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Murals will be a tough act to follow

Murals will be a tough act to follow

The three new murals painted by renowned artists Melanie Stimmell from Los Angeles, and Anat Ronen, ...

Wmd Supervisors finalize budget

The Westmoreland Board of Supervisors met in special session Thursday night to finalize the county’s...

VDOT work on Mattox Creek Bridge begins this week

VDOT work on Mattox Creek Bridge begins this week

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is beginning what will be a two-year project to reb...

Former W&L Principal enters guilty plea to DWI charges

Andrea Roane, former principal of Washington and Lee High School, whose arrest for drunk driving in ...

W&L’s new football coach is Northern Neck legend

W&L’s new football coach is Northern Neck legend

Hopes for the 2014-2015 edition of the Washington & Lee Eagles varsity football team just got a ...

Environmental assessment will be required before drilling is allowed

Westmoreland County, Montross and other localities around Virginia have received a small victory in ...

 Last week when the July 9, 2014 Journal was sent to be printed, the printer's press broke and we had problems with the printed version of the 7-9-14 paper.

However, the press was fixed, and our July 16, 2014 editions are out as usual.

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15¢ hike needed to fund school budget

Westmoreland school division’s budget request goes to BoS

The Westmoreland School Board conducted its public hearing this Monday on the next year’s budget. When no one objected to the proposal that would result in a 35 percent increase in taxes, the budget was adopted.

The approved 2011-2012 budget’s $19,006,494 is down by $827,784 when compared to the budget that governs the division’s 2010-2011 operations and accounts for employee step increases and 11 additional instructional and administrative employment

positions. The adopted budget includes $11,797,347 allocated for instruction.

The local contribution is $2,621,166 greater than the current level of support, offsetting reduced state and federal contributions.
Despite minor numbers adjustments, bottom line values had not changed since the March 7 joint meeting of the Westmoreland County School Board and Board of Supervisors. During that session the members of the county government made it clear that a tax hike is not an option.

The real estate tax rate in Westmoreland is currently 46 cents per $100 value. Funding the School Board’s adopted budget would necessitate increasing that rate as much as 15 cents.

County Administrator Norm Risavi is currently at work on a new county budget. The supervisors have directed the administrator to develop a proposal with no change to the county’s current tax rates. State law does not require the local government to fund the School Board’s full request.
 

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