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Stan’s Skateland is still rocking & rolling in Montross

Stan’s Skateland is still rocking & rolling in Montross

Westmoreland County business-man Stan Schoppe spends much of each week working to preserve a part of...

Washington and Lee Hosts Career Fair

Washington and Lee Hosts Career Fair

Twenty-nine local businesses made their annual visit to the Washington and Lee High School Career Fa...

WM Girl Scouts are Prepared

WM Girl Scouts are Prepared

Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors of Girl Scout Troops 159 and 3212 in Westmoreland County met with Va...

Ribbon Cutting 2014 Caroline County Family YMCA

Ribbon Cutting 2014 Caroline County Family YMCA

Ten years ago, Barney Reiley, CEO of the Rappahannock Family YMCA group, met with the Caroline Count...

Weather has delayed the opening of new Westmoreland Judicial Center

Westmoreland County Executive Norm Risavi said this week that weather problems have delayed the open...

Showing their support

Showing their support

On Tuesday, March 10, 21 persons participated at the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office to have th...

 

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9 school jobs saved in revised budget

Funding restored for assistant middle school principal and 8 instructional aides
The Westmoreland supervisors and county school division representatives worked long and hard this Monday afternoon and the result of the combined effort generated applause from the large group of school division supporters who gathered for the April 12 Board of Supervisors meeting.
At the end of the lengthy deliberations, funding had been restored to prevent next year’s elimination of the county school division’s assistant middle school principal and eight instructional aides.
On Tuesday morning, numbers were still being tweaked. Westmoreland would raise the tax it levies on machinery and tools in order to support the additional assistance the new budget will provide to the county’s school division.

In addition to saving nine school division jobs, the adjustments allow the school division to continue its pre-kindergarten program whose proposed elimination generated wide-spread public outcry following the county school board’s reluctant adoption of the most austere ever budget on March 22. Funding for the division’s algebra readiness program has also been restored.
The new county budget’s bottom line was approximately $20.7 million. With the real estate tax rate set at 46 cents, the average tax bill will remain at last year’s level.
A public hearing has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, April 23, in A.T. Johnson auditorium. Adoption will follow in the same location at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 1.
The new tax rates and budget will govern the fiscal year that begins  July 1.
Throughout the long budget discussion the recurring subject was the dire economic condition. County Administrator Norm Risavi noted a sharp decline in everything from new home construction activity to earnings from the county’s sale of recyclable materials. Residents, he explained, are buying fewer new cars and home appliances.
The average Westmoreland County landowner’s property value appreciated 10.36 percent, according to the most recently compiled set of reassessment numbers. Values inside the Town of Colonial Beach rose only 3.75 percent.
More information on the proposed 2010-2011 Westmoreland County budget will be published in next week’s edition of The Journal.

 

Betsy Ficklin
Staff reporter

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