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Supervisors to vote on budget Tuesday
Monday, April 22, 2013
By SAM JACKSON - Bulletin Staff Writer
The Henry County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on the county’s 2013-14 fiscal year budget on Tuesday.
Representatives of Henry County Schools and the Blue Ridge Regional Library sought changes to County Administrator Tim Hall’s proposed $115,656,057 proposed budget during the board’s meeting April 15, but no amendments were made.
The proposed budget includes pay raises for county employees, adds positions, provides level funding — but less than requested — to the school division, and raises the real estate tax rate to offset revenue drops resulting from the recent property reassessment. Aside from the school system budget, overall expenses are down 2.1 percent in the proposed budget.
Hall’s proposed budget leaves county funding for the schools at $16,577,895, the same as this fiscal year. The school board had requested a total of $16,844,238 in county funds, an increase of about $266,343, or 1.61 percent.
In other matters at their 3 p.m. meeting in the Summerlin Meeting Room at the Henry County Administration Building, the supervisors are scheduled to:
• Consider approval of items of consent, including the minutes from the meetings on March 26, April 2, April 4 and April 15; approval of accounts payable; and a resolution establishing May 3 as “Fire and Rescue Volunteer Appreciation Day” in Henry County.
The proclamation pays tribute to the efforts of about 500 citizens who field 1,600 calls for service from fire departments and 6,300 calls for EMS response. It honors the members of the Axton, Bassett, Collinsville, Dyers Store, Fieldale, Horsepasture, Patrick Henry and Ridgeway volunteer fire departments and the Axton, Bassett, Fieldale-Collinsville, Horsepasture and Ridgeway rescue squads and expresses the board’s gratitude to fire and EMS workers.
• Consider a proclamation establishing May 15 as “National Police Officers Memorial Day” in Henry County.
May 13-17 has been set aside to honor fallen police officers nationwide, according the proclamation, and May 15 is National Police Officers Memorial Day. The proclamation lists six Henry County law enforcement officers — John Hughes Mitchell, George S. Frame, John J. Johnson, Willis Herman Ferguson, George Melvin Brown and Paul Edward Grubb — who have died in the line of duty, and it proposes the county take part in the national day of celebration.
• Consider a resolution recognizing the service of Dr. Richard S. Perren, who has served as operational medical director for the volunteer rescue squads and the department of public safety since 2009.
• County treasurer Scott Grindstaff will provide a report on the county’s delinquent tax collection efforts, including a report for Taxing Authority Consulting Services concerning the collection of delinquent real estate taxes.
• Receive the county’s monthly update from the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp.
• Discuss financial matters, including the additional appropriation of state $53,147.12 from the state’s Four-For-Life return-to-localities fund; appropriation of a $10,000 Harvest Foundation Pick up the Pace! (PUP) grant to the Gateway Streetscape Foundation; appropriation of asset forfeiture funds from the office Commonwealth’s Attorney Bob Bushnell to cover travel expenses for the rest of the year; and appropriation of $435,234 in additional funds to the Henry County School Board.
According to board documents, Henry County will receive $338,811 in state funds above what was included in fiscal year 2013, as well as additional funds from the sale of school buses and reimbursed transportation costs.
• Hear comments from the board.
In closed session, the board will consider appointees to the Blue Ridge Regional Library Board, Parks and Recreation Board, Community Policy and Management Team, Piedmont Regional Community Services Board and Southside Community Action Board; consult with County Attorney George Lyle on pending legal matters; consult with Lyle on acquisition and/or disposal of real estate; and consult with Lyle on discussion of as-yet unannounced industries.