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Budget vote set Tuesday
By Henry County Board of Supervisors
Monday, April 21, 2014
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
The Henry County Board of Supervisors will consider adopting the fiscal 2014-2015 county budget at its 3 p.m. regular monthly meeting Tuesday.
To complete the budget process, the supervisors must perform several actions, including setting tax rates, adopting the budget and appropriating the budget.
Appropriation of the budget is scheduled for the board’s May 27 regular monthly meeting.
According to board documents, the projected tax rates for the new budget are $0.488 per $100 of assessed value for real estate and $1.48 per $100 of assessed value for personal property (including motor vehicles) and for machinery and tools/business equipment.
The budget for Henry County Schools also will be approved at the meeting. Schools Superintendent Dr. Jared Cotton will submit a final version of the budget for the supervisors’ approval prior to the meeting.
Also at the board’s 3 p.m. meeting, the supervisors are scheduled to:
• Consider awarding a contract for a replacement vehicle to Henry County Parks and Recreation.
Parks and Recreation Director Roger Adams has requested that the board award a $26,586.81 purchase contract for a Ford F250 truck to Colonial Ford and Truck Sales of Richmond.
• Consider awarding a contract and additional appropriation for a replacement vehicle for Building Inspections.
Lee Clark, director of Planning, Zoning and Inspections, has requested that the board award a $24,993.80 purchase contract for a 2014 Ford Explorer to Sheehy Ford of Richmond. He also is asking the board to approve a transfer of $994 to cover the total cost of the vehicle.
• Consider awarding a contract and additional appropriation for a replacement vehicle for the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Lane Perry has requested that the board appropriate $27,121 received from insurance proceeds to allow him to buy the vehicle. He also has requested that the board award a purchasing contract in the same amount for the Ford Police Interceptor to Sheehy Ford of Richmond.
• Consider appropriating a grant of $5,832 from the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office to improve the camera system in the county jail.
• Consider an appropriation of $7,000 from the Asset Forfeiture fund to be used to buy equipment and a trailer necessary for the sheriff’s office to clean up methamphetamine labs.
• Consider appropriating $1,200 in asset forfeiture funds to cover travel expenses for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for the rest of the fiscal year.
• Consider accepting and appropriating a $35,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (VDHCD) for the “15 Magical Miles Planning Grant” project. The county is assisting the Smith River Small Towns Collaborative with the project.
If the grant is accepted, the supervisors will consider using the funds to award a technical assistance contract to Hill Studio of Roanoke.
The contract will be used to develop a master plan to address priorities established by the Smith River Small Towns Collaborative.
• Consider awarding contracts for housing rehabilitation and reconstruction at four sites in the Linden Road Housing Rehab Project. The contracts total $185,017.
• Consider a proclamation declaring May 2, 2014, as Volunteer Fire and EMS Appreciation Day in Henry County.
• Hear a monthly update from Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corp. President/CEO Mark Heath.
• Hear a report on delinquent tax collection efforts from Henry County Treasurer Scott Grindstaff.
• Receive routine informational reports from building inspection, report by district, parks and recreation, public safety, the sheriff’s office and County Administrator Tim Hall.
• Receive monthly financial reports.
• Approve accounts payable.
• Meet in closed session to discuss appointees to the boards of the Parks and Recreation Department, Patrick Henry Community College, Henry-Martinsville Social Services, Piedmont Regional Community Services and Southern Area Agency on Aging; discuss pending legal matters; discuss acquisition/disposal of real estate; and discuss as-yet unannounced industries.