$37.9 million budget OK’d for fiscal 2014

Posted: April 18, 2013

The Winchester Star

BERRYVILLE — With a nod to the county’s employees, who will not be getting a raise this year, the Clarke Board of Supervisors Wednesday night passed a $37.9 million spending plan for fiscal year 2014.


The budget increases only $183,169 over the spending plan in place for 2012-13, which went into effect July 1.


The supervisors expect revenues of $37,361,761 to come in beginning July 1, but had to budget $636,295 from the county’s fund balance to cover the next fiscal year’s expenses.


When they began their budget deliberations earlier this year, the supervisors set a goal of keeping tax rates at the current level.


To do that, they had to turn down a request from the county school system for an additional $1.2 million in local money, which would have given teachers a 3 percent pay raise as well helping the division add new positions.


Supervisor David Weiss, vice chairman of the board and a member of the Finance Committee, said he had tremendous respect for the county’s workforce, both administrative and school.


“I would like to give a pay raise,” he said, but added, “I do not think we can do that.”


The schools operations budget was set at $20,697,598, down $95,212 from the current fiscal year.


The county upped its contribution to the schools by almost $100,000, as did the federal government, but state funding cuts kept the increase from showing on the budget.


The real estate tax rate remains at 63 cents per $100 of assessed value. That means a $200,000 house in Clarke will be taxed at $1,260.


The personal property tax rate will stay at $4.496 per $100 of assessed value?



Attending the meeting at the John H. Enders Fire Company were Chairman Michael Hobert and Supervisors Beverly McKay, David Weiss, John Staelin and Barbara Byrd.


— Contact Val Van Meter at vvanmeter@winchesterstar.com