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Scott County holds public hearing on budget

Holly Viers • Jun 7, 2018 at 5:30 PM

GATE CITY – After holding two budget workshops last month, the Scott County Board of Supervisors has prepared its draft budget for fiscal year 2019.

The budget was presented during a public hearing at Wednesday’s regularly scheduled BOS meeting. County residents were invited to voice their opinions on the budget to the board, but none chose to do so.

Highlights of the draft budget

• It does not include a tax increase.

• The budget deficit currently sits at $380,501. BOS Chairman David Redwine said the deficit was around $1.2 million when budget workshops began, and the board was forced to deny certain budget requests to bring the deficit down.

• The county’s general fund budget is just under $23.5 million. If the draft budget is approved, Redwine said money from the general fund would be used to take care of the budget deficit and balance the budget.

• The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority’s Duffield facility remains one of the county’s biggest expenses. The budget draft allocates nearly $2 million for the regional jail, with nearly $1.6 million of that going toward jail operating expenses.

• The draft budget allocates $190,871 for capital projects, which include vehicle replacements for the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 radio system, optical scan voting machines and remodeling of the circuit court clerk’s area.

Board chairman’s thoughts

In comments to the rest of the board, Redwine applauded board members and staff for working hard to draft a manageable budget.

“We certainly had requests that we would like to have been able to provide that we did not in this budget,” Redwine said. “I feel like we did the best that we could do to provide the things that are necessary and a few of the things that are sort of special request, but the best we could do, we knocked about $800,000 off this deficit, and that’s a considerable undertaking.”

Redwine added that he believes the county is “blessed through what I feel like is responsible management of our money.”

“We were able to, I think, keep the county in a safe position financially and still prevent tax increase,” he said. “So I’m happy to be able to do that, as a board.”

The BOS is scheduled to vote on the budget later this month.

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