Scott County supervisors approve budget with no tax increase

Holly Viers • Jun 30, 2018 at 6:30 PM

GATE CITY — The Scott County Board of Supervisors has finalized and approved its budget for the next fiscal year, and luckily for residents, it does not include a tax increase.

Four of the BOS’ seven members were present at a meeting on Thursday afternoon to vote on the budget, which was first presented during a public hearing earlier this month.

Budget highlights

• The general fund budget is just under $23.5 million.

• The total budget, including the school system budget and special funds, is about $65.8 million.

• The BOS took $334,556 from reserves to balance the budget. That amount is less than the $380,501 that was originally expected.

• As projected in the budget draft, the finalized budget allocates nearly $2 million for the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority’s Duffield facility, with nearly $1.6 million of that going toward jail operations. This remains one of the county’s biggest expenses.

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

Tax levies

• Real estate and manufactured homes: $0.74

• Public service corporation: $0.74

• Personal property: $1.40

• Merchants’ capital and machinery and tools: $0.72

County Administrator Freda Starnes noted that all of these amounts are the same as in the last budget.

BOS members’ thoughts

Supervisor Danny Mann commended the other board members and staff for working hard on the budget and ensuring the tax rates didn’t change.

“We’re better off than what we thought we were going to be.”

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