The Clarke County Board of Supervisors passed a $37.8M fiscal year 2013 budget on Monday evening. The budget passed with Supervisors Hobert (Berryville), Weiss (Buckmarsh), Byrd (Russell) and Staelin (Millwood) all voting to support of the resolution.
Supervisor Bev McKay (White Post) was not present for the vote.
The budget passed with only minor changes from last week when the Supervisors agreed in principle to approve a one-cent tax hike pending the final outcome from the Virginia Assembly’s then-undecided state budget. Although Virginia’s budget was passed by both the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates last week, the Assembly has still yet to formally approve the associated spending resolutions.
Monday’s final Clarke County budget included a $16K increase for salary adjustments at the Clarke County Sheriff’s Department, a $12K increase in support for the regional jail and a $4.9K increase for county agriculture extension services. The budget reflected a $22K decrease in planning department expense due to a decrease in salary for the new planning administrator after departure of the previous director.
View Clarke County’s FY2013 budget and budget resolutions here: Clarke County, Virginia – FY13 Budget
Based on fiscal year 2013 revenues, the County is projecting a deficit, net pay-as-you-go, of $495K. The projected fiscal year 2013 deficit is more than double the fiscal year 2012 deficit of $220K.
At Monday night’s meeting Joint Administrative Services director Tom Judge presented a summary budget document intended to illustrate the correlation between long term decreases in state funding support and the shift in tax burden to localities.
Judge said that Clarke County’s state funding for fiscal year 2013 is $754K below the funding level provided in fiscal year 2007.
“Fiscal year 2007 represents when the current fiscal problems really started,” Judge said. “We are continuing to loose funding from the Commonwealth.”
“I understand why the state had to make the cuts,” said Supervisor Staelin. “But what they do continues to affect us.”
View Clarke County’s FY2007 – FY2013 Commonwealth of Virginia revenue variance here: Clarke County, Virginia – FY13 State Funding Variance