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Stafford Board of Supervisors will take up the fiscal 2013 budget again Tuesday
Date published: 4/29/2012
Stimpson proposed transferring all of the possible $715,000 to schools, while Sterling said he would not compromise on removing it from transportation, where the funds have traditionally been used.
On Tuesday, the School Board will also meet to discuss the impact of the state's changes to funding the Virginia Retirement System.
The state had been providing employee contributions for retirement, but starting this year, localities are responsible for covering that cost, which is 5 percent of employees' salaries.
Also, supervisors on the committee were hung up on the local transfer to the schools, and how to account for the raises that the School Board had hoped for.
One suggestion was to delay raises by six months, to January, which is when county employees' raises go into effect.
The proposed fiscal 2013 budget had included a $4 million increase to schools.
"I don't want to give $500,000 more to the schools, when we're giving them almost all our new revenue," Stimpson said. "I would like to give some of that back to the taxpayer."
She wants to cut the real estate tax rate by 1 cent from the proposed rate of $1.08 per $100 of assessed value.
Not all board members have stated their opinions on the tax rate, though there have been suggestions to cut a fraction of a penny in order to achieve a balanced budget.
Also at Tuesday's meeting, supervisors will likely enact an emergency ordinance to extend the due dates for county taxes to June 19.
Typically, mid-year taxes are due June 5, but because bills will be going out later than normal this year because of the delayed adoptions, county officials want to ensure residents have a 30-day payment window.
Katie Thisdell: 540/735-1975