A 4.5-cent increase to Rockbridge County's tax rate is contemplated in a proposed budget that's being taken to a public hearing.
The Board of Supervisors on Wednesday voted 5-0 to advertise a real estate tax rate of 71.5 cents per $100 assessed value. There's actually quite a bit of uncertainty over the budget because of an impasse on a spending plan at the state level.
“The Board agreed to move ahead using the most conservative state figures,” said County Administrator Spencer Suter, who prepared a budget document with Steve Bolster, the county's director of fiscal services.
The budget includes step increases for eligible county employees that would take effect July 1, and 1 percent raises for all county employees, effective Dec. 1. The latter of these proposals is based on the latest proposed pay hikes for state employees.
Among the planned new expenditures in the county are $71,737 for a human resources officer that would cover salary and benefits, $400,000 for contracted ambulance services and $110,000 for a major upgrade to the Lake Robertson pool.
A more detailed account of the proposed budget will be in the April 16 print edition of The News-Gazette. A public hearing hearing on the proposed budget will take place Wednesday, April 23, at 6 p.m. Adoption is scheduled for the following week on April 30.