Northumberland County’s Board of Supervisors adopted a budget for the coming fiscal year at a meeting in Heathsville Thursday evening.
The supervisors voted 4 to 1, with Tommy Tomlin the lone negative vote, for a 2018-2019 budget of $40,406,467, an increase of almost 1.5 million dollars above the current fiscal year’s budget of $38,899,007.
County Administrator, Luttrell Tadlock said Monday, June 25 that for the most part the new budget funded the county’s activities at the same level as they were funded in the year about to end. The additional money is primarily for funding an expanded emergency services department.
Tadlock said the goal is to hire eight new full time emergency services personnel giving a total of 16 members of the Northumberland Emergency Services in order for the county to have two teams of paid EMS technicians on duty all day every day.
Tadlock said the new personnel would not be hired right away because the supervisors are still studying how to integrate them with the county’s volunteer’s squads.
Money for the expanded county EMS operations will be in the county’s undesignated general fund until it is needed, Tadlock noted. That fund, which is normally about $5 million is used to pay county expenses when tax receipts run low before new taxes are paid, will total $7.2 million in the new budget.
The new budget does not include any tax increases. Absent something unexpected,Tadlock said they won’t occur, if they do, until after the new county assessment is completed. If they are needed, they won’t happen until 2020, according to Tadlock.