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Northumberland County board of supervisors adopt budget, appropriate $32.4 million for 2014-2015 fiscal year

Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 11:40 am

Northumberland County’s Board of Supervisors adopted the county’s budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 at a meeting in Heathsville Thursday morning.

The Supervisors appropriated $32,405,916 for county operations in the coming fiscal year. They also budgeted an additional $260,723 for several items but did not appropriate funds to pay for them.

Before appropriating $200,000 for the purpose, the Supervisors wanted more information on two deputies and a dispatcher that the sheriff has asked for County Administrator Kenny Eades said Monday. Similarly, the supervisors wanted additional information on several Social Services requests including funding a new position, Eades said. The items were included in the county budget but no money was appropriated to pay for them yet.

The largest part of the county budget, $16,207,863 went to the county’s schools.

The grant to the schools was in a new form. Instead of simply giving them a lump sum to apportion within the school system as the school board sees fit, the Supervisors granted the money in seven different categories. The School Board will not be able to move money from one category to another without the  Supervisors’ permission. Eades said that at the end of fiscal year 2013 the Supervisors had noted more transferring of funds between categories than had happened in the past and wanted more control over such changes.

Eades said that terms and conditions attached to the budget such as the Supervisors’ reservation of authority to change employees’ pay and do away with positions did not apply to the schools.

The Supervisors also raised…


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