Budget hearing is Monday night

The public, of course, is invited to the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors’ public hearing on the county’s $22.1 million proposed budget for 2012-2013 (also known as fiscal year 2012). It’s 7 p.m. Monday (April 30) in the high school auditorium. The budget includes a 5-cent, or 8.6 percent, increase in the property tax levy per $100 of assessed value.

County Administrator John McCarthy says the General Assembly’s final approval of the state’s budget last week – though the details are not yet fully available to county and city governments – means that its planned 3-percent salary increase for non-school county employes will be at least partially funded by the state, possibly by as much as 25 percent.

The increase in the school system’s $12.3 million portion of the budget includes a 3-percent across-the-board salary increase for staff, and a state-mandated $390,000 increase in employer contributions to the Virginia Retirement System.

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