Tax bills late; more borrowing possible

The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors will meet in a special session at 3 p.m. tomorrow afternoon (Friday, Oct. 18) at the courthouse (or at the Extension office, upstairs at 311 Gay St., if a scheduled morning trial runs late) to discuss authorizing additional short-term borrowing to help pay its bills.

The supervisors already voted to borrow up to $1 million to help cover the county payroll and payables this month at its Oct. 7 meeting. The additional funds, Stonewall-Hawthorne supervisor Chris Parrish said Tuesday, might be necessary. “For five months out of the year, we’re basically without revenue,” noted County Administrator John McCarthy.

“That $1 million just might not be enough,” said Parrish, who added that the funds might become necessary due to a delay in sending out the real estate and property tax forms. McCarthy said the forms are usually mailed by Oct. 1 at the latest; this year, they weren’t mailed until Oct. 15.

Treasurer Frances Foster said Wednesday that the delay was due to the new computer system which the office is still learning and which resulted in a delay of printing the forms.

“I think what this is ultimately leading to is twice-yearly tax collections,” said McCarthy.

“I’m imploring the county’s citizens to make a concerted effort to pay their taxes as soon as possible,” Parrish said, a measure which “could curtail this problem immediately.”