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March 18, 2010

Albemarle Supervisors set tax rate for advertisement and commit to funding YMCA

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Albemarle County Supervisor Ken Boyd (Rivanna)

On March 17, 2010, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors held their fourth work session related to the FY 2011 budget.  During this meeting, the Board reiterated its commitment to provide $2.03 million to the Piedmont Family YMCA for construction of its new facility in McIntire Park, received an update on school funding, reviewed proposed additions to the budget, and discussed capital funding needs. 

At the conclusion of the meeting, the board voted 4-2 to advertise a real estate property tax rate of 74.2 cents for the 2010 calendar year (Boyd, Dorrier, Snow & Thomas in favor; Mallek & Rooker against).

Having set the maximum tax rate, the County budget will proceed to a public hearing on March 31st.  The Board is expected to adopt a final budget and tax rate at their meeting on April 7th.

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  • 00:01:36 - Supervisor Rodney Thomas (Rio) reads motion certifying closed meeting.  A topic in the closed meeting was the contract to provide $2.03 in funding to the Piedmont Family YMCA.  Three Supervisors had expressed interest in reconsidering those funds at a work session earlier in the week.
  • 00:02:12 - Statement by Supervisor Dennis Rooker (Jack Jouett), on behalf of the board, reiterating the County's support for providing $2.03 million in capital funding for the construction of the YMCA facility.
  • 00:02:52 - County Executive Bob Tucker introduces budget work session
  • 00:03:15 - Ron Price, Chairman of the Albemarle County School Board, updates the board on the state budget's impact on the school's budget.
  • 00:35:00 - Richard Wiggans, Albemarle County Director of Finance, provides update on the general fund revenues from the state. The state budget provides and additional $350,000 to local gov (excluding schools).
  • 00:38:00 - Tucker informs the board that a 76.2 cent tax rate covers budget additions proposed by Supervisors w/ 2 cents dedicated for capital needs.
  • 00:40:00 - Supervisors ask questions about Family Support Workers and Bright Stars Program.
  • 00:44:30 - Supervisor Ken Boyd expresses concerns about "picking out winners and losers" in the course of the board's discussion as to whether anything should be added back to Tucker's budget.
  • 00:45:35 - Albemarle Supervisors begin reviewing list of 10 proposed additions to budget totaling about $440,000. The board has made no reductions to Tucker's budget.
  • 01:06:35 - Supervisors discussing restoration of $158,657 to level fund regional library system. Boyd has suggested in 2 previous meetings withdrawing from Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (JMRL) system.
  • 01:07:13 - Clark Draper, Scottsville Town Administrator, speaks in support of Scottsville Library and Scottsville Community Center.
  • 01:13:15 - Boyd says he will support library funding and asks for consideration of regional library system in the board's June 2010 strategic planning mtg.
  • 01:15:45 - Tim Tolson, JMRL Trustee, says if libraries are level-funded he will recommend other methods for closing a remaining $85,000 budget deficit without resorting to cutting of hours at Scottsville and Crozet branches.  Albemarle Supervisors reach consensus to level fund regional library system w/ $158,657 addition to Tucker's budget.
  • 01:23:20 - Supervisor Ann Mallek (White Hall) says she supports adding 2 cents to Albemarle's 74.2 cent tax rate to generate additional $3.073 million for capital budget.
  • 01:24:05 - Mallek raises issue of capital funding reduction for Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad (liquidating prior years' allocations in capital budget).
  • 01:28:15 - Supervisors reviewing pros and cons of tax rate adjustments and Albemarle's capital needs.
  • 01:31:14 - Supervisor Duane Snow (Samuel Miller) says he wants to represent people who have e-mailed him asking that Albemarle's tax rate not be raised
  • 01:31:57 - Rooker advocates for tax rate increase from 74.2, but below 'equalized rate' in order to support capital funding
  • 01:33:42 - Boyd encourages board to hold the line on tax rate and make tough decisions like those being made by business sector
  • 01:36:40 - Boyd makes motion to advertise real estate property tax rate of 74.2 cents (2009 rate) for calendar year 2010.
  • 01:37:20 - Rooker says he has never seen a County budget that has not invested in capital needs
  • 01:39:30 - Mallek says most of her constituents have said they can pay same as they paid last year (i.e. equalized rate)
  • 01:40:47 - Rooker says community should 'keep taxes about the same' (i.e. not a tax cut as provided by 74.2 rate) and have a 'modest capital budget instead of no capital budget.'
  • 01:43:35 - Boyd says, 'The times demand that we give taxpayers a break.'
  • 01:44:52 - Supervisor Lindsay Dorrier (Scottsville) says the public will see we are making 'wise investments at the local level.'
  • 01:45:35 - Albemarle Supervisors vote 4-2 (Rooker & Mallek against) to advertise 74.2 cent real estate property tax rate (current rate)


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