Albemarle County Sets Budget Priorities

By: Cheryn Stone Email
By: Cheryn Stone Email

September 28, 2007

Friday, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors reviewed their goals for the county at their strategic planning retreat.

A focus was on emergency services.

Assistant County Executive, Bryan Elliot, says, "We see both fire rescue and police as an emerging strategic trend for the county to consider."

They're looking at where the services are now, and where the future should take them.

Chairman of the Board Ken Boyd says, "We’re making sure that we have enough fire stations in appropriate places; that we have enough staff on the police department to meet what we set as appropriate response times for the community."

Albemarle County Fire and Rescue Chief Dan Eggleston says they're trying to address some service gaps in parts of the county.

Right now, they board has a revenue picture. They're finding they'll probably have a budget shortfall.

"So our challenge is to continue to meet these strategic goals in the services that this community wants and stay within the budget of what we expect to get in tax revenues," Boyd says.

They all have the same goal in mind, ensuring a high quality of life in Albemarle County.

Boyd says they'll be working more on their budget starting in December. They will be able to make better predictions of how they will have to address a budget shortfall at that time.

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