March 7, 2007
For the first time, Albemarle County residents were able to weigh in on the proposed 2008 operating budget.
A packed crowd of more than one hundred folks filled Lane Auditorium to discuss the proposed $315 million spending plan. The plan keeps the tax rate at the current $.74 and it also includes large increases for the County School System.
"Albemarle citizens identify quality education as the number one priority. Please embrace your leadership function and fully fund the School Board's funding request," said Mary Huffard.
"When real estate tax rates go up by that much, then home ownership costs are going to increase and become that much less affordable," said Thomas Strassler.
The next public hearing will be April 4. The Board of Supervisors is set to adopt the spending plan on April 11.