February 22, 2013
Albemarle County Executive Tom Foley presented the 2013-2014 budget to the Board of Supervisors on Friday. Foley says the county has emerged from the recession and is moving towards a bright future.
This year's budget totals $321,153,559 with a revenue increase of $7.2 million from last year.
The largest increases in expenditures in the budget support public safety and education.
Public safety with an increase of $1.8 million and education for $2.6 millions. Libraries will get nearly $400,000 of that money.
In terms of public safety, this money will allow the Albemarle County Police Department to tackle its number one concern: traffic safety issues. He says Albemarle County is one of the most dangerous counties in the state to operate a vehicle in.
And if this budget passes, the department will get four additional officers.
"A position dedicated towards traffic safety and enforcement of traffic laws and education of our kids and our population in terms of traffic safety, is a huge increase in toward reducing the deaths on the highways and the injuries," Col. Steve Sellers of the Albemarle County Police Department.
One of the four new officers will be a School Resource Officer for a county middle school. Several SRO's were cut after the recession hit.
"Adding an SRO to one of our middle schools is a step in the right direction in ensuring that all of our kids are safe," Sellers said.
Albemarle County Schools are happy to be teaming up with the county and police to move towards making sure all schools has SRO's.
The school board is facing a deficit and this budget does not cover all of its shortfall.
"We're very positive this budget season we're not facing a crisis," said Josh Davis, Chief Operating Officer. "When we were going through the recession and had to make $6 million in cuts, that was really difficult. But this is a time where revenues are increasing so it's a different kind of negotiation that's taking place."
He says they are prepared to go back and forth with the Board of Supervisors to figure out a plan.
County Executive Tom Foley says the goals of this budget are to build, invest and advance.
Taxes on the average homeowner will decrease $104 dollars from last year.
The entire budget can be seen by Clicking Here