WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | News, Weather & Sports

Schools, Public Defenders Take Spotlight During Budget Comments

By: Ruth Morton Email
By: Ruth Morton Email

February 25, 2012

People gave their opinions on next year's recommended budget at Monday evening's hearing. The new budget totals more than $321 million.

The plan's largest increases in expenditures support public safety and education. Education funding increases $2.6 million.

Many people asked the board to fund the schools' funding request.

"We would like Doctor Moran's budget to be fully funded. We think that it's a reasonable request {and} that it allows us to continue to do the work that we've been asked to do by the School Board and the Board of Supervisors and our community," said Ashby Kindler, principal of Murray High School. Kindler spoke during the public comment on behalf of principals in Albemarle.

Other commenters asked for the budget to fund programs for the elderly and asked for money to pay public defenders more.

"All lawyers don't get fabulous salaries but many of them do. But the public service folks do not. And it's particularly true of the public defenders," said Dick Reppucci, Albemarle County Resident. "In order for us to have a just and fair system, we really need to provide the resources necessary on both sides."

The board will have budget work sessions March 4-13. It will hold public hearings on its 2013/2014 budget and 2013 tax rate on March 27. It adopts the budget and sets the tax rate April 3. For more information on Albemarle's budget, click here.

The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.


powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 193204491