James City County's biennial budget plan focuses on need for more schools, other growth challenges
Date: April 14, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ruth Richey, Acting Communications Director
Phone: (757) 253-6864
James City County' s proposed budget for fiscal years 2007 and 2008 reaffirms the County' s commitment to providing quality education and meet the challenges of growth while keeping the real estate tax rate steady.
"This budget strives to meet the financial challenges of growth, maintaining infrastructure, and planning for the future," County Administrator Sandy Wanner said. "James City County is prepared for 2007 and we look forward to providing our citizens with the highest quality of service and our visitors with a safe and rewarding experience."
The County' s proposed FY07 contribution to Williamsburg-James City County Schools is $79.8 million, which is nearly 52 percent of the General Fund budget and represents an increase of 10.2 percent over the current FY06 budget. FY08 funding of $90.1 million represents a nearly 13 percent increase. In 2007, capital projects include an eighth elementary school; in 2008, a ninth elementary school and fourth middle school. The FY08 plan also includes operating funds and the addition of nearly 100 positions to staff the third high school and eighth elementary school.
The County's proposed FY07 General Fund budget totals $154.9 million, an 11.3 percent increase over the current year's budget. While the County is meeting the growing demands for facilities, amenities and services, the biennial financial plan recommends maintaining the current real estate tax rate of 78.5 cents per $100 assessed value. Other highlights of the FY07 (July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007) and FY08 (July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008) budget plan include:
- Jamestown 2007 planning and tourism funding, including Anniversary weekend security, community events and promotions, and funding for the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities.
- Preservation of 198 acres at the Jamestown Campsites and Basin properties along the James River and Powhatan Creek.
- Park improvements including multi-use fields, playgrounds and picnic shelters, trails, and green space and conservation easements funded by bonds approved by County voters in the November 2005 referendum.
- First-year funding of an investment in future water sources using the King William Reservoir in partnership with Newport News Waterworks.
- Funding for the FY07 Parks and Recreation Master Plan and FY08 Comprehensive Plan updates.
- Creation of a stormwater utility in FY08.
- Six new police officers and three new firefighters.
The James City County Board of Supervisors will consider the proposed budget in work sessions at the James City County Government Complex, 101-F Mounts Bay Road. The meetings will also be televised live on County Government Channel JCC TV48. Upcoming meetings include:
- Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m., regular meeting and public hearing on budget
- Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m., budget work session
- Monday, May 1, at 4 p.m., budget work session
- Wednesday, May 3, at 7 p.m., budget work session
- Tuesday, May 9, at 7 p.m., regular meeting (adoption of budget)
Copies of the proposed budget will be available April 17 at Financial & Management Services (FMS), 101 Mounts Bay Road, Building F; Williamsburg Regional Library, 515 Scotland St.; James City County Library, 7770 Croaker Road; Satellite Services, 3127 Forge Road; and on the County’s web site, www.jccEgov.com.