James City County releases FY 2012 proposed budget
March 29, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:Jody Puckett, Communications Director
Phone: (757) 253-6605
County Administrator Robert C. Middaugh’s first budget since joining James City County last August is better described by what is not included rather than what is included: no changes in tax rates or fees, no overall pay increase for County employees, no increase in staff and no real property reassessment. The FY 2012 (FY12) budget focuses on a reallocation of internal resources and the maintenance of existing programs and community facilities, regional partnerships, debt service and the Williamsburg-James City County (WJCC) Schools.
The proposed $164 million FY12 budget increases by $3.1 million or two percent over the adopted fiscal plan. Using recent Census figures, the per-capita spending in the FY12 budget, adjusted for inflation, is lower than it has been in any year since the mid-1990s.
This year’s increase is due largely to spending increases in fuel costs, health insurance, equipment maintenance and electricity rates. The rest of the revenue increase is directed to one-time spending such as capital projects, a watershed study and voter redistricting.
The County will fund WJCC at $74.2 million, about 99 percent of their request. Most outside agencies will see flat funding but some will see funds shifted, reduced or eliminated. The County will reduce funding to the Williamsburg Area Chamber and Tourism Alliance to match the City of Williamsburg at $650,000. Other lodging proceeds will be shifted to a Tourism Investment Fund for projects, venues and special events designed to expand the County’s role as a tourism partner.
The Capital Projects Fund totals roughly $8.7 million with the majority going to expand Fire Station 4 on Olde Towne Road and renovations to Mid-County Park and Building D at the County Government Center. Few school projects are included.
An increase of over $1 million is intended to add funds to the Debt Service Reserve and bank future funds for the next two fiscal years.
The Board of Supervisors will hold a series of budget meetings in April at 7 p.m.:
- April 12, Regular Board of Supervisors meeting – Budget Public Hearing and Budget Presentation with recommended tax rates
- April 14, Budget Work Session
- April 18, Budget Work Session
- April 20, Budget Work Session
- April 26, Regular Board of Supervisors meeting – Budget Adoption
The proposed budget can be accessed on the County website at jamescitycountyva.gov/budget and is available at the Williamsburg and James City County libraries.
Meetings are held in the Building F Board Room at the County Government Center, 101-F Mounts Bay Road. All meetings are televised live on JCC TV, Cox Cable Channel 48 and online and on demand at jamescitycountyva.gov/jcctv. Board of Supervisors agendas are posted at jamescitycountyva.gov/bos.