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N E W S   R E L E A S E

 

April 13, 2012

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Contact:         

 

Jody Puckett, Communications Director      
757-253-6605; jody.puckett@jamescitycountyva.gov  
   

 

JCC releases proposed FY2013/2014 budget

 

County Administrator Robert C. Middaugh released his proposed Fiscal Year 2013/2014 biennial budget on April 13. The FY2013 budget is $165.6 million or 1.1 percent more than last year’s budget. The FY2014 plan increases to $167.9 million or a 1.4 percent increase. The budget fully funds the Williamsburg-James City County Schools FY2013 local request of approximately $76.7 million or a 3.3 percent increase. The budget does not include a real estate tax increase in either FY2013 or FY2014.

 

Many years of careful fiscal management and planning are reflected in the proposed budget especially since the County is faced with several challenges: a drop in residential real property values of 5.67 percent; an increase in operational costs, including gasoline prices; and an increase in Virginia Retirement System (VRS) mandated costs for employees.

 

The budget includes the elimination of 3.5 positions and two positions transferred to the State. New positions proposed, which do not increase the County’s position count or personnel budget, include: a new Senior Facilities Specialist position to help maintain County facilities; a part-time position to help with recruitment and retention in the Fire Department; a position in the Treasurer’s office that will be responsible for collecting delinquent taxes; a GIS Analyst position to help maintain and update the heavily used GIS system; and finally, two grounds personnel to help the current two-man crew responsible for County’s stormwater retention facilities, trails and sidewalks. 

 

Three revenue generating proposals are included: the collection of delinquent taxes is projected to generate $319,000 annually; an increase in ALS/BLS ambulance fees charged to insurance that match neighboring jurisdictions; and a $50 fee for residential home checks by police which is projected at $20,000 annually.

 

Over 70 percent of the personnel cost increase goes to cover the recent State-mandated VRS requirement that all employees pay five percent in to the VRS, with an offsetting pay raise of 5.7 percent for longer-term employees to keep net pay whole. This budget elects to make this change in VRS in one year, rather than implementing it over a multi-year period. Last year, the County implemented the same offsetting raise to short-term employees hired after July 1, 2010.

 

The Capital Budget for FY2013 totals $25,558,900 with a majority of the spending on HVAC projects for the Schools and the replacement of Fire Station No. 1 in Toano.

 

Copies of the budget are available online at jamescitycountyva.gov/budget with hard copies at the Williamsburg and James City County Libraries. Citizens are encouraged to provide comments and feedback on the budget in a number of ways:

 

  • A community meeting with County Administrator Robert C. Middaugh will be held April 19, 6:30 p.m. at the James City/Williamsburg Community Center, rooms A and B.
  • The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing during their April 24 regular meeting which is an opportunity to speak.
  • Comments may be emailed to: JCC.Board@jamescitycountyva.gov or for those who wish to submit feedback in writing, comments may be sent to:
    James City County Administration-Budget
    P.O. Box 8784
    Williamsburg, VA 23187-8784

 

Board of Supervisors work sessions on the budget are scheduled on April 30 at 6 p.m. and May 2 at 4 p.m. All meetings are available for viewing live and on demand on JCC TV Channel 48 and the County website jamescitycountyva.gov.

 

 

 

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