N E W S R E L E A S E
March 22, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jody Puckett, Director of Communications
County Fiscal Year 2014 proposed budget released
County Administrator Robert C. Middaugh released his proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget on March 22. The FY2014 budget is the second year budget of the adopted FY2013/2014 biennial budget and increases 3.1 percent to $171.5 million over last year’s budget. It does not include increases to tax rates, fees or County debt and does not contain a reassessment of real property. Middaugh’s proposed budget fully funds the WJCC Schools request of approximately $79.3 million. “I’m pleased to present this budget with cautious optimism that the County will continue to experience slow but steady growth since our worst economic year in 2010,” said Middaugh, noting that “The economy has done better than expected and increased revenue projections are included in this budget.”
County revenues are estimated to increase 3.1 percent as consumer spending, reflected in sales, meals and lodging taxes have increased by 3 percent over current year projections. Revenues from fees and charges for services are up 5.5 percent, mostly related to increased calls for service for Advanced Life Support/Basic Life Support (ALS/BLS) transports. State revenues also increase, mostly due to increased estimates of Statewide Sales Tax as reflected in the 5.2 percent increase in Sales Tax for Education
The FY2014 budget, which begins July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, follows the themes and priorities of the FY2014 fiscal plan adopted a year ago by the Board of Supervisors. It includes funds to provide a 3 percent salary increase to County employees and funding for the same pay increase to the School division’s teachers and support staff. The County shares local school funding with the City of Williamsburg and pays 90.46 percent of that cost. The School’s proposed budget includes an increase of about $2.6 million in County funds.
Only one new regular position is included in the proposed budget, a full-time regular Secretary position for the Police Department that was included in year two of the FY2013/2014 biennial budget plan.
The Capital Budget for FY2014 totals approximately $6.1 million and does not include any debt financing of projects; it is funded with cash from ongoing revenues, anticipated year end General Fund balance and one time revenues. Over $2 million in funding goes to the School division for a variety of school rehabilitation projects, HVAC projects, and technology upgrades.
County projects include increased funding for the replacement of Fire Station #4, a replacement medic unit and replacement Mobile Data Terminals for police, fire, emergency medical, and sheriff vehicles. Aging analog cameras, projectors and monitors in the Board of Supervisors meeting room will be replaced with digital technology. Funding is also provided for increased video capabilities in the new meeting space in County Government Center’s Building D, which will allow additional work session capabilities and provide expanded and higher quality video taping capabilities for public meetings on location.
The third and last phase of the improvements to the Jamestown Beach Park, including a restroom and parking improvements, and utility infrastructure improvements at the Chickahominy Riverfront Park account for the majority of the capital funding allocations for Parks and Recreation.
Investments in stream restorations, neighborhood drainage projects and improvements to public stormwater facilities continue. Investments in HVAC replacements in two buildings will continue to make the County more energy efficient.
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:
1. The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing during their April 9 regular meeting which is an opportunity to speak.
2. Comments may be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 budget work sessions are scheduled for April 9, April 17 and April 23 (if needed) at 4 p.m. The budget is expected to be adopted on April 23. All meetings are available for viewing live and on demand on JCC TV on Cox Cable channel 48 and the County website jamescitycountyva.gov.