County budget would change depending on state’s contribution

The Virginia General Assembly last week passed their $85 billion state budget for the next two years. It took four sessions to get it passed but pass it did so now local governments must now deal with the fallout.

Alex Morton with Capitol News Service quoted Delegate David Toscano, Democratic Leader of the House:

“We said on several occasions that this budget would come in due course,” said Del. Toscano of Charlottesville. “With a budget in place, our schools and local governments will be able to adopt their own budgets well in advance of the close of the fiscal year.”

In Chesterfield, Budget and Management will adjust the state funding numbers in the budget adopted on March 28, which had a flexible number in the state funding slot. For the most part the county has to produce the state budget funding item as a guesstimate because the General Assembly passes their budget later than the county. Chesterfield is typically adopts its budget by the end of March or early April but always by May 1.

According to Matt Harris, Chesterfield senior budget analyst, the county is always conservative with its state funding item and will calculate the numbers to be presented to the Board of Supervisors at its April 25 meeting.

“We have only preliminary information that was adopted in yesterday’s budget,” Harris said the day after the General Assembly passed the budget. “Just in general we expect the Board of Supervisors to take action.”

At the initial presentation of Chesterfield’s bi-annual fiscal 2013-14 budget, which will begins July 1, 2012, the Budget and Management department assured the board that the county was well protected no matter how the state budget turned out.

“We were well protected from the get go,” Harris said. “But we’ll have it sorted out by next week.”

Harris said it will be up to the board to decide, if there is any excess funding, where it would go. And, schools could be one possibility.


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