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Proposed 2013-2014 Budget Presented to Albemarle Supervisors

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Albemarle County has proposed a $321 million budget for fiscal year 2013-2014.  The budget focuses on strengthening core services, like schools and the police department.

Albemarle County executive Tom Foley presented next year's budget to the Board of Supervisors Friday afternoon.

The budget is balanced on this year's property tax rate of 76.2 percent per $100 of real estate value, but because the value of real estate has decreased, homeowners would see their tax bills go down.   

"It talks about moving into the future, addressing the needs that we have, forgetting about the recession. It's kind of like rather than talking about recovery, let's just talk about moving forward and trying to provide the services the citizens are demanding," said Foley.

The budget would remove a $1.4 million obligation for bus replacement from the schools and move it to the capital program. 

"The chairman of the school board is going to come and chat with the Board of Supervisors in a couple of weeks about all of our revenues and expenses so they can have an appreciation for where we stand right now and hopefully it'll enlist some additional support from the Board of Supervisors," said Josh Davis, COO of Albemarle County School.

The budget would also add four new officers to the police force, including a safety school resource officer and a traffic safety officer.

"2011 was a banner year for fatalities and serious injuries, in 2012 we put more effort into traffic safety and we saw a 37% reduction.  It is the number one issue in Albemarle County," said Col. Steve Sellers of Albemarle police.

The Capital Improvement Program also funds additions and restorations to Agnor-Hurt Elementary and Murray High School.  

"We've done a lot of wonderful things with very meager investment over the last several years so we're just hoping to get a move on here," said Ann Mallek, a board member.

After Friday's meeting it will be the public's turn to crunch the numbers. The first public hearing on the budget will be Monday, February 25 at 6 p.m. in Lane Auditorium at the Albemarle County Office Building.

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