People living in Fluvanna County could soon face a tax hike of 7 percent. County administrator Steve Nichols is presenting his 2015 budget proposal to the Board of Supervisors Wednesday night.
Nichols’ budget proposal has a property tax rate of 85 cents per $100 of assessed value. Now, budget pressures might force homeowners to fork out more in real estate taxes.
The proposal totals $77,486,022. Population growth - or lack thereof - came into play during the budget breakdown. According to the proposal, the county's population only increased by 328 people from 2010 to 2013. Nichols explains the modest growth led to a downturn in new home construction.
The proposal says the 2015 capital budget includes funding for public safety projects like the replacement of an ambulance and fire truck, additional bathrooms at Pleasant Grove Park and a number of public works projects. Those include the development of a public water sewer system in the Zion Crossroads community planning area.
School system projects funded in the capital budget include bus replacements, school wireless system upgrades and the replacement of the H-VAC system at Fluvanna Middle School.
Nichols is also asking the board to consider a county staff pay hike. In his proposal he writes the raise would bring the salaries of county staff up to more competitive levels.
Nichols says the board is set to formally adopt a budget in mid-April.