Albemarle, Fluvanna Urge End to State’s Budget Impasse
Supervisors in two central Virginia counties are expected to send a mandate to lawmakers in Richmond to stop their stall and pass a budget now.
Albemarle and Fluvanna county boards are considering similar resolutions calling on the General Assembly to end its impasse over Medicaid and taxpayer money. Right now, both counties are moving forward with their budgets despite a whole lot of uncertainty from the State Capitol. But they both back sending a resolution to lawmakers in Richmond urging them to pass a state budget soon.
“It's, I think, unfair that they have taken this view that they can just carry on in this way and not consider the hundred jurisdictions who are waiting,” said Albemarle Supervisor Ann Mallek.
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will review the wording in its resolution template the Virginia Association of Counties sent to its 95 locality members. It reads the General Assembly's "failure to approve a budget in a timely manner would disrupt the ability of Virginia's businesses and public agencies to operate effectively."
Boyd wants to add a “whereas,” calling on lawmakers to separate the budget from the Medicaid expansion debate.
“I think that's the solution to it. I think if you separate those two items, the budget is not controversial at this point that I know of. So, they could go ahead and get that done,” Boyd said.
Fluvanna County's resolution includes that clause. State dollars fund a third of the county's budget.
“Government needs to continue. We can't unless we have some funding from the state,” said Mozell Booker, chairwoman of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors.
Albemarle and Fluvanna are the first central Virginia counties to consider sending the resolution to Richmond, but supervisors doubt they'll be the last.
“We have to make our budget regardless whether we know what they're going to do or not,” Mallek said.
“It's too much at stake,” Booker said.
Both boards meet Wednesday.
Charlottesville City Council passed a similar resolution late last week. However, council's resolution urged the General Assembly to quickly approve the state budget, including a two-year pilot of the Medicaid expansion.
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