Albemarle Supervisors Talk Budget Concerns, Courts

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The future of Albemarle County's courts and the county's cash flow are undecided. Albemarle County Supervisors discussed both issues Wednesday at their meeting.

Supervisors were briefed Wednesday morning on what would happen if a budget is not approved by July 1. Now they are once again calling on legislators to make up their minds.

As the deadline looms, Albemarle is bracing for the financial impact that may trickle down from Richmond.

"What that has caused is for counties and cities all over the commonwealth to have to spend a lot of time and energy figuring out contingency plans. I'm disappointed we've had to do that,” said Albemarle Supervisor Jane Dittmar.

Wednesday, supervisors voted to send a letter to legislators.

"We've passed yet a second resolution asking them to please get this done,” said Dittmar.

If a budget is not passed, it could result in a major cash flow problem and would delay or reduce funding. The county would also have to supplement agencies like the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, JAUNT, Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT), and others.

Staff says the county would be able to function for about 90 days if a budget isn't passed.

“If it doesn't pass in time, we are a very well-run county. We have excellent reserves that will bridge the gap if that actually comes to be,” said Dittmar.

Supervisors also discussed updating county courts. The two options are keeping the courts downtown or moving them further into the county. 

"I'd like us to go down the parallel path because I think we need to compare one to the other,” said Supervisor Brad Sheffield.

Supervisor Ann Mallek said, “I do hope that we will hold our ground and try to get some really good contributions from the city as far as this parking issue is concerned to enable us to stay downtown."

Supervisors decided to keep both options on the table.
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