Recap of May 23 Board of Supervisors Meeting
May 23 Meeting Recap
BOS Approves FY24 Budget
The Board of Supervisors at its May 23 meeting gave its approval to the FY ’24 Budget.
By unanimous vote (with Mr. Carmichael absent), the Board gave the nod to the spending plan that will guide County Government through June 30, 2024. The plan goes into effect July 1.
The total Budget approved was $154,639,306, which is a 3.36% decrease from the FY23 adopted total budget. The approved FY24 General Fund Budget is $72,720,355, which is 5.47% higher than the adopted FY23 General Fund Budget, and includes a contribution to the Public School Division of $19,492,539. There was no change in real estate, personal property, machinery & tools, or mobile homes tax rates. The budget includes funding for a new integrated vehicle fuel management system, Fuel Focus, and an upgrade to Microsoft Office 365. Approved is the migration to BoardDocs, an on-line Board meeting agenda platform. The County will update the Comprehensive Plan and complete the first round of department strategic plans. Ongoing funding is also included to purchase law enforcement and administrative vehicles.
The approved budget includes step increases for eligible employees to bring their experience levels to June 30, 2023. Additionally, market regrades were approved for positions whose pay ranges are below regional market averages. State-supported Constitutional Officers and their employees will receive the higher of a state-approved 5% increase in Compensation Board funded salary, or local step increases and market regrades. State-supported Social Services and Riverside Criminal Justice Agency employees will receive the higher of a state approved 5% increase, or local step increases and market regrades. The approved budget also incorporates funding to continue January 1, 2023, market adjustments provided to police officers and firefighter / medics, and provides a step increase to those public safety employees.
This budget will fund five new Firefighter/Medics, two Benefit Program Specialists III in Social Services, one new Planning Director, one Apparatus Technician, and a Utilities Supervisor.
Other matters that came before the Board at its meeting:
· Received a Drug Court update and held a grant discussion.
· Received a Convenience Center Update.
· Approved on consent a resolution authorizing Prince George County to enter into an Amendment to the Pro-Rata Share Agreement with Chappell Creek, LLC.
· Approved on consent an authority to advertise a public hearing to convey an easement to Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC.
· Received a report on the Farmer’s Market.
· Unanimously withdrew the application for Special Exception SE-23-04.
· Unanimously approved an award of contract to Centennial Contractors for Station 5 Restroom Renovation and Restroom Related HVAC and Electrical Work in the amount of $175,000.00 and a Budget Transfer of Series 2019 Repurposed Bond Proceeds in the amount of $192,500.00.
· Unanimously approved the authorization for the County Administrator to enter into an Agreement with the Virginia Department of Transportation for the preparation and paving of Scott Park parking lot and Roadway and Appropriation of Tourism Fund, Fund Balance in the amount of $311,229.56.
· Unanimously approved a resolution authorizing Prince George County to enter into an Agreement regarding Opioid Settlement Funds with Surry County.
· Held a discussion and approved by a 3-1 vote (with Mrs. Waymack in opposition and Mr. Carmichael absent) Categorical Funding to Schools for FY2024.
· Unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the Drug Court Coordinator to complete and submit a grant application to the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services for SOR Grant Funds.
· Held a public hearing and approved by a 3-1 vote (with Mrs. Waymack in opposition and Mr. Carmichael absent) a rezoning request of Roslyn Farm Corporation to conditionally rezone approximately 159.64 acres from Residential Agricultural (R-A) and Limited Residential (R-2) Zoning Districts to General Industrial (M-2) Zoning District to allow development of the property for industrial uses.