Hanover County Administrator, Cecil R. Harris Jr., has proposed a $492 million County Budget for the Fiscal Year beginning July 1. The all-funds budget represents a 6.3% increase from the current year. No property tax rate changes are proposed.
Most of the County’s budget is spent on Education and Public Safety. A 3% compensation increase is proposed for all County and School employees with strong job performance.
Of the new positions in the non-school portion of the budget, 17 are in public safety, including 7 additional deputy sheriffs and two new deputies for school security and 6 positions in Fire/EMS. The additional Fire/EMS personnel will give the Fire Chief capacity to address these issues and provide 24/7 coverage at Ashland.
Major capital construction projects funded in the proposed FY20 budget include a new Montpelier library and community center and support for several major road projects, including the widening of Sliding Hill Road to the New Ashcake Road intersection; construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Creighton and Cold Harbor roads; and improvements to the intersection of Route 360 and Lee-Davis Road.
Major capital investments in the school system include funding for the consolidation of Henry Clay and John M. Gandy Elementary Schools into a new school and to purchase a new secondary school site.
A public hearing on the County Administrator’s proposed budget and all tax rates will be held during the Board of Supervisors meeting on April 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Quick Facts about the proposed budget can be found here.