Henrico supervisors to hold public hearing April 8 on proposed budget

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Tuesday, April 8 on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2014-15.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., one hour earlier than usual, in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center’s Administration Building, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Residents may provide oral or written comments on the $1.1 billion plan, which would guide operating and capital spending for the year beginning July 1.

The general fund, which supports the operations of Henrico’s general government, including the divisions of Police and Fire, and Henrico County Public Schools, would total $767.4 million. That would represent an increase of $20.2 million, or 2.7 percent, over the current year’s plan. Schools would receive a total of $20.5 million in additional funding, while general government departments and agencies would combine for nearly $300,000 in reductions. Education and public safety would account for 77 percent of all general fund spending.

The proposed budget recommends no change to the real estate tax rate of 87 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Residents are encouraged to register in advance to speak at the public hearing. To sign up or for more information about the meeting, call Board of Supervisors Clerk Barry R. Lawrence at (804) 501-4318. For information on the proposed budget, call Director of Finance Gene Walter at (804) 501-5200.

Copies of the proposed budget, which includes an overview message by County Manager John A. Vithoulkas, are available for public inspection at Henrico libraries, the Office of Management and Budget in the Henrico Government Center and at www.co.henrico.va.us.

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote April 22 to adopt a budget for fiscal year 2014-15. The board typically meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center.