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Posted on: March 29, 2019

Proposed FY2020 Budget Released

FY 2020 Proposed Budget - News Flash

County Administrator Scott Stevens released his proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget for James City County on March 29. The FY2020 Proposed Budget is 8.9% less than the FY2019 budget at $247M, with the General Fund portion of the budget increasing 2.9% over FY2019 to $211.8M.

This budget strives to stay in line with the plan that was presented for FY2020 during the two-year plan approved in FY2019. The County shares resources between County operations and WJCC schools, and a measured approach was taken to ensure a fair allocation of resources that would benefit as many community needs as possible. During this upcoming fiscal year, the budget incorporates many of the operational initiatives from the County’s Strategic Plan.

Highlights include:

  • Additional funding of $2.3 million over the FY2019 budget has been allocated to the schools operating budget.
  • To address the growing demand for public safety, recycling changes and general service; this budget includes funding for 14 additional positions as follows: 6 firefighters for new fire station opening in 2021, 3 police officers to create an additional police zone, 4 in General Services/Purchasing and 1 in the Treasurer’s Office.
  • The second and final year of the implementation of the County’s Compensation Study is reflected in this budget.
  • Funding to provide an average 3% salary increase is proposed (1% COLA and 2% market rate adjustment).
  • Health insurance costs have increased and additional funds have been provided by the County and employees to pay for this increased cost.
  • The Historic Triangle 1% additional sales tax continues and the projected revenue is $4.6 million. The majority of the funds are allocated to one-time expenses.
  • A voluntary recycling fee for service of $7 per month per household is proposed.
  • The County’s five-year capital improvement program totals $141 million and includes a focus on School projects and Public Safety, including the addition of a new elementary school and fire station.
  • The James City Service Authority (JCSA) proposes to implement the fourth year of its 5-year rate increase for water and sewer fees.

After a series of work sessions and a community meeting, the Board of Supervisors should vote on the proposed FY2020 County budget and JCSA budget at the May 14 meeting at 5 p.m. Once adopted, the FY2020 budget will cover July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020.

Opportunities for citizen input are as follows:

  • April 9 – 5 p.m., Public hearing on proposed County budget and JCSA budget during the Board of Supervisors meeting. (101 Mounts Bay Road, Building F)
  • April 11 – 6:30 p.m., Community Meeting at the James City County Recreation Center

The Board of Supervisors will hold budget work sessions at 4 p.m. on April 23 and 30 in the Board’s work session room at 101 Mounts Bay Road, Building F. Although there are no opportunities for public comments during work sessions, they can be viewed on JCC TV Cox Cable channel 48 and 1048, and streamed live and on demand at jamescitycountyva.gov.

The proposed FY2020 budget can be viewed and downloaded at jamescitycountyva.gov/budget and copies are available for reading at public libraries and the County’s Satellite Services Office, 3127 Forge Road, Toano.

Media Contact:
Sue Mellen, Director Financial Management Services
757-253-6638; sue.mellen@jamescitycountyva.gov

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