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County Administrator Scott Stevens released his proposed Fiscal Year 2021 budget for James City County on April 2. The FY2021 Proposed Budget is 6.0% more than the FY2020 budget at $261.9M, with the General Fund portion of the budget increasing 2.0% over FY2020 to $216.0M.This budget was assembled before the unexpected impact of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the local community. The impact on this region, which is heavily dependent on tourism, and the loss of revenue to the County remains difficult to forecast with any accuracy at this time. County staff currently is working to monitor and evaluate the effects of COVID-19 and will present updates to the Board of Supervisors and the public regarding any necessary changes to capital or operating expenditures presented in the proposed budget as the situation evolves.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:
After a series of work sessions, the Board of Supervisors should vote on the proposed FY2021 County budget and JCSA budget at the May 12 meeting at 5 p.m. Once adopted, the FY2021 budget will cover July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021, and provide a plan for FY2022.Public input on the proposed budget is encouraged. As a result of COVID-19, we are unable to rely on our normal ways of operating public budget input sessions. Residents are encouraged to send their input to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 757-253-6605 and leave a message.There will also be a public hearing on the proposed County budget and JCSA budget during the April 14 Board of Supervisors meeting at 5 p.m. (101 Mounts Bay Road, Building F), however, due to social distancing guidelines, emails and phone messages are preferred.Additional opportunities for input are being developed and will be shared soon.The Board of Supervisors will hold budget work sessions at 4 p.m. on April 21 and 28 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 FY2021 budget can be viewed and downloaded at jamescitycountyva.gov/budget. Media Contact:Renee Dallman, Public Information Officer757-253-6605; email@example.com