Everything’s been on the table for non-government people for years.
Next year is going to be an interesting budgetary year. Brandon Shulletta writes in today’s Daily Progress:
School division leaders drafting budget requests are also wondering whether next year’s supervisors are more likely to maintain the current real-estate tax rate of 74.2 cents per $100 of assessed value or increase the rate to 77.2 cents â€” two options officials have keyed on. At the 77.2-cent rate, county heads project that the average homeowner would pay the same real-estate taxes next year as under this year’s rate because assessed home values are declining.
No matter how it’s framed, that’s still raising taxes.
Brandon covers a lot of ground, including the Charlottesville-Albemarle revenue sharing agreement.
Albemarle County assessments are going to be a hotly-debated topic this year.
Rather than complain about or note how ridiculous it is for local governments to decide how much they are going to spend before they know what their actual income is going to be, I’d rather come up with possible solutions.
The current Albemarle County School budget is here; the proposal for the 2011 Fiscal Year doesn’t come until January.
What are your ideas for reducing the Albemarle County School budget, without negatively impacting our childrens’ educations?
– Fewer bus stops? Have all the kids meet at the front of the subdivision.
– What impact would year-round schooling have on the budget?
– How much money would be saved by turning off lights methodically and religiously? Are they already using CFLs?
– Print less
– Make less copies and have the students take more notes.