I hope this edition of The Maysville Voice finds everyone well and in hopes of a great spring! It’s great to be able to get outside and do yard work, run, and enjoy the sunshine. There is a lot of information in this edition of our newsletter — most notably the proposed 2021-2022 Fiscal Year Operating Budget and proposed tax rates, which are set to remain unchanged. We will have a public hearing on our budget shortly after the Chairman calls our meeting to order at 6 p.m. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions about the proposed budget.
Upcoming Monday Meeting Information
Our regular monthly meeting will be held on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 6 PM in the Peter Francisco Auditorium at the County Administration Complex on Route 60. The address is 13380 West James Anderson Hwy, Buckingham, VA 23921. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is limited access to seating due to social distancing.
Here is a link to our Board Packet: https://cms9files.revize.com/buckinghamcounty/april%2012%202021%20bd%20pckt.pdf. Also, you can watch our meetings live on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.
As always, I would very much like to hear from you on any issue. You can call or text me at 434-390-7023, email me at email@example.com, or stop by and visit me at 13170 W. James Anderson Highway (my house is beside Herbert Maxey’s law office on Route 60).
A Dive into the Proposed Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Operating Budget — It’s Balanced with No Tax Increases
First, I am proud to say the proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-2022 Budget is not only balanced, but maintains the 3-cent real estate tax rate reduction (we dropped the tax rate from .55 cents to .52 cents last year). There are NO tax increases incorporated into this proposed budget.
The total budget for this upcoming fiscal year is $67 million dollars. This is a big jump from the existing fiscal year due to the fact that we are receiving federal stimulus monies ($3.3 million), $961,000 for EMS fund, federal stimulus aid funds for the school division, and receiving $1.5 million from Dominion Energy to help support our Emergency Medical Services department.
I am proud to support this fiscally-conservative budget that very responsively spends your tax dollars. I ran on a platform of keeping your taxes low, and this budget does just that.
This proposed budget includes a 5-percent salary increase for a vast majority of school employees (which is mostly state-supported) including teachers, support staff, and many contracted staff. The school division is proposing to shore up those non-state supported contracted positions, which I support. Those non-contracted staff, who are not eligible for the 5-percent state-funded pay raise, such as dishwashers, will see their wages adjusted to a more equitable rate so no one is left behind.
This budget also allows for a 5-percent pay raise for our county staff, and adjusted increases for the salaries of our law enforcement officers in assisting in attracting talented, experienced candidates seeking to serve our community in such a noble professional role as our Sheriff’s Deputies. This was very important to me in creating the proposed budget in that our existing law enforcement officers deserve more equitable wages, and we need to shore up what we offer our newly-hired deputies to attract talented candidates.
More budget details
In the proposed budget, we are maintaining more than $7 million in our total beginning year balance and total reserves. This is due, in large part, to the fiscal responsibility of County Administrator Rebecca S. Carter, and Assistant County Administrator and Finance Director Karl R. Carter, along with department heads and staff.
Here is a link to the proposed budget: https://cms9files.revize.com/buckinghamcounty/Document_Center/Departments/Finance/PROPOSED%20BUDGET%20%202021-2022%20paper.pdf.
Help Get the Trash off of our Roads!
During our Anti-Litter Meeting tonight (Thursday), we learned more about how members of several churches, individuals, businesses, Boy Scouts, and many other neighbors have gotten a head start on our 2021 Anti Litter Task Force Clean Up Campaign, which is wonderful. Lots of bags have already been picked up across the county, and we need your help!
Anti-Litter will provide orange bags. Prizes for those who pick up the most litter are eligible for Wal-Mart Gift Cards and other awards and prizes. VDOT will pick the bags up. To get bags, visit this website: https://www.buckinghamcountyva.org/Document_Center/Departments/Solid%20Waste/Buckingham%20Roadside%20Cleanup%20Application.pdf or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can call me at 434-390-7023.
We are proud to see our community taking a stand to clean up Buckingham’s roadways. We are going to work hard to keep all ends of our county beautiful while protecting our environment. Once the clean up momentum started, it has been contagious, as we see in photos.
The Buckingham Anti-Litter Task Force (BATF) is committed to help all citizens in Buckingham County take the roadside litter issue seriously and has initiated a Spring 2021 Roadway Cleanup Event, starting April 22nd.
The Roadside Cleanup Event participation registration form will be available to print off the website below, or you can send an email request to email@example.com .
Registered pick up starts on April 22 and runs through May 13th. There will be a Celebration Event on Saturday, May 15. More details will be found at: https://www.buckinghamcountyva.org/services/recycling_solid_waste/index.php
Two VDOT Projects along Route 60
There are two VDOT projects going ahead at full steam on U.S. Route 60 within a rock’s throw of each other. The first one is west of the Courthouse Village after the old Jessie Davis garage. This will be VDOT’s central Buckingham Area Headquarters for their equipment. In time, and Andersonville Headquarters in Andersonville on 640 will close. This new project will take roughly one year, allowing time to build the new location on 60. The Manteo Headquarters has been closed for some time, though people still park there and some equipment is there; no employees are assigned there. This new location on 60 will serve as Buckingham’s Headquarters for VDOT.
The second project is VDOT’s installation of turning lanes off of 60 at the approaches to 56 at Duck’s Corner. This project, much like the one at Sheppard’s Corner on 15, will take many months to complete. Please use caution when traveling through this area and the project east of this on on Route 60.
Second Vaccination Clinic is Next Friday, April 16 at Community Center
Buckingham’s 2nd COVID-19 vaccination clinic will take place on Friday, April 16th at the Community Center (former Dillwyn Primary School on U.S. Route 15 across from FasMart) from 8am-5pm. VDH is stressing the “appointment only”, so please have folks pre-register at https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/ or by calling 1-877-829-4682. If you know of an older adult in need of transportation to the clinic to become vaccinated, call Piedmont Senior Resources Area Agency on Aging at 434-767-5588.
PLEASE always feel more than welcome to call, email, text or visit me . If you have any comments, ideas, criticisms, compliments, or anything to say regarding my representing you on the Buckingham Board of Supervisors, please get in touch with me. You can call/text me at 434-390-7023, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or come see me at 13170 W. James Anderson Highway in the court house village. I would be pleased and happy to hear from you anytime.
Thomas “Jordan” Miles III
District Four/Maysville Supervisor
13170 W. James Anderson Hwy.
PO Box 188
Buckingham, VA 23921