I’m not hearing much at this point from folks. I get the generic ‘Don’t let our taxes go up’ type statements.
— Holder Trumbo, Scott District supervisor
• What: Fauquier County’s proposed fiscal 2018 budget, effective July 1.
• When: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17.
• Where: Fauquier High School, 705 Waterloo Road, Warrenton.
• Agency: Board of supervisors.
• Next: The supervisors will conduct last scheduled budget work session at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in Warren Green Building in Warrenton. On Thursday, March 23, the board plans to adopt the fiscal 2018 budget, tax rates and five-year construction plan.
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Silii · March 17, 2017 at 6:09 am
Has there been an analysis of federal dollars received in Fauquier County? It should go without saying that, given the extreme budget cuts proposed by the administration, Fauquier County could take a serious hit in many areas - schools, environment, social services, agriculture, low cost housing, Community Development Block Grant funds used for meals on wheels, after school programs, early intervention for infants with disabilities, rides for seniors and disabled to medical appointments, etc., to name a few. Regarding the schools, perhaps a closer look should be taken before embarking on an expensive building plan for a new middle school. Federal education and HHS funds affecting students are on the chopping block beginning with FY 2018 funds. Young children from poor and low income families may no longer receive Head Start and EPSDT services. Other cuts will affect instruction, teacher training, after school programs... The county will have to make up these federal cuts. The EPA has proposed a $68 million cut to the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup fund which will impact Fauquier County. Severe cuts to agricultural programs are proposed.
This is what the voters in Fauquier County wanted when they voted for Trump. Now, however, county planners better keep in mind that severe cuts to vital programs across the board are coming. We might not feel the cuts until 2019, 2020, but they are coming. If Fauquier County wants to even level fund in several years, nothing except a steep personal property tax increase and business tax increases will fill the gap. Think about it.