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Supervisors approved the $133.8 million general fund budget. They also listened to an ordinance amendment that would alter police arrest powers.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday afternoon unanimously approved the proposed $133.8 million general fund budget for Roanoke County Public Schools.
The 2013-14 budget, which included $886,000 more than the previous year, will not include any school closings or layoffs in the upcoming year. The proposed budget does not leave room for employee raises.
About 49 percent of the schools budget comes from local tax revenue. As part of a revenue sharing agreement, the supervisors approved a $561,294 bump from the county.
The school board came to an agreement on the proposed budget by eliminating some teaching and administrative positions through retirements, and reductions to adult, career and technical education programs.
At the meeting, Roanoke County School Board Chairman Jerry Canada expressed relief as he presented the supervisors with a balanced budget.
“With the additional transfer of revenue … this will be the first time in the last several years that we’ll have a little bit of positive revenue,” Canada said. “I will say that we have reinvented ourselves little by little over the last several years.”
Canada said he was concerned about the upcoming General Assembly session, and how it will affect the terms of the state retirement system.
“We will continue to try and reinvent ourselves again,” he added.
In other news:
“We are asking to add the city of Salem and the town of Vinton to this agreement,” Hall said. “Working together is the most efficient and effective way for us to maintain safety in the Roanoke Valley.”
The agreement allows officers of each member agency to make arrests regardless of which jurisdiction they’re in at the time.
“Bad guys don’t regard jurisdictional lines, and honestly, neither should we,” Hall said.
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