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VACo PRESS CONFERENCE

TOPIC: STATE BUDGET

10 a.m.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

House Briefing Room, General Assembly Building


State budget impasse looms large for county governments

 

RICHMOND--The Virginia Association of Counties encourages Virginia Senators to meet their constitutional obligation by passing a budget that serves the needs of Virginia’s citizens.

 

Please join VACo in urging Virginia Senators to engage in meaningful dialogue that will lead to the passage of a FY 2012–2014 state budget.

 

VACo will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 6 in the House Briefing Room at the General Assembly Building. Speakers include Cathy Hudgins, VACo President and Fairfax County Supervisor and Jim Campbell, VACo Executive Director, as well as other county elected officials.

 

The state budget impasse could harm many local governments in the coming weeks. The inability to craft a local budget with accuracy and the inability to meet local funding obligations and teacher contracts will weigh heavily on county governments. At risk is core government services such as public education, police and fire, social services and all aid to localities generated through the state general fund.

 

A state budget compromise must be reached in order for counties to serve the needs of its citizens.

 

Without a state budget, a local budget that takes into account local and state revenues and sets rates for real estate, personal property and business taxes cannot be done accurately and can only be characterized as a “placeholder.” The Commonwealth’s citizens deserve better and county governments have a fiduciary duty to their citizens to advertise and seek public input in the budget development process.

 

Many contracts will be at risk as the state budget process grinds to a halt. Teacher contracts must go out in May and other service contracts through social services, police and general government could lapse and not be renewed.

 

It is URGENT that Virginia Senators pass a state budget now.

 

VACo exists to support county officials and to effectively represent, promote and protect

the interests of counties to better serve the people of Virginia.


For more information                                                                               Virginia Association of Counties

Gage Harter                                                                                                        1207 East Main Street

804-343-2502                                                                                                    Richmond, Va. 23219

gharter@vaco.org                                                                                             www.vaco.org

 

Gage Harter

Director of Communications

VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES

1207 East Main Street, Suite 300 

Richmond, Virginia 23219

www.vaco.org | 804-343-2502