VACo PRESS CONFERENCE
TOPIC: STATE BUDGET
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
Director of Communications
VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES
1207 East Main Street, Suite 300
Richmond, Virginia 23219
www.vaco.org | 804-343-2502