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County budget session Monday

Pulaski County Board of Supervisors will hold its first of several budget work sessions for the year Monday night.
Pulaski County Administrator Peter Huber has said developing a budget for the 2010-11 Fiscal Year will not be an easy task again this year, with even more cuts in state funding impacting county revenues.
In the area of constitutional offices alone, the county is expecting to lose more than $634,000 in state reimbursements in the upcoming fiscal year if the Virginia General Assembly doesn’t reverse current proposals in the state budget. Constitutional offices include the sheriff, voter registrar, treasurer, commissioner of the revenue, and clerk of circuit court.
But state cuts are not the only lost revenue the supervisors will have to deal with when developing a budget.
There are sure to be federal funding cuts, and when an estimated $200,000 in lost machinery and tool taxes from TMD Friction and Findlay Industries are added into the mix, the county is starting its budget process with lost revenues in the neighborhood of $850,000.
Another aspects of budget talks this year will be the county’s proposal to purchase the former TMD building and convert it into a wellness and recreation center.
Some county residents have said this economic climate is not the time to be considering an indoor recreation center.
However, a majority of the citizens who have spoken on the top at public meetings have favored the proposal and feel the center would draw visitors into the county to supplement its revenue.
Monday night’s budget work session begins at 6 p.m. in the Central Conference Room in the Pulaski County Administration Building on Third Street in Pulaski. No public comment will be taken during the work session.

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County budget session Monday

Pulaski County Board of Supervisors will hold its first of several budget work sessions for the year Monday night.
Pulaski County Administrator Peter Huber has said developing a budget for the 2010-11 Fiscal Year will not be an easy task again this year, with even more cuts in state funding impacting county revenues.
In the area of constitutional offices alone, the county is expecting to lose more than $634,000 in state reimbursements in the upcoming fiscal year if the Virginia General Assembly doesn’t reverse current proposals in the state budget. Constitutional offices include the sheriff, voter registrar, treasurer, commissioner of the revenue, and clerk of circuit court.
But state cuts are not the only lost revenue the supervisors will have to deal with when developing a budget.
There are sure to be federal funding cuts, and when an estimated $200,000 in lost machinery and tool taxes from TMD Friction and Findlay Industries are added into the mix, the county is starting its budget process with lost revenues in the neighborhood of $850,000.
Another aspects of budget talks this year will be the county’s proposal to purchase the former TMD building and convert it into a wellness and recreation center.
Some county residents have said this economic climate is not the time to be considering an indoor recreation center.
However, a majority of the citizens who have spoken on the top at public meetings have favored the proposal and feel the center would draw visitors into the county to supplement its revenue.
Monday night’s budget work session begins at 6 p.m. in the Central Conference Room in the Pulaski County Administration Building on Third Street in Pulaski. No public comment will be taken during the work session.

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