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IW board mulls tax hike

Published 12:33pm Saturday, April 20, 2013

BY STEPHEN H. COWLES/CONTRIBUTING WRITER
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ISLE OF WIGHT—The past week’s discussion on possibly raising taxes to balance the budget was short, but certainly not sweet to the Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors. They met Monday for a work session on the Capital Improvement Plan.

“We’ve got to be sure what our revenues and expenses are going to be before deciding,” said Al Casteen of the Smithfield District.

Casteen also said he was “severely disappointed with the schools” for not complying with the board’s directive to reduce their budget by five percent, an order that went to all county offices earlier this year.

If taxes have to be raised, he added, they should be as little as possible.

“We dug a deep hole last year and we have to deal with the decisions made then,” said Rex Alphin of the Carrsville District. “We still have to consider a 10-cent increase. That’s distasteful for me. All options are on the table for me.”

The tax rate is already 65 cents per $100. Budget and Finance Director Michael Terry said earlier that he and his staff came up with the 10-cent figure.

A four-cent to five-cent increase is something that she could be comfortable with, said Delores “Dee Dee” Darden of the Windsor district. She added that the board should make more cuts and look for more revenue.

“I want to see as many cuts as possible,” said Byron Bailey of the Newport District. “I’m a no-tax person.”

Bailey added that raising taxes now would be a burden on county residents.

“We’re asking the public to pay for our bad mistakes now,” he said.

Board Chairwoman Joann Hall of the Hardy District also said she has no liking for a 10-cent tax hike, but added, “We’re going to have to do something from zero to 10 cents. We’re deluged with requests to fill funding. It’s not going to happen.”

  • gs

    The school board has failed in presenting a budget that includes car allowances and cell phones expenses for administative personnel.

    The superintendent is employing tactics like Obama, by making cuts that are intended to grab headlines instead of leading by example in cutting administrative overhead.

    Thank you BOS for standing strong as schools have recieved the lion’s share of the tax dollars for years.

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  • stirit

    We just had discussion about every resident paying a 8.00 a month fee for storm water run-off and now a tax increase to boot. I am all for good Schools and all that but where does all this end? Peoples income has gone no where in the last few years so why should the County get a tax increase for anything. Live within your means like every one else does.

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  • BlindSquirrel

    Casteen also said he was “severely disappointed with the schools” for not complying with the board’s directive to reduce their budget by five percent, an order that went to all county offices earlier this year.

    I wonder if he is disappointed with all of the budgets submitted by the other Constitutional Officers..non of which were reduced by 5%.

    Commonwealth’s Attorney +2%
    Sheriff +3%
    Treasurer -1%
    Commissioner of Revenue +1%
    Clerk of Circuit Courts +7%

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    • IOWCitizen

      Did you miss the 15% increase for Animal Control?
      Or the fact that every department has substantial increases in Deferred Compensation? That’s another word for “raise”.
      Or how about the fact that health/dental insurance premium increases are being shouldered by us, the taxpayer. Why don’t County Employees pay their own increase????
      The BOS needs to look at their own budget for cuts before getting angry with the schools.

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    • gs

      Why should we pay for personnel in The Commissioner of the Revenue office to complete tax returns for individuals and to campaign for the Democrat party? Also, look at money spent on travel and trainning to conferences and semminars. These expenditures are not critical in a slumping economy.

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  • BlindSquirrel

    Bailey added that raising taxes now would be a burden on county residents.

    When is a good time?

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    • SlimPickens

      I’ll tell you when it is a good time to raise taxes….when the economy is strong, when regular working folks wages are raised to meet the inflation rate, when the Federal Government get their hands out of our pockets, when Uncle Sam stops trying to have 63% of the actually employed workforce feed, clothe, shelter, doctor, the other 37% of those not employed. Me thinks BlindSquirrel is a politician, he has the inside scoop on I.O.W. goings on, yet has the audacity to even ask this question!! Typical of politically minded person who is ‘above’ those of us who work our asses off every day so we can just barely scrape by while we watch others spend like there is no tomorrow. Localities included!! Fire them all, give them a realistic budget and make them struggle like those of us who make the wheels go around.

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