Dear Citizen and Community Stakeholder,
The General Fund Budget Committee of the Board of Supervisors will host a public meeting on Tuesday, March 27th at 6:00 PM in the Lord Botetourt High School Auditorium for the purpose of receiving input on the FY13 County Budget. The budget currently projects a deficit of approximately $3,670,000, primarily due to mandated spending increases imposed on both the County and the Schools by the State. In an attempt to bridge this gap, the Board is considering significant cuts and/or reductions in funding to Parks & Recreation and other County services above what has already been deeply reduced over the past three years.
If accepted, the newly proposed cuts could drastically reduce or potentially eliminate certain services provided by this department that include; formation of youth recreation athletic leagues and summer programs; athletic field preparation for middle and high school teams; grounds maintenance for schools, recreation parks, athletic fields, libraries, and business parks; tourism activities and sport tournaments; Sr Citizen and Accessible Van Services; and the production of community special events such as the Children’s Fishing Carnival.
At the meeting on the 27th, it will be important for the Board of Supervisors to hear the value of these programs from you as a resident of the County and as a participant and user of our services. If available, please plan to attend the meeting and voice your support. I would also ask that you share this opportunity with others that you believe would be interested in attending.
More information about proposed cuts will be posted on the County’s website (http://www.co.botetourt.va.us/news_events/index.php ) by the end of business on Friday. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Thanks for your continued support,
Richard “Pete” Peters, CPRE Parks and Recreation Director
We had a previous post on the budget here, where the school board discussed closing an elementary school and eliminating middle school and high school sports as ways to balance the budget.