Hey it’s Terrific Tuesday again. How’s everything in your neck of the woods?
So this week some budget numbers should hit the page for both the Botetourt school division and the county. What they will be still depends on Richmond to an extent. There are three versions of budgets flying around down there.
Here in Botetourt it all depends. School Board should meet some numbers on Thursday. Supposedly the county numbers are to hit the page on Friday morning. They will be having the first county budget committee meeting on Friday according to County Administrator Kathleen Guzi last week.
This has been a mute budget season thus far. I have been covering budgets for 10 years–first one like this and there have been some strange years. This one takes the cake.
So does anyone want to talk about money? How much, where from and what is staying and what might go? Nope. Silence. It’s almost like a shell game with politics nowadays on every level of government. Sadly on the local level, it has become a game of hurry up and wait and sometimes blame each other for the bad news. Then there has to be discussion. What really is important. People, what do you think is important. After all it is your money and your vote, your school children, sheriff’s dept. EMS, your services…. Click here for emails of your elected supervisors.
Had loads of interest in last week’s column about the fire and rescue volunteers. Sadly the FARST question still has no answers. I had a late evening call about, “How can they violate code?” So I looked at the code part again. Jes’ cause, I am going to drop that in again “right cheer.” Timely to call me on a Monday when the reader looks for Terrific Tuesday the next day. Though I heard nothing back on the “ride along” after I posted my phone number last week, a few more concerned folks called me up about this and other county news. Ha!
“2-115. Relation to the fire and rescue steering team (‘FARST‘)” in its entirety: “(a) FARST, or its successor, shall maintain its role with regard to overseeing policy development relating to the provision of emergency services. FARST, or its successor, shall continue to make recommendations to the county administrator and the board of supervisors. Nothing in this enactment shall limit, transfer, or replace the duties and authorities of FARST.”
In Albemarle County, Virginia they have a cooperative volunteer and paid fire and rescue system that is highly touted which works for the betterment of the community. I think we should send a few emissaries up there to have a talk and see how it’s done as we could use a few pointers right now. Read about it!
Blue Ridge resident Mary Leonard’s letter can be read again for all of the remarks about FARST. It is the third letter addressing the issue and a subject of numerous blog comments.
Time for a meeting of FARST. Time for numbers, time for dollars, too. Time for a meeting of the minds. Most of all it is time to have the good sense to work together.
See ya next week!