Work continues on the county’s fiscal year 2020 budget.
After meeting with dozens of outside organizations, supervisors began deciding what they could fund and what they couldn’t—a necessary exercise when 29 organizations request an additional $59,756.35 over the approximately $2.1 million allocated in the current budget.
Receiving a nod of approval, be it unofficial until the budget is passed, was a $126,880 contribution to the Madison Volunteer Fire Department, an $880 increase over the current year. A $115,000 contribution was set for the Madison County Rescue Squad and $7,743 for the Thomas Jefferson EMS Council, both with no increases over the current year. Also seen in a favorable light was an $8,286 request ($149 increase) from Jefferson Area Community Corrections; $1,000 request from Services to Abused Families (SAFE), no increase; $340,199.50 to the Parks and Recreation Authority ($21,649.83 increase); $500 for the senior center (no increase); $143,600 to the Madison Library ($11,628 increase); $20,812.22 to the Rappahannock-Rapidan Planning District; $47,585 to Skyline CAP (no increase); $1,000 to the Water Quality Management Program (no increase); $5,941.98 to the Forestry Service ($42.48 decrease); and $750 to Northern 4-H (no increase).
Supervisors opted to flat fund the Foothills Child Advocacy Center at $2,400, opting to not fund a requested $600 increase. A similar change was made to the request by the Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic which requested double its usual funding, but was kept flat at $2,500. Also kept flat was Germanna Community College which requested a $26,711 increase due to the future construction of a new building at the Locust Grove Campus. Supervisors opted for the same $5,000 contribution as the current year. For the third consecutive year, supervisors denied a $10,000 request from the Boys and Girls Club, opting for the usual $2,000 contribution instead. The Madison Fair, which requested $1,000, was also kept flat at $500 as was the Foothills Housing Corporation which requested a $500 increase to its usual $7,000 contribution. Aging Together was also kept flat at $3,000 instead of the requested $5,000 as was Culpeper Soil and Water, $29,321 instead of $32,865.
A $904,367 contribution remains on the books for the Central Virginia Regional Jail, a $4,039 increase, along with a $114,782 contribution to Juvenile Detention, $54,162 less than the current year. Both are mandated using funding formulas and cannot be changed by supervisors. Also somewhat mandated is a $158,700 contribution to the Madison Health Department, an $18,288 increase over the current year and a $10,000 contribution to the Central Virginia Economic Partnership (no increase).
Supervisors have not decided what the county will contribute to the Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Board (RRCSB). The group has been flat funded for the past three years, but is requested a $12,427 increase over the usual $81,467.
Budget conversations are expected to continue this week.