Terse comments preceded Monday’s vote on the spending plan for fiscal ’19-20; the proposal was later approved in a 3 to 1 majority vote.

Noting that he has been “opposed to it from the git-go,” Lock Boyce, who represents the Mayo River District on the Patrick County Board of Supervisors, alleged it was “a dishonest budget that was done behind closed doors. There is no reason” for the 20 percent real estate tax hike.

Earlier in the budget process, supervisors approved an 11-cents increase to the real estate levy, raising it from 57-cents to 68-cents per $100 of assessed value.

The increase was half of the 22-cents recommended by David Rose, of Davenport & Co. LLC, a consulting firm retained by the county this year, after supervisors had approved deficit budgets for the last five years and nearly depleted the contingency fund.

“You raise these taxes next year, you’re gonna have a lot of people defaulting on their taxes. There’s a lot that could be done to this budget that wasn’t done,” Boyce said.

Rickie Fulcher, chairman, said “Lock, you’re entitled to your opinion, and I appreciate your opinion.”

“No, you don’t, and I don’t…

View full article here