Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 28, 2014

Tazewell supervisors make adjustments; pass budget

TAZEWELL, Va. — The Tazewell County Board of Supervisors approved a budget Thursday night for fiscal year 2014-’15 that reduces property taxes by two cents per $100 in assessed property values, and also includes a modest pay increase for county employees according to Eastern District Supervisor Charles Stacy, chair of the board.

Although the final figures for the budget were not immediately available on Friday, the board was working on a $112.9 million budget prior to Thursday’s meeting. Stacy explained that the Tazewell County School Board was able to recover $3.9 million in surplus funds. He said the supervisors were able to return $3.7 million of those surplus funds to the school system, to reduce real estate taxes and to budget a raise for county employees.

“We were able to drop the property tax from 57 cents per $100 to 55 cents per $100 in assessed property value,” Stacy said. “The school board will still be able to give teachers a raise (address other issues) and complete some capital improvement projects.

“Our working relationship with the school board is improving,” he said. “We’re starting to see the common ground. We’ve done much better with the two boards working together.”

Stacy said the supervisors worked hard on the new fiscal year 2014-’15 budget. “It was a good night, all in all,” he said.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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