Davis (right), director of Project ACCESS, is
shown working with a local high school senior
as a part of the Topics of Employability
class. The course is designed to help ease the
transition between high school and the
workforce for disabled students. If students
choose to go to SwVCC, Project ACCESS is on
campus to ensure that students' needs are met
including accommodations, tutoring and other
services. For more information about Project
ACCESS, contact Stephanie Davis at
Eyes County Budget
Cautions Figures Are Preliminary
details about Buchanan County's 2007-08 budget were discussed
Monday as the Board of Supervisors convened to get its first
look at the proposal.
meeting, the first of many budget work sessions the
supervisors will conduct to fine tune the upcoming budget, was
held in the conference room of the county E-911 office on
Administrator W.J. Caudill, who prepared the budget's early
draft, reminded members of the board a number of funding
requests still had not been received by the county, making it
impossible to define several dollar amounts throughout the
is a very preliminary budget," Caudill said. "Some
of these numbers will change."
added it isn't unusual for certain entities not to have
already submitted their budget requests. When North Grundy
Board Chairman Carroll Branham asked how many requests had not
been received, Caudill said three or four had yet to report,
including the School Board.
for county workers also have yet to be worked into the
preliminary budget, Caudill said, adding he will figure an
average raise amount for non-constitutional county employees
at a later date.
constitutional officers will receive a 4 percent pay increase,
a budget item mandated by the state.
Grundy Board Member Roger Rife estimated the budget will
increase by more than $1 million after raises are reflected in
board will be searching for ways to make ends meet in the
absence of several identified shortfalls.
year's budget included funds from the sale of the former
Vansant Elementary School property, as well as federal grant
money that won't be available to the county this year. The
county also will lose some tax revenue due to coal prices
having gone down over the past year.
not going to get $500,000 of coal severance taxes,"
also isn't clear whether county reassessment dollars will help
close that gap.
not talking about a huge amount of money," Caudill said,
referring to the impact property reassessment will have on the
wasn't significant," Branham said, adding most residents
he's talked to say their reassessment notices amount to only a
few extra dollars on their tax bills. He did admit, however,
he's sure some tax bills rose more significantly.
county's capital outlay construction fund was addressed Monday
as Caudill crossed out the preliminary figure of $850,000 and
penciled in $1.3 million. By his experience, Caudill said,
that figure needs to be approximately $1 million annually.
Monday's preliminary county budget figure totaled $39,715,676,
the final amount for 2008 should be closer to the $42,328,085
budgeted for the 2006-07 fiscal year after the remaining
funding requests are reflected.
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One Shows to Back Letter Allegations
Fraud Investigation Suggested
Cathy St. Clair
one showed up last Wednesday when School Superintendent Tommy P.
Justus School Board Attorney Tom Scott and State Police Special
Agent Marcus McClanahan made themselves available to meet with
anyone who had factual information in support of any or all of the
allegations contained in a recent anonymous letter being
circulated in the Hurley community.
said Justus, McClanahan and he had waited 40 minutes last week and
no one showed up to report anything in the letter as fact.
was just as I expected," Scott said. "No one showed up
which leads me to conclude there is no basis in fact to the
result, Scott told school board members Monday that he would
forward a copy of the letter to Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom
Bondurant for possible mail fraud prosecution since the letter was
sent via U.S. mail. The mail was used at minimum to forward the
letter to at least some school board members and the Virginia
Department of Education.
noted that prior to the meeting, it had been agreed if there was
any substance to the allegations, the school system wanted to know
specifics to enable them to investigate whether they were true.
anonymous letter contained numerous serious unsubstantiated
allegations and attacks made on the schools, students and
administrators at the Hurley schools, according to Justus and Knox
School Board Member Clarence Brown.
have got to stop these unsigned letters," Scott said.
"It is an act of cowardice."
noted after the meeting that the author(s) of the letter needed to
learn they cannot publish anonymous letters containing
"bald-faced allegations with no factual basis whatsoever
defaming the good reputation of others."
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