Seeking Your Input: County Budget Questions

This Spring, the Board of Supervisors must make tough choices regarding next year’s budget (the budget year starts July 1). The drop in home values, sales tax revenue and car and home sale recordation fees has reduced county revenue. Additionally, there are some required increases (health insurance premiums, utility costs, etc.) and the county has experienced an increased demand for some services.

To help Supervisor Cook assess available options, please answer the following questions. You may email your answers to and write “budget survey” in the subject line, or mail the responses to the office.

1.Which approach most closely resembles your overall view on the upcoming budget:
    a.The County should increase tax payments by $1000 per household or more in order to increase spending on county programs and services.
    b.The County should increase tax payments by several hundred dollars in order to hold spending at current levels and avoid cuts.
    c.The County should cut spending by around $100 million in order to keep tax payments equal to this year’s.
    d.The County should cut spending significantly and reduce tax payments.

2.What approaches should the County take regarding revenues (check as many as apply):
    a.The County should institute a restaurant meals tax to raise $80 million.
    b.The County should reinstitute a car registration fee of $33 per vehicle per year.
    c.The County should increase property tax payments.
    d. The County should increase fees for use of county facilities and services.
    e.The County should hold total revenue payments even and make necessary spending cuts.
    f.The County should reduce the overall tax burden, even if that requires substantial reductions in spending.

3.In setting spending priorities, which of these services would you LEAST like to see cuts made to:
    a.Public Safety, i.e. Fire and Police
    c.Human Services, services for those most in need
    d.Parks and Environmental Protection

4. Do you believe the Board of Supervisors has openly debated budget options to a sufficient degree?

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