Stanley questions governor’s motives for Tobacco audit
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
State Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Glade Hill) is concerned about Gov. Terry McAuliffe's motives in requesting a detailed account of spending from the Virginia Tobacco Commission.
"While the Tobacco Commission has been audited on a regular basis by Virginia and found to be managerially and fiscally sound on each occasion, the governor's action can only mean one thing -- that he hopes to take the remaining monies in the Tobacco Commission and reallocate them away from our region to be earmarked for other government programs that do not help the counties, cities and towns that are contained in the 'tobacco footprint'."
Few residents attend public hearing on school budget
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
Only a few residents spoke during a public hearing Tuesday night for the Franklin County School Division's proposed 2014-15 budget, which includes a list of 18 priorities for school officials.
"These 18 items are not our only needs," said Dr. Mark Church, school superintendent. "They are things we have to have, things we really need to help our school system move forward and remain competitive."
At the top of that list is over $2 million in state mandates, including Virginia Retirement System (VRS) rate increases for employee retirement, group life insurance, retiree health care credits and additional educational programs.
Even with an additional $1 million from the state and $600,000 from the county for fiscal year 2014-15, the school division will still be $268,000 short of paying for those mandates.