From the Times Dispatch:
The proposed $1.3 billion county operating budget before the Board of Supervisors this Wednesday is based on continuing the real estate property tax rate at 97 cents per $100 of assessed value. ...The current budget is $1.165 billion. ...But in light of feedback from about 50 speakers at last Wednesday's public hearing, the county is sharpening its pencil. ...Most of the speakers asked the county's five supervisors -- four of whom are new -- to follow through on promises to tighten the county's belt and reduce wasteful spending. ...Board chairman and Clover Hill District representative A.S. "Art" Warren said Friday that he would support cutting the rate to 95 cents. ..."My position all along has been that we should reduce the tax rate. The public hearing only reinforced that belief," he said.