Budget Questions and Responses

Budget Questions

During the budget development process, staff takes note of the questions asked by Board members and provides written responses to questions for which responses were not readily available at the time the questions were asked. 

Below is the list of the questions received to date.  The list will be updated as questions are received from the Board and the responses are sent to the Board. 

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 Question  

How much did FY 2013 actual revenues exceed FY 2013 budgeted revenues?  Based on FY 2014 revenue collections to date, how much do we expect FY 2014 actual revenue to exceed FY 2014 budgeted revenues? What is the full year impact of the 9 Firefighter/Medics added mid-year in FY 2014? What is the full year impact of the cost of living (COLA) added mid-year in FY 2014?  What is the amount of the local recordation tax? Response

What is the impact of increasing the BPOL threshold from $750,000 to $1,000,000? Response

What is the impact of eliminating the property tax on aircraft? Response

What is the impact of eliminating the property tax on boats? Response
5  
Have the unpaved roads been prioritized?  What was the $1.2 million approved in FY 2014 for?  How much of that has been spent? Response 
6  
What in the Schools’ budget are one-time items that could be funded with one-time funding?  Please provide a specific list.  Response 
7  
What are the calculation components of the Local Composite Index (LCI)?  Show the current LCI calculation and the prior two-year LCI calculation.  What is the process for challenging/disputing the calculation with the State? Response 
8  
Are proffers applied to School capital projects to reduce debt?  Response
9  
What will the School Board cut if the local transfer is not increased by $1.9 million?  Response
10 
How has the Retirement Opportunities Program (ROP) benefited the Schools’ budget?  Response
11 
Are bond funds the only source of revenue for financing School capital projects?  Response
12 
Please provide the student/teacher ratio at all levels.  How do Spotsylvania’s ratios compare with State maximum ratios? Response
13 
Regarding slide 11 from the School Board’s presentation of its budget on Feb. 18, how does Spotsylvania’s graduation rate compare to the State average?  Response
14 
 Regarding the School Board’s presentation of its budget on Feb. 18, please provide the same display from slide 19, but provide the data for 2003 forward. Response
15 
Regarding slide 29 from the School Board’s presentation of its budget on Feb. 18, what is the big increase in student enrollment projections in FY 2016, and then why would the enrollment begin to decline again after FY 2016?  Response
16 
How has actual enrollment compared to enrollment projections for both September 30/October 1 enrollment and March 31 enrollment over the past five years?  Response
17 
Show the breakdown of step increases by group.  For example, what percentage of staff will see a 1% increase?  A 1.5% increase?  Etc.  Response
18 
What projects in the Schools’ CIP and operating budgets are related to growth?  Response
19 
Does the Schools’ proposed CIP factor in growth from previously approved developments?  If so, how?  If not, when will that growth be included in the CIP?  Response
20 
What impact (now and in years to come) will the ACA have on health care costs for Schools?  Response
21 
What was the increase in Federal funding for FRED applied to in FY 2015?  Is our share of costs in FY 2015 being reduced because of the Federal funds being available?  Response
22 
How does Spotsylvania’s personal property tax rate compare to other localities in the area?  Response
23 
Please explain how the BPOL revenue breaks down by category and how adjusting the categorical rates might affect FY 2015 revenue.  Response
24 
Please clarify which personal property items are prorated.  Response
25  
Provide a breakdown of $3.4 million difference in revenues and expenditures presented at 3/18 work session.  Response
26  
Out of the Economic Development target industries; Health, Industrial, DOD, Technology, and Tourism, which BPOL category does each fall into?   Response
27  
Provide details about term and basis of the mall incentive agreement.
Response
28  
Why is Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center (HCA) not part of the Radio Interoperability System?
Response
29  
What is the “equalized” personal property tax rate and how is it calculated?
Response
30  
What steps have been taken to purchase fuel efficient buses?
Response
31 Modify the three-year forecast to factor in additional staff that will be needed for assumed enrollment growth. Response
32 
Provide a listing of benefits that are available to Schools’ part-time staff.
Response
33 
Send the Schools’ CIP to the Board of Supervisors and specify on which pages the following items are found:
  • Historical enrollment broken down by school.
  • Historical enrollment broken down by grade.
  • Breakdown of capital needs by fiscal year.
Response
34 Review the developments that have been approved in the last five years and consider what has actually been built out. Using that information as a guide, how would the Schools’ CIP look if you were to correlate what has happened in the last five years to what might happen in the next five? Response
35 
Of the developments that have been approved in the past 20 years, how many units are still to be built out for each development?  Response
36 
During the period 2003 through 2009, how many schools were constructed or added onto?  How many building permits were approved? Response
37 
What was FREMS turnover rate for CY 2012?  Response
38 
Do we have time to add a referendum question on the ballot for the upcoming election in November 2014?
Response
39 
Can we “bank” revenue sharing funds?  
Response provided at 4/10 work session
40 
Can we eliminate property tax on “agricultural” trailers?
Response
41 
In previous years was the School division’s local composite index revised due to inaccurate data either from Weldon Cooper, VA Department of Taxation or VA Department of Education?
Response

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Contact Information

Main: (540) 507-7590 
Fax: (540) 582-6304
E-Mail: budget@spotsylvania.va.us 

Mary Sorrell, Finance Director

Budget Staff
Bonnie Jewell, Budget Manager
Vacant , Senior Financial Analyst
Holly Dove, Budget Analyst II
Barbara Verhaalen, Budget Analyst I

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