3/2/14

What's next?

It's not over. So, what's next?

The Board of Supervisors was scheduled to meet with the School Board for a work session on their budget request on Monday, March 3, but due to the weather, it was changed to Saturday, March 8 at 9am. It will still be at the Government Center in Leesburg. You can watch in person or on Comcast Channel 23, Open Band Channel 40, Verizon FiOS Channel 40, or online at the Loudoun County Webcast System.

There may be straw votes taken at this meeting. It's a bit concerning that it's now a Saturday session as Mr. Reid will likely not attend due to religious reasons. Supervisor Reid (Leesburg) has been signaling his support for schools and being open to paying for it at a tax rate closer to the current one. 

If you didn't get a chance to speak at one of the public hearings, you can still let the Board of Supervisors know you support our schools at the public input at 6pm on Wednesday, March 5 at the regular Board of Supervisors meeting. To speak,  call (703) 777-0200 by noon on Tuesday to sign up in advance or just sign up in person at the meeting.

There are more work sessions scheduled mostly on Mondays and Thursdays through March 24, but no others specified for the school budget alone at this point. 

You'll be able to speak in person to the Board at least one more time after the school work session on Wednesday, March 19 at their regular meeting. Final budget adoption is expected at the regular meeting Wednesday, April 2. Last year, the vote was taken before the public input part of the meeting. 

Keep monitoring here and local news sources for pertinent information. If you haven't yet, send an email to loudounbudget@loudoun.gov (or even if you have, but have a new thought!). You can also contact your supervisors directly  (everyone has two: your district's and Chairman York) by email or call (703) 777-0204. You can also write a letter to Board of Supervisors, P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, VA 20177.

And once the Board of Supervisors finalizes their budget, if there are any cuts, that will go back to the School Board to reconcile any differences. But we'll get to that later!

Updated: 3pm, 3/3 due to rescheduled work session

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