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Fauquier County supervisors begin examining local impact of state budget impasse

Thursday, May. 8 | By Jonathan Hunley
Fauquier's Board of Supervisors this afternoon got a look at some of the economic ugliness that could result if state lawmakers don't pass a budget before the end of the fiscal year.

Budget negotiators have been tussling over the state's spending plan for weeks now, with the bugaboo being an expansion of Medicaid. House of Delegates Republicans don't want it to be included in the budget, while Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his fellow Democrats in the state Senate insist on the move.

Fauquier supervisors approved a county budget last month, but they haven't appropriated any funds as they watch and wait to see what happens in Richmond.

There's a lot at stake, county Budget Director Erin Kozanecki told them at a work session today. More than $28 million is slated to come to the locality in the next fiscal year as either aid from the state or as federal aid that Virginia agrees to pass along to Fauquier.

About 184 county government jobs are funded at least partially with state money, as well.

In addition, about $3.4 million the county expected to receive in July and August could be delayed if there's no approved state budget July 1, when fiscal 2015 begins.

"State funding impacts all areas of county services from Bluemont matching funds to conservation easement funding to landfill litter-control grants," Kozanecki wrote in a report she delivered to supervisors today.

Potential impacts of state budget delays on Fauquier County

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