One who does not is Sheriff Shannon Zeman, who is actually asking for less funds.
Zeaman says he can make do with less because he pretty much got what he asked for last year and because he was able to use drug seizure funds to buy an additional squad car.
While Zeaman can make do with what he has, other departments say they need more and County Supervisors are wondering what the final cost will be when the biggest part of the budget — the school system’s request — comes in at the end of the month.
With federal and state aid dwindling and costs going up, the schools are hurting. Class sizes are increasing and teacher salaries continue to linger at the bottom of the scale when compared to other areas of Virginia. A long line of speakers at a recent public hearing told the Board of Supervisors they want to see increases in teacher salaries and decreases in class sizes at the county’s one high school and four elementary units.
In other departments, Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Murray Shortt wants funds for an full-time assistant prosecutor, the Electoral Board needs money for new computerized voting machines, the library wants to increase salaries and pay for repairs and the sanitation needs cash to pay to protect workers from toxic fumes.
The supervisors will have to consider a tax increase at a time when most Floyd County families are barely able to make ends meet now.