by Jackie Nunnery
HEATHSVILLE—The Northumberland board of supervisors packed the courthouse Thursday, May 13, for public hearings on the proposed county and school budgets for the 2021-22 fiscal year.
Most of the 22 citizens who spoke commented on the proposed school budget of $20,297,120, a 9% increase from the previous year. Requested county funds of $13,865,629 represent a 12.7% increase over the current budget. This increase is primarily meant to pay for a boost in teaching salaries, but also covers an elementary computer literacy teacher, a talented and gifted teacher and an athletic/events director.
The county budget of $43,039,012 includes revenues of $35,539,012, up $770,151 or 2.2% over last year. This is based largely on a proposed $0.61 per $100 real estate tax rate, a $0.02 per $100 increase. All other tax rates are proposed to stay….[to-view-more]