by Megan Schiffres
HEATHSVILLE—The Northumberland board of supervisors on Thursday, April 30, tackled the county’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2020-21. The board is considering a $43,873,687 budget, up 4.2%, or $1,777,487, compared to the current budget.
The proposed budget would require a real estate tax rate increase of five cents. This increase is due in part to the county’s recent real estate assessment which decreased property value in the county by 3.33%, according to county administrator Luttrell Tadlock.
“With the decreased real estate assessment, the real estate tax rate would need to be increased from the current rate of $0.59/$100 to an equalized rate of $0.6184/$100 to levy the same amount of real estate tax as last year. In the proposed budget, a tax rate of $.64/$100 is being examined and is what is being advertised for the budget public hearings in order to cover potential expenses,” Tadlock said.
As proposed, estimated expenditures by category total…