Northumberland board votes 4-1 to approve current budget amendment

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

HEATHSVILLE—After weeks of special meetings, discussion and public comment, the Northumberland board of supervisors on June 2 approved a fiscal year 2021-22 budget amendment that will, among other things, allow the school board to begin construction on a JROTC/STEM/Athletic building.

Despite the approval, it was not a signal of better times ahead for the two boards, as supervisors continued their criticism of the school board.

Although listed as a discussion item during the budget work session, the board did not comment on the budget amendment prior to convening a closed meeting to discuss personnel matters. However, following public hearings on the county’s proposed 2022-23 capital improvement plan and budget, supervisor James Long made a motion to approve the budget amendments.

Supervisor Thomas Tomlin said he would vote for the measure “but the process has not been good. We’ve had to email or request information. We need information to go on, but it was like pulling hen’s teeth….

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