The Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors continued to pick apart its fiscal 2014 operating budget during a fourth work session Monday.
The Board is considering a maximum real estate tax increase of 8 cents to cover the county’s operating budget and the school budget.
There were varying discussions Monday on why some departments followed the supervisor’s 5 percent budget reduction request and some didn’t.
“It’s not fair,” said Newport Supervisor Buzz Bailey about departments such as the Sheriff’s Office and the schools not following the reduction request.
The Board asked everyone to cut and then it gives some back to other departments, said Chairman JoAnn Hall.
All departments should have to participate in the 5 percent cuts, Hall said.
Carrsville Supervisor Rex Alphin was in favor of yielding to some additional budget requests.
That would prevent departments from coming back in the middle of the year and the Board having to pull from reserves, he said.
“We need to look at realistic expenses,” Alphin said. ...(Subscribe!)