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Budget proposal presented to Board of County Supervisors

Written by: What’s Up Prince William

Representatives are taking schools and emergency personnel into account as they begin to look over a proposed spending plan.

Prince William County Executive Chris Martino presented his fiscal 2020 budget proposal to the Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) at a meeting last week.

The meeting was held in the Board Chambers of the McCoart Administration Building in Woodbridge.

If approved, the $1.2 billion plan would allocate about $607.2 million to Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS), as part of its revenue sharing agreement.

PWCS Superintendent Steve Walts’ proposed fiscal 2020 budget was presented to the county School Board earlier this month.

Martino is also recommending that the county set aside $10.5 million for the second phase of a plan that aims to recruit and retain fire and rescue personnel.

During the first phase, which is being implemented this year, officials are providing raises to employees.

In fiscal 2020, they will switch to 56-hour shifts.

The budget proposal also includes nearly $7 million for the jail expansion.

A public hearing on the spending plan and tax rate is scheduled for April 9. The BOCS plans to adopt the budget on April 30.

Martino’s presentation and a video of the meeting are available on the county’s website.