Retreat planned to hear budget requests

Published 11:05 am Wednesday, March 5, 2014

COURTLAND—Several department heads in Southampton County government will present their needs and wish lists for the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget at a retreat this Thursday.

Beginning at 1 p.m., they’ll make their case before the Southampton County Board of Supervisors. The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place at 24283 Old Bridge Road in Courtland.

Speakers will include: Sheriff Jack Stutz: Treasurer David Brit; Commissioner of Revenue Amy Carr; Clerk of Court Rick Francis: Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Cooke; Southampton School Dr. Alvera Parrish and members of the school board. The retreat is scheduled to last until 8:30 p.m.

“We’ll be able to hear everyone’s request and at least know what they’ll be asking,” said Dallas Jones, chairman of the board. “And when we get to the budget, we’ll already know what they’re asking for.

“I would like for them to explain what they need it and why they’re asking for it.”

“I won’t rule out answering questions [from the public]. We’ll try to answer,” he said.

Jones said the retreat will not only enable the board members to take in what’s requested, but also serve as an informal venue where the speakers will be able to talk one-on-one with the supervisors.