An Accomack County budget that includes a raise for county employees has cleared its last hurdle. The Board of Supervisors conducted a public hearing on the budget Tuesday night.   The meeting lasted just 17 minutes. Three speakers signed up to comment. Hayden Gordon and Chuck Bradford represented the Greenback Volunteer Fire Company and thanked the supervisors for extending paid EMT coverage to Greenbackville. Accomack County School Superintendent Chris Holland also thanked the board for a funding formula in the budget that he said is good for the school system. Holland said that running the school system is a tough job and could not be done without the help of the Board of Supervisors.

Since Holland became Superintendent, representatives of the School Board and the Board of Supervisors get together quarterly to discuss issues relating to the schools and to keep the lines of communication between the two boards open.

The new budget not only contains funding for county employee raises it also contains more money for the Sheriff’s Department to help it give salary increases to deputies. It is an attempt to stem the loss of deputies to towns and the State Police.

A concurrent public hearing was held on the tax rates for FY 2019. The rate on the mainland will remain at 61 cents on $100 valuation for the mainland . Chinoteague will get a bit of a tax cut with a 1 cent reduction. The County does not provide paid EMT service for Chincoteague.

With no opposition, the budget is headed for passage at the regular Board meeting March 21.