Monday evening the Northampton Board of Supervisors heard budget requests from agencies outside the County government.
The requests were:
The Eastern Shore Public Library requested $138,000 for the operating budget of the Northampton Free Library in Nassawadox and the Cape Charles Library.
The Coalition Against Domestic Violence requested $15,000 to fund emergency shelter for victims of domestic abuse.
Eastern Shore Resource and Development Council requested $7,281 to promote sustainable agriculture, water quality and groundwater conservation.
Star Transit requested $109,408 for operation of routes in Northampton. Phil Thompson with Star Transit also announced it would be adding a Northampton County demand response route for the County’s Elderly and disabled. The route would provide curbside service. Northampton County must fund the additional $19,968 for the route to get the matching funding.
The Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission requested $144,000 as part of its receipts of transient occupancy tax. The Commission is working on building a new website and is focusing on promoting agri-tourism and entrepreneurship.
The Small Business Development Center requested $2,000 to help fund its office location. The SBDC provides counseling to new and existing businesses here on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
The Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District requested $10,898, which is level from its funding from 2018. The ESSWCD provides and develops leadership for resource conservation here on the Shore.
The 911 Commission requested approximately $300,000. The Commission’s radio and broadband networks need to be upgraded. A third of the funding will go to the radio network, and the other two thirds will come from Accomack County. If Northampton does not fund the radio network portion, the contribution from Accomack may be in jeopardy.
Sitting Chairman John Coker assured those in attendance they would do their best to fund the requests.