Monday, February 13, 2017
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring
The violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution was “unconstitutional and un-American,” said AG Mark Herring on a hastily assembled press call this evening. “It was an extraordinary finding.”
In this case the evidence was overwhelming. There was no evidence presented to refute it. “This was especially enlightening.”
According to AG Herring Judge Leonie Brinkema stated that the executive order undermined national security.
Attorney General Mark Herring’s released statement:
Tonight Judge Leonie Brinkema found that President Donald Trump’s January 27 Exec
Roanoke City finances are looking up this year though it has not yet equaled its peak year of fiscal year 2009. The measure the director of finance Ann Shawver uses in her optimism is growth in the business license tax (BPOL). Shawver told council Monday that for the first time in four years it has increased six percent.
“We’re still not back to the peak year of revenue as a whole,” she said “but our businesses here in Roanoke in 2011 are finally seeing growth. The last time they saw growth was back in 2007.” It is a promising indicator for the BPOL tax to be up.
Revenues year-to-date have increased .7 percent just .3 percent shy of the expectation of one percent growth. There was also strong enterprise fund performance for the Civic Facilities Fund and stable performance for the Parking Fund.
Other local taxes including the food and beverage and occupancy tax are up three percent. That doesn’t include the temporary two-cent increase that expires Jun 30.
Though expenditures were budgeted for an uptick of one percent expenditures have increase over four percent but that was the result of having a third payroll in fiscal year 2012 which will correct in March explained Shawver.
With the use of contingencies to cover exceptional costs and careful management of expenses the general fund is expected to remain within budget for the year.
At Monday’s briefing the fiscal year 2013 budget was tweaked to within $1.3 million of being balanced. An improvement over the last budget session where priorities of the budget working groups had the budget exceeded by $11 million.
The completed budget will be presented at the April 16 meeting followed by a public hearing on April 26. Formal adoption of the budget that begins on July 1 will take place May 14.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Finance, Politics, Roanoke City Politics
Tags: budget, city_council, economy