“I had a couple of School Board members come up to me and say, ‘I can get $22 million,’ ” he said.
“They said, ‘I’m glad you did that.’ ”
Supervisor Shawn Williams (R-Broad Run) echoed Buona’s frustration about the depiction of the $22 million gap as a cut: “It’s deceptive.”
Williams added that he understood the challenge faced by new School Board members as they worked to cut costs to a system they didn’t yet fully understand. Like Buona, he said he had also spoken to School Board members who expressed confidence that they could further reduce costs next year.
“I’m going to hold them to that commitment,” Williams said.
In his concluding comments, Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large) said it was important for the board to consider funding some programs — beyond just the county’s most vital services — that add value to the community.
“To get caught up and only fund core services is not necessarily always the right thing to look at,” he said.
Specifically, York said, he planned to make a motion at the board’s meeting Tuesday to reconsider funding the county’s urban horticulturist position, which oversees the Master Gardeners education program.
“There are other things that do help to make this community a better place,” he said.
The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to adopt the county’s fiscal 2013 budget at its meeting Wednesday. The School Board plans to hold additional budget work sessions before adopting a reconciled fiscal plan late this month.
County residents can submit their comments about the budget by e-mailing loudounbudget@
loudoun.gov, calling 703-777-0115 or writing to the Board of Supervisors, P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, Va. 20177.