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VIRGINIA: At an adjourned meeting of the <br /> Boamd of Supervisors of Chester- <br /> field County, held at the <br /> Courthouse on April 22, 1954, <br /> at ?:~0 p.m, <br /> <br />Present: <br /> <br /> Mr. Irvin G. Homer, Chairman <br /> Mr. H. T. Goyne <br /> Dr. Robt. 0. Gill <br /> Mr. J.p. Guntor <br /> Mr. R.J. }~ritton <br /> ~ir. Stanley R. Hague, Jr. <br /> <br /> This day the Executive Secretary read a resolution from the Chesterfield Council <br />of Parent-Teacher Associations, which resolution expressed the fact that they were <br />unalterably opposed to a cut in the Chesterfield County $ohool budget. Also was <br />read a resoltuion :'rom the Chester PoT.A. expressing opposition to any reduction <br />in the budget for the School Board. Came also a delegation of approximately 45 <br />personS,school budget.the majority of whom expressed strong sentiment against any reduction in t~ <br />Mr. Connerly representing the Forest View P.T.A. cited many ways in which the School <br />Board could improve the School system. <br />Mrs. Livingstone, citizen from Chester stated the fact that in heropinion most <br />people would be willing to pay more taxes if it meant better schools. Mr. Ray- <br />holds, Vice-President of the Ben Air P.T.A. stated that the additional needs now <br />would be multiplied in the future. <br />}ir. Ernest G. Bentley, speaking as a citizen at large, stated he had rather see the <br />budget raised than cut. <br />Mr. Rose representin~ the ~oad Rock P.T.A. stated the fact that children have to <br />compete later in life so Chesterfield ohilch, en should be educated in the best <br />way possible. <br /> <br />Mr. S.T. Wagstaff stated the fact that the farmers were not making expected <br />profits on farms, that ~uPont and other factories were layin~ off employees, and <br />raising the question could the County at this time rais~taxes, with conditions <br />on such an uncertain basis. <br />Mr. Gary, the newspape~nan from Chester stated that a recent study on his part <br />showed that Chesterfield is not a high taxed County and that the increase in taxes <br />is necessary. <br />Mr. Swanson of the Ben Air P.T.A. averred thattaxes are beside the point schools <br />must be built and operated. ' <br />Mr. Mason Hayes of the Beulah P.T.A. spoke in opposition to any cut in the $chool <br />budget. <br /> <br />Mr. ~.I¢. Murphey, Jr. stated that ~hesterfield has a good School t4oard capable of <br />doing an excellent job and that taxes should be raised this year rather than next <br />year which is an election year. <br />Mr. A.T. Foley from Centralia Gardens stated that children- often pattern them- <br />selves after their teachers, therefore, teachers should not have to suffer due to <br />monetary loss. <br />Mr. ~'.D.F. vans from Chester voiced tha opinion that the School budget not be cut. <br /> <br />Mr. Fred Thompson at the l~equest of some of the P.T.A. officials made a short <br />talk to the effect that the School Board was attempting to do the best job <br />possible and that the budget was a realistic approach to the problem at hand. <br /> <br />.~im. Stanley Hague attempted to ascertain the feelings of the citizens present in <br />regard to an auto license tax. There was no poll on this question taken. <br /> <br />On motion of Mr. Gunter, seconded by bit. Britton, it is resolved that this Board <br />a~journ to a ~udcet session which session will be a Budget Committee meeting. <br /> <br />On motion of Mr. Hague, seconded by ~Ir. Goyne, it is resolved that the Board <br />reconvene from its Budget Go~nittee meeting for the purpose of discussing the <br />County Budget. <br /> <br />On motion of ~lr. Go)me, seconded by )~. Hague, it is resolved that the School <br />Board budget be and the same is hereby approved as submitted. <br /> <br />~r. Gunter made the following motion: <br />That the rate for the County be set at $~.20 for the Personal Property and Real <br />Estate and 40¢ for machinery which motion died for the want of a second. <br /> <br />Mr. ~itton made the following motion: <br />That the rate of the ~ounty be set at $2.15 for Personal Property and Rea~ <br />Estate and 50~ for machinery, which motion died for the want of a second. <br /> <br />Mr. Gunter made the followin~ motion which was seconded by ~r. Hague: Be it <br />Resolved that the tax rate for the County be increased 10~ which would set the <br />Real ~state and Personal Property rate at $2.20 per ~100.00 ~er assessed <br />evaluation and 40~ per $100.00 for assessed evaluation for machinery. <br /> <br />Mr. Goyne offered a substitute motion, that tho rate be set at $2.10 for Personal <br />Prol~erty a~d Real Estate and 50¢ for machinery, which motion did not receive a <br />second. <br /> <br /> <br />