Nottoway County’s budget (fiscal) year begins July 1 and ends the following June 30.
The County Administrator begins county budget preparation in February. At that time, information is collected from the various county departments concerning their budget needs for the upcoming fiscal year. The County Administrator also collects information from other sources to determine potential revenue for the new fiscal year, such as new home construction values from the Commissioner of the Revenue.
The County Administrator compares these two totals (potential expenses and potential revenues) to determine their balance and presents a draft budget document to the Budget Committee of the Board of Supervisors. The Budget Committee is made up of two members of the Board of Supervisors.
Department heads are then invited to budget committee hearings where they are able to explain their requests for funding in the upcoming year. The Budget Committee, armed with that information and the original draft budget, then decides the best use of the available funds and makes its recommendation to the full Board of Supervisors.
The Board of Supervisors will then hold a budget workshop where the Budget Committee explains its recommendations. All board members are free to suggest amendments or changes to the recommended budget, which is then sent back to the Budget Committee to “fine tune”.
Then, the board will hold a public hearing so that all citizens can voice their opinion on the proposed budget. The Board of Supervisors may still make amendments to the budget if necessary. If none are needed, the board will approve the budget no earlier than seven days after the public hearing.