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Government

  • Independence Town Council approves budget

    INDEPENDENCE — The Independence Town Council has approved their governmental and utility budgets for the year.
    The motion to approve the budgets, totaling $1.7 million for governmental funds and $2.5 million for utility funds, was approved at a special called meeting on June 27.

  • Grayson approves $22 million dollar budget

    INDEPENDENCE — Another tough budget year has come to a lose, with the county successfully passing a balanced budget for FY 2018-19, totaling $22.3 million.
    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors held a final meeting to review the budget on June 18. After a short discussion, the board decided to move forward with the spending plan. The budget was formally approved by the board the following Monday, following unanimous approval by the supervisors at their June 18 meeting.

  • Fries approves $494,000 budget

    FRIES — A unanimous vote by the Fries Town Council at their June 5 meeting finalized the town’s budget for fiscal year 2018-19, with a revenue and expenditure total of $493,951.
    Proposed tax rates are as follows: $0.36 cents per $100 value for real property taxes; $1.75 per $100 value for personal property taxes; $1.74 per $100 value for machinery and tools taxes; and $0.30 per $100 value for public utility real estate taxes.

  • County leaders discuss plans for growth

    INDEPENDENCE — A series of upcoming initiatives planned to address growth in areas of tourism, business, health, communication and other needs within the county, were the key topic of this year’s spring “Grow Grayson” forum.
    Recently held at the Independence Fire House, Grayson supervisors and County Administrator Bill Shepley presented an updated list of the county’s planned projects in the coming years, seeking input from school and business leaders within the county.

  • Fries presents budget draft

    FRIES — The Fries Town Council presented a draft of their budget for FY 2018-19 at their May 1 meeting.
    The budget, which will take effect on July 1, currently has a revenue and expenditure total of $493,951.
    Proposed tax rates are as follows: $0.36 cents per $100 value for real property taxes; $1.75 per $100 value for personal property taxes; $1.74 per $100 value for machinery and tools taxes; and $0.30 per $100 value for public utility real estate taxes.

  • County forms plan for future budgets

    INDEPENDENCE — As Grayson County’s budgeting season continues, the Grayson Board of Supervisors sought a review of the county’s finances in order to address the years ahead.

  • Supervisors devise plan for school budget

    By LARRY CHAMBERS and SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – As the Grayson school system faces a $1 million dollar shortfall in revenue due to loss of student funding and an increase in insurance costs, the supervisors are devising a plan to meet the school board’s request for the county to contribute more than the minimum it its required to provide.

  • County discusses Fishers Gap truck traffic

    By LARRY CHAMBERS and SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    The Grayson County Board of Supervisors conducted a public hearing at its meeting on May 10, regarding truck traffic on Fishers Gap Road.
    The hearing was set to receive public comments regarding prohibiting through truck traffic on Fishers Gap, south of Galax, with an alternate route of use being Edmonds Road and Route 89.
    Several truck drivers attended the meeting to listen to the comments, but none of them spoke publicly.

  • Registration deadline approaching for primary election

    The June 12 primary election will include a U.S. Senate race and a race for the U.S. House of Representatives Ninth District.

    This year’s primary election will be a dual primary, meaning that voters will be able to participate in either the Republican or the Democratic election, but not both.

    The Democratic race will determine who will challenge Republican congressman Morgan Griffith in November. On the ballot for this race are Anthony J. Flaccavento and Justin D. Santopietro.

  • Grayson town elections held

    In Grayson County, only two newcomers joined any of the town councils holding elections — Fries, Independence and Troutdale.
    The Independence Town Council race had four candidates vying for three available seats. The three incumbent candidates who received the most votes left the face of town council unchanged, with Buddy Halsey receiving 53 votes (31.4 percent), Jeffrey Miller receiving 46 (27.2 percent) and Tom Maxwell receiving 43 (25.4 percent).
    Newcomer Jessica Anders was not elected; she received 27 votes, or 15.9 percent.