LAWRENCEVILLE – The Brunswick County Board of Supervisors amended the FY21 budget to include CARES Act funding and the Coronavirus Relief Fund totaling $3,538,980. Per the Code of Virginia a public hearing is required to amend the budget in excess of 1% of the total expenditures in the currently adopted budget. A public hearing was held on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020 on the proposed budget amendment and no one spoke in opposition.

Director of Finance Keli Reekes said the breakdown for the funding is: Brunswick County – first allocation - $1,416,092; Brunswick County – second allocation - $1,416,092; Brunswick County Public Schools - $654,639; Registrar’s Office - $52,157. Reekes said the funds will be used to offset costs imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The supervisors appropriated a total of $3,538,980 in federal funds received of the CARES Act to the appropriate line items.

In other matters, Dr. Kristy Somerville Midgette, Division Superintendent, Brunswick County Public Schools, submitted the FY20 finance report for July to the supervisors. As of July 31, 2020 BCPS has expended $21,254,252.39 from the categorical budget and received a total of $20,027,129.55 in revenues.

The supervisors appropriated $75,000 in court fine revenue to the applicable line item of the FY21 Sheriff – Law Enforcement departmental budget; appropriated $2,000 in grant proceeds to the applicable line items of the FY21 Building Official departmental budget; and re-appropriated a total of $264,733 in unexpended funds from the FY21 General Fund to line items of the FY21 General Fund budget.

The supervisors appropriated a total of $322,290 from the undesignated FY20 General Fund Balance to the appropriate line items; appropriated $141,900 in federal funds received of the CARES Act to the applicable line items; appropriated $4,462 in DMV Select commissions received from the Commonwealth to the FY20 DMV Select Fund; appropriated $7,563 in federal funds received of the US Department of Health and Human Services to the FY20 Brunswick EMS departmental budget; appropriated $12,193 from the FY20 Courthouse Maintenance fund balance to the FY20 Courthouse Maintenance Fund; transferred $46,573 from the FY20 Solid Waste departmental budget to the FY20 Capital Projects Fund for the Brodnax Convenience Center development; appropriated a total of $236,664 in grant funds to the applicable FY20 Capital Improvement Projects line items.

The supervisors declared the 2012 Chevrolet ambulance as surplus and authorized the advertisement of the sale by sealed bid. Reekes said Brunswick EMS acquired a 2019 Dodge ambulance.

The supervisors approved the proposal presented and authorized the County Administrator and staff to proceed with the system upgrade and further appropriated $49,622 from the FY21 Undesignated General Fund Balance. Reekes said the existing operating system will no longer be supported by IBM after December 31, 2020; therefore an upgrade is necessary at this time. CAS Severn, Bright’s current IBM business partner, has provided a proposal which includes a system upgrade and a 5-year IBM 24x7 hardware and software maintenance and support warranty.

Disbursement totaling $426,379.12 were approved.