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Tax Cut Idea Floated At Hanover Supervisors Meeting

The Hanover County Board of Supervisors discussed a tax cut for fiscal 2015 yesterday.  News of a projected $43 million surplus sparked talk of a two cent tax cut -- and a fight.  Board Member W. Canova Peterson suggested rolling over money from year to year was not addressing citizens needs, and vice-chairman Wayne Hazzard said they tend to spend what they get, and they ought to consider a tax cut.  But Chairman Sean Davis said they needed to be prudent and pointed to their fiscal conservatism and a triple A bond rating, and there was a chorus of concerns from other members as well.  County Manager Rhu Harris's $390 million budget is counting on a continued economic recovery, a rise in residential and commercial construction and increases in assessments to support a two-percent increase for employees, more money for schools and public safety.  There is a public hearing on the budget March 26th at seven at the county administration building.