Incorrect Budget Perceptions

The Roanoke Times does a very good job at reporting the news.  But, there are times when the headlines can be confusing and mislead people into false perceptions about an issue.

The recent article about the Town of Blacksburg’s budget is one of those times.

The sub headline reports that the budget is being increased 14.5 percent.  But, it does not report the fact that a great deal of this increase is due to a influx of capital money for road and transit projects.

The increase in the general operating account, the expenditures that are based on your taxes and other revenue is only being increased by about 2 percent.

The Town of Blacksburg has been very careful with expenditures over the last few years as our economy worsened, and we continue that tradition.  To see the proposed budget, click here.