Gary A. Lofton
Board of Supervisors
  Back Creek District 


Local Government
Frederick County Website
Board Of Supervisors

Charles DeHaven, Jr

Judy McCann-Slaughter
Stonewall District

Gene Fisher
Shawnee District

Blaine Dunn
Red Bud District

Bob Hess
Gainesboro District

Robert Wells
Opequon District

Frederick County Schools
Frederick County Sanitation Authority

As Promised from my facebook page here are the results of the survey from the responses received as of Wednesday, February 23. (55 responses)

  • Do you feel that Frederick County provides the services necessary for an excellent quality of life?
    Yes - 58%  No - 27%  No Opinion - 15%

  • The Board of Supervisors has decided not to use unreserved funds to balance next fiscal years budget as in years past. Do you agree with that strategy?
    Yes - 25%  No - 27%  Not enough information - 46%  No opinion - 25%

  • The projected revenues for next fiscal year are not sufficient to meet all expenses as requested by the departments and agencies. What action do you prefer to balance the budget?
    Raise taxes - 25%  Cut expenses - 27%  Combination of both - 34%  Not enough information - 12%

  • If you would support a real estate tax increase what level could you support? (Current rate is $0.56/$100 assessed value) -
    4 cents - 31%  6 cents - 12%   8 cents - 10%  10 cents - 21%  Not enough information - 21%

Now to answer a couple of questions/opinions offered:

1. Why not raise other taxes such as sales, cigarette, meals?
The Commonwealth of Virginia operates under the Dillon Rule. In essence the County does not have the power to raise certain taxes (as the ones stated earlier) as does a city or town. To learn more about why we operate this way here is a link to an explanation of how this came to be.

2. Some did not have enough information about the proposed budget and the current budget.
The proposed budget has not been published because it is still in a state of discussion and debate. The current budget can be found by using the link on the right hand side of this page.

More information will be forthcoming as I peruse the feedback and choose questions that will have a broad interest.


Tax Exempt status of certain organizations
This item remains on our legislative agenda, which can be seen here:
We are requesting this legislation for two reasons.  First, a number of the organizations with previously granted exemptions either no longer exist (such as Robert E. Rose Memorial Foundation, Inc. and Shalom Et Benedictus, Inc.) and/or no longer own property in Frederick County (such as Special Love, Inc. and Wayside Museum of American History and Arts) and, therefore, the legislation would offer the opportunity for housekeeping to clean up existing records.  Second, the legislation would not result in any automatic revocation of tax exemptions, but would instead permit review by the Board of Supervisors for the appropriateness of continued exempt status.  Some of these exemptions were approved as far back as 1990 and, therefore, it may be appropriate to revisit whether circumstances that justified an exemption 25 years ago remain today.
Update: This proposal was not reported out of committee and hence is essentially defeated this session


In this case, the scammer called the member stating that they were an employee of the Cooperative, and that the member needed to pay the delinquent amount owed on their SVEC account immediately by purchasing a Green Dot Visa card.
 “First and foremost, we want our members to know that no representative of the Cooperative will ever mention a specific credit card or payment method, and our employees will only communicate about potential termination of electric service with members through a mailed notification, not through a phone call asking the member to pay for their service by credit card or other means,” SVEC President & CEO Myron Rummel said. 
 Rummel suggested that if members have any questions about their account, they can call their local office for more information. 

FARM FAMILIES will always need FARMLAND!
yet in Virginia we lose over 100,000 acres of farmland annually, and another 17,000 acres of forestland. This tidbit of information caught my attention when I attended a very enlightening presentation on June 18 at the Farm Credit building on Valley Ave. A Land Conservation Education event was hosted by the Frederick and Shenandoah Conservation Easement Authorities, featuring speakers from the Conservation Partners, LLC. The focus of the event was to raise awareness of the options available for protecting land for future generations.
If you would like to find our more about preserving your farm or land and its associated benefits there are several agencies that can help provide the answers to your questions. Although we do not endorse any one agency or company a good place to start your quest for information is on the website of the company listed above. Click on the name to be taken to their website.

If every household in the Northern Shenandoah Valley spent just $10 a week on local foods, the area's economy would benefit by more than $171 million per year. That was the finding of a recent study by the Virginia Cooperative Extension.


Something on your mind?
If there is anything you are concerned about or you just want to let me know of something taking place in your community that I should be aware of, please let me know. I can be reached via email or by phone at 540 247 4147.

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The County Finance Department has posted Financial forms that give some very good detail on our fiscal standing and other interesting news. You can find them here.

Financial Statements

2014 Budget