Highland County 2022-2023 Budget Adopted


On April 28 the Highland County Board of Supervisors adopted the 2022-2023 county budget.  The public hearing on all parts of the county budget were held the previous week, on April 21.

The 2022-2023 General Fund county budget is $11,212,722.00.  There are no changes to tax rates.  Per $100 of assessed value, the real estate tax rate is .48, personal property is $2.75, machinery and tools is $1.00 and merchants capital is $1.00.

The Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Budget was adopted.  It is $342,900.00.  There are no changes in the solid waste Enterprise Fees.  The annual fees are $150 for residential, $75 for low density business, $150 for low-medium density business, $225 for medium density business and $300 for high density business.

The Emergency Medical Services Fund budget was also adopted.  It is $451,822.00.  There are no changes to the EMS fee, it remains at $180 annually.

In other business, the Board adopted an agreement between the county and the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission.  The Planning District Commission is acting as the administrator for the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative Grant that was received by the Bath-Highland Network Authority.   The Planning District Commission will manage the grant, act as the fiscal agent and disperse funds along with other responsibilities.  The county will assist in educating the public about the project and the services available.  Highland County will contribute a local match to the project with funding from the American Rescue Plan Fund Act.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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