BOTETOURT - Terry Austin, Buchanan District supervisor, was elected new chairman of the Botetourt Board of Supervisors during the board's January 26 organizational meeting.
was elected after he
was nominated by new Fincastle District Supervisor Donna Vaughn, who took over for Don Meredith after he
passed away after a long illness earlier this year.
After the unanimous vote, Austin
told the audience of 30 county officials and citizens that the upcoming year would be difficult.
noted a shortfall of local and state revenue and a reassessment that did not significantly increase land values as reasons for what he
expects will be severe belt-tightening.
"Things are going to change," he
, Clinton and Vaughn voted for Clinton.
Austin and Assaid disagreed once again over appointees to the Planning Commission after Vaughn nominated John Griffin, the current Fincastle District Planning Commission member, to serve another four-year term.
In November, Assaid attempted to replace Valley District planner Bill Hughes, but that resulted in a tie vote with Austin
and Clinton opposed and Meredith absent to break the tie.
, along with Clinton, argued that the knowledge gained from having long-serving members on the Planning Commission
outweighs any issues with their professions.
In other committee appointments, Austin
and Clinton, both of whom have served on the county's General Fund Budget Committee for many years, continued in those roles.
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