Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go

Have you ever wondered how the county spends your tax dollars? Hear about the budget process and how you can have an impact.

Presenters:

  • Matt Harris, Deputy County Administrator for Finance and Administration
  • Meghan Coates, Budget and Management Director

About Matt Harris

Christopher "Matt" Harris has worked for Chesterfield County since 2008, currently serving as deputy county administrator for finance and administration. Prior to becoming deputy county administrator, Harris was budget and management director, overseeing the development and implementation of the county's annual operating budget and capital improvement program. 

He played a prominent role in the development of Blueprint Chesterfield, a public-engagement initiative that identifies community priorities. Harris holds a bachelor's degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a master's degree from the University of North Carolina.

Matt Harris portrait

About Meghan Coates

Meghan Coates has worked for Chesterfield County for 10 years, and currently serves as budget and management director. As department director, she is responsible for the oversight of the county’s $1.3 billion consolidated budget and five-year capital improvement plan. Additionally, she was instrumental in redesigning the budget process to make it more customer friendly, and was a key contributor to the county’s ongoing community outreach efforts through Blueprint Chesterfield. Coates holds a bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College, a master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a certificate in design thinking and innovation from the University of Virginia’s executive education program.

Meghan Coates portrait