Bribing the City of Charlottesville clearly made sense when the agreement was made; it’s time to revisit the debate.
The agreement ended Charlottesville’s annexation of County land and was approved by County voters in a referendum on May 18, 1982.Â Soon after it went into effect, the General Assembly placed a moratorium on further annexations in Virginia. Charlottesville will receive $13.6 million in revenue sharing funds from the County in FY2009.
Slutzky encouraged his fellow Supervisors to stop discussing the legalities until a closed session could be held,Â but made the observation that revenue sharing means the County has an effective tax rate (this year) of 58 cents per $100 of assessed property. According to the formula that calculates the payment, ten cents per $100 goes to the County.
An agreement made a generation ago surely warrants revisiting once in a while, if only to reaffirm its efficacy.
We share many things now – merging would hopefully simplify the political process and remove some of the divisiveness that currently exists. I’ve long thought that the two localities should merge … why not?
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