An easy way to learn about and engage with Albemarle County - Engage Albemarle. Here's an interesting topic: The Comprehensive Plan is Albemarle County's most important document regarding growth, development and change. It establishes government policy to help guide public and private activities as they relate to land use and resource utilization. What general thoughts would you like to share about the Comprehensive Plan as it is being reviewed by the Board of Supervisors this summer and fall? Better to express your opinion now in the … [Read more...] about Engaging with Albemarle County
I can't argue with any of this. I'd say that there has to be a balance between new homes paying their way and existing homes paying their way. â€œI think the presumption of the policy is that the county needs an additional means of collecting dollars to pay for capital improvements, which presumes that the existing tools that you have are not adequate,â€ said Frank Stoner of Milestone Partners. Stoner was among those who suggested that an increase in real estate property taxes would be a fairer way to raise funds. Last month, Albemarle … [Read more...] about Changing the Proffer System in Albemarle County
So says the Daily Progress. One decades-old question was answered with a resounding no. "A bypass is not something we would consider," Norfolk-based consultant Philip A. Shucet, the head of the advisory panel and former commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation, told the board. Nearly two years after officials awarded a contract for the bypass, and after $54 million was spent on the project, the planned 6.2-mile road has become a footnote. The transportation board, a 17-member panel of gubernatorial appointees that … [Read more...] about The Western Bypass is Apparently Dead. So What’s Next?
Assessments are up. So might be the mil rate. From the Daily Progress: Recommended budget value: $349.3 million Increase over current year: 8.3 percent ($26.8 million) Proposed real estate tax rate: 80.8 cents/$100 assessed value Current rate: 76.6 cents/$100 assessed value Impact: The annual tax bill on a property assessed at $300,000 would increase from $2,298 to $2,424 at the proposed rate. Proposed raises: 2 percent for county staff So - the tax rate cannot go higher than 80.8 cents/$100 assessed value. And it could stay at 76.6 … [Read more...] about Albemarle County May Increase the Property Tax Rate
It costs nearly $12,000 per year to educate a kid in Albemarle County Schools. This year, the County Schools are facing a proposed funding gap of nearly $7 million and the cry from many parents, administrators and citizens has been to â€œfully fund the schools. (including emails from the schools' email distribution newsgroups).â€ Rather than repeat myself, this is a story I wrote three years ago and it's still relevant. Schools matter for housing values. Period. People move to the Charlottesville area all the time for the schools. Schools. … [Read more...] about How to Pay for Albemarle County Schools?
Update 19 February 2014 - Looks like the Western Bypass might be dead. Who knows if and when the Western Bypass will be built? Know this - lots of people will show up to comment on it. Again. A vote on the resolution could follow the hearing, set to begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the County Office Building's Lane Auditorium. That session is expected to stretch into the night and generate huge turnout, the latest turn in the enduring saga of the Western Bypass of U.S. 29. I asked years ago a question about the Meadowcreek (John Warner) … [Read more...] about Will the Western Bypass Ever be Built?
Police officers in the City of Charlottesville have doubled in the past two years the number of tickets they have issued to bicyclists, Charlottesville Tomorrow reports. First thoughts: - Good. As a bicycle advocate and rider, seeing cyclists cutting in and out of traffic, on and off sidewalks, blowing through red lights, etc. makes it harder for the law-abiding cyclists. - Really? The number of times I've watched a car badly blow through a red light while a police officer sits there watching the offense is itself almost criminal. - Bad. Points … [Read more...] about Charlottesville City Police Ticketing Bicyclists