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Opinion/Editorial: Avoiding Richmond's interference
Delegate Steve Landes, November 29, 2016
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Delegate Steve Landes
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Daily Progress Editorial Sunday, February 05, 2017 at 6 a.m.
The revenue-sharing agreement between Charlottesville and Albemarle County might be galling to some people — but state intervention to end it would have been downright appalling.
 
Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, proposed an amendment to the state budget that would allow the county to abandon its 35-year-old agreement with the city. Wiser reflection prevailed, and he withdrew the amendment late last week.
 
Critics would like to see the county retain the money that it annually pays to Charlottesville in exchange for Charlottesville’s original agreement not to annex county land. The payment is to compensate the city for revenue lost by forgoing annexation — revenue it otherwise would have gained by taking rich properties into the city limits.

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