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May 21, 2016
Just about a month after adopting a new budget, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has begun the process of amending its strategic plan to inform the next funding cycle. “Ultimately, we are hoping to get to a strategic plan document that focuses on what you want to do for ...
April 04, 2016
As students at Greer Elementary attend programs convened in hallways and Albemarle High School prepares to install an eight-classroom mobile unit to alleviate overcrowding, county and schools officials are scrambling to find money for permanent fixes. Albemarle supervisors voted recently to borrow $1 million to begin design work of an ...
March 14, 2016
An organization that offers services and programs to the aging community has asked the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors to find room in future budgets to help pay for construction of a new facility. “The aging of our population is the No. 1 demographic issue our country and our commonwealth ...
March 09, 2016
The Albemarle Board of Supervisors will advertise a 2½-cent increase in the county’s property tax rate for the 2016 calendar year, affirming the amount recommended by county executive Tom Foley. If adopted by the board after an April 12 public hearing, the tax rate would be 84.4 ...
March 04, 2016
The Albemarle Board of Supervisors is moving closer to holding a bond referendum in November to pay for capital projects that are currently unfunded, but will not choose which ones would go before voters until after the capital budget is adopted in April. “Before you go out on a referendum ...
February 26, 2016
Albemarle County supervisors have begun the process of reviewing the proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1, but it will be a few of weeks before they set their proposed real estate tax rate. The final tax rate will depend upon whether they want to add ...
February 11, 2016
Albemarle officials are developing an action plan to quickly identify, fund and build infrastructure in an area around the intersection of Rio Road and U.S. 29. “There seems to be frustration that stuff isn’t getting done,” said County Executive Tom Foley. “I want to find out what this ...
February 02, 2016
Officials with Charlottesville Area Transit are planning for a new route to serve the Wegmans at 5th Street Station when it opens this fall, but no decision has been made about whether it will travel farther south in Albemarle County. “We’re surveying residents in the Mill Creek area to ...
January 07, 2016
A study of potential pedestrian crossings on U.S. 250 on Pantops and U.S. 29 north of Charlottesville will be delayed until the new Albemarle Board of Supervisors can set priorities for infrastructure to make the county more walkable. The decision to not proceed with the study was made ...
September 25, 2015
As Albemarle officials prepare to enter another budget cycle, five members of the Board of Supervisors spent Friday brainstorming how to ensure the county is ready for its urban future. “Today what we want to do is come together with a common mind about what we care about,” Tyler St ...
September 24, 2015
The Albemarle Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Wednesday to adjust the county’s growth area boundary to include just over 51 acres of new land. That is well short of the acreage preferred by the landowner, according to the county’s economic development director. “While I am grateful that we ...
September 10, 2015
A majority of the Albemarle Board of Supervisors indicated Wednesday they will support adjusting the county’s growth area boundary to add more industrial land, but deferred a vote because they want to see an option for less land than had been recommended by staff. In May, supervisors directed staff ...
September 09, 2015
According to local government forecasts, Albemarle County Public Schools is once again facing a daunting financial challenge. During a joint meeting Wednesday with the Albemarle Board of Supervisors, Schools officials said the division is anticipating a $6.4 million funding gap to start fiscal year 2017. What’s more, the ...
August 05, 2015
Albemarle County’s early childhood education forecast just became a little brighter. On Wednesday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously endorsed a plan drafted by the Charlottesville-Albemarle Early Education Task Force aimed at serving between 250 and 350 of the area’s most at-risk 4-year-olds who currently receive no preschool. The ...
July 12, 2015
The formula Albemarle County uses to allocate new revenue between local government and the school division was the subject of a staff presentation at a recent School Board meeting. At the heart of the conversation — held in preparation of a joint School Board and Board of Supervisors meeting to occur ...
July 04, 2015
As construction work begins to pick up on three separate — but related — projects on U.S. 29, the city of Charlottesville is reviewing and possibly altering plans for a fourth. Last summer, the Commonwealth Transportation Board fully funded a $30.5 million project to extend Hillsdale Drive from Greenbrier Drive ...
April 23, 2015
The demand for access to high-quality preschool for the area’s most-at-risk 3- and 4-year-olds is outpacing the supply that Charlottesville and Albemarle County public schools can provide. Currently, about 250 4-year-olds in the city and county need pre-K education, the United Way – Thomas Jefferson Area estimates. To discuss that ...
April 08, 2015
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday will enter a scheduled public hearing on the county’s property tax rate still uncertain of the rate it will support. “I am feeling uncomfortable making a decision on the tax rate until we have a second public hearing,” Supervisor Diantha McKeel ...
March 17, 2015
Four of Albemarle County’s elected officials heard mixed feedback late Monday about the proposed $370.6 million budget for fiscal year 2016. The town hall at Murray Elementary School — hosted by Supervisors Diantha McKeel and Liz Palmer and School Board members Kate Acuff and Eric Strucko — was the first ...
March 13, 2015
The Albemarle Board of Supervisors wants more public input before making key spending decisions that will affect the ultimate real estate tax rate on which next year’s operating and capital adopted budget will be based. The board voted 4-2 late Wednesday to advertise an 82.4-cent tax rate, but ...
January 17, 2015
In one of its last actions of 2014, the Albemarle Board of Supervisors temporarily halted the work of a volunteer group that advises the board on development and infrastructure projects in the county’s northern urban area. “The Places29 Citizen Advisory Council seems to struggle quite a bit and I ...
December 29, 2014
People hoping to watch meetings of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors from somewhere other than Lane Auditorium in 2015 are out of luck. Supervisors split 3-3 in a Dec. 10 vote to move forward with a plan to video stream their proceedings as well as School Board meetings. Proponents ...
December 11, 2014
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and the county School Board on Wednesday recommended that County Executive Tom Foley and schools Superintendent Pam Moran plan their respective budgets with raises for county employees. County officials have said that hiking pay for county employees could be one of the factors that ...
December 04, 2014
Many departments within Albemarle County have become understaffed and underfunded, county officials said during a work session Wednesday. The conversation was the third the Board of Supervisors has held on the five-year financial plan, which is scheduled to be adopted next week. “What you’re hearing is that the county ...
November 13, 2014
Public schools in Albemarle County could face a funding gap as high as $4.4 million next year officials said Wednesday during a joint meeting of the Albemarle Board of Supervisors and School Board. “The significance of the financial situation is that both local government and the school division will ...
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