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Bill would mandate referendum on Albemarle court relocation
The Daily Progress Monday, January 29, 2018 at 10 p.m.

Del. Rob Bell, R-Albemarle, has filed a bill that would prohibit Albemarle County from moving its courts complex out of the city of Charlottesville without a referendum of county voters.

In July, a subsection was added to the state code stating that the removal of a county courthouse that is not located in a city or town, and is not being relocated to a city or town, does not require a petition or referendum.

Albemarle’s county attorney, Greg Kamptner, said in May that the Albemarle Circuit Court is on county land that was not annexed by or “put within the limits of” the city, and this new law might allow the county to move the courthouse without a public vote.

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