Charlottesville Tomorrow created questionnaires for local candidates in Central Virginia based on issues readers said they care about.
The following is from Bill Hyson, a write in candidate who is running for town council in the Scottsville, in Fluvanna and Albemarle counties. See all the candidates and information about voting in the 2022 Voter Guide.
What are three of the most pressing issues facing your community right now? How will you address them if reelected to Orange Town Council?
I think the three most pressing issues in Scottsville are:
- Analysing both the known impacts and unintended consequences of the proposed large apartment development, which could be located at the end of a small quiet neighbourhood street
- Developing a workable maintenance plan and overseeing the maintenance of the parks, streets, and buildings in the town
- Reviewing, advising, and providing oversight of our small-town budget
I am currently on a very active government service committee that is discussing and making recommendations on each of these important issues.
How do you plan on bolstering your local economy?
The town has an Economic Development Committee that works with the Chamber of Commerce to promote business growth.
Do you support banning guns on town property?
The state prohibits carrying firearms in public areas. Local government must adhere to such state policies, which I support.
Are there capital projects that need to be completed in your jurisdiction? If so, how do you propose completing those?
Most capital projects have been completed or begun. Currently there are some much needed renovations being done at Canal Basin Square, a historic park and tourist attraction.
Do you support raising or lowering tax rates in your jurisdiction? If so, why, which taxes and to what extent?
I do not support a separate town property tax, but would consider an increase in lodging or meals taxes. I prefer the town first cut unnecessary expenditures to maintain a balanced budget.
Do you support your jurisdiction taking measures to reduce carbon emissions? If so, what measures do you support? If not, why?
I support reducing carbon emissions and hope the town will continue looking into the possibility of installing solar panels on the public buildings.
Here’s what you need to know to make informed choices about who represents you.
While we can’t cover every story that’s important to you, we do our best to be responsive to your needs. We use tips from readers to choose which stories to cover, to incorporate information into broader reports or to help us decide how to grow Charlottesville Tomorrow. Here’s where you can tell us what you think we should be covering.
More about the 2022 Elections
Why? Politicians and political scientists say it’s about local party politics and money.
Statement from Dan Gristko, who is running for town council in Scottsville, in Albemarle and Fluvanna counties.
Elliott Fox, who is running for town council in the Town of Orange, Orange County, says the water tower and the workforce are key issues.
More local News
Charlottesville Tomorrow reporter Erin O’Hare joined The Journalism Salute podcast to talk about reporting for and being part of a community — and why a public bathroom isn’t always just a bathroom.
Every parcel will have higher allowable density under this proposal. Some areas, especially those near downtown and UVA will have much higher density.
A new City Council member will be chosen mostly behind closed doors, but here’s what the candidates told us about their positions
The shortlist of six candidates gave their views on housing density, tax revenue and hiring.
Charlottesville is about to become just the third school division in Virginia to allow its union to collective bargain
“I think the fact that it was sticky and complicated and difficult makes it even sweeter. We had to work really hard for it and it feels really good,” said Jessica Taylor, president of the Charlottesville Education Association.
Substitute crossing guard Adrienne Dent writes that drivers too often go too fast and that it’s time the city takes further action to slow them down.