Fluvanna Review

Maria Carter won first place in the oil/acrylic category for Field of Flowers Photo by Page H. GiffordTrilbie Knap, a watercolorist from Charlottesville was the judge for the Fluvanna Art Association’s annual juried show. The show, currently at the Fluvanna County Library through December, features some striking works by members.

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This FlucoFinder column’s goal is to share with the community, information about the schools. Here you will find news of events and activities of public interest, with details and contact information. The FlucoFinder logo was designed by Brendan Murray, a 2013 Fluvanna County High School graduate.
Fluvanna High School
• Ongoing: Mr. David Small’s TV production group will be producing and taping sporting events at School Board meetings for viewing on Charlottesville public access channel 14 and on Lake Monticello’s channel 977.

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Fork Union Depot. Photo by Sally Browning.In the early 1900s, a bit of sophistication came to Fluvanna County. The glamorous-sounding Virginia Airline Railway, headed by a hype man called “Captain,” connected the county to such exotic places as Chicago, New York and Charlottesville. Add a comment

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Illustration by Lynn Stayton-EurellIn 2014 Fluvanna County’s real estate tax rate climbed to second-highest in the area. This dubious fact has caused no small amount of consternation among Fluvanna residents who decry having a tax rate second only to Charlottesville’s.

But the tax rate is only one piece of the puzzle. The other piece is property values. After all, real estate tax is calculated by multiplying the tax rate by the value of a piece of property. So how does a Fluvanna resident’s overall real estate tax burden compare to those of people in surrounding counties?

Tax rates
Fluvanna, eight surrounding counties, and the City of Charlottesville are all finishing up budget season. Local governments are adopting budgets for fiscal year 2016 plus corresponding tax rates. Those tax rates become effective for calendar year 2015, said Fluvanna County Finance Director Eric Dahl. So the latest year for which concrete figures are available is calendar year 2014.

The 2014 real estate tax rates per $100 valuation in the surrounding areas were:
• Charlottesville: 95 cents
• Fluvanna: 88 cents
• Orange: 80.4 cents
• Albemarle: 79.9 cents
• Cumberland: 74 cents
• Greene: 72 cents
• Nelson: 72 cents
• Louisa: 68 cents
• Goochland: 53 cents
• Buckingham: 50 cents

Many Fluvanna residents worry that these statistics damage growth by placing Fluvanna County in an unfavorable light when compared to its neighbors.

Property values
Of course there are many reasons why Fluvannians choose to live in this county, such as family history, natural beauty, and location. Another reason is affordability. A house in Fluvanna goes for a fraction of what it would cost in Albemarle, for example.

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Debra Lucado, Renny Megahan, Jeff Craig and Joe Chesser cut the ribbon. Photo by Page H. Gifford Attracting shoppers locally and supporting the newly stocked Fluvanna Ace Hardware (formerly Do It Best) was Joe Chesser’s message to the group of well-wishers gathered at Friday’s (Sept. 12) ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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