Fluvanna Review

The Lake Monticello Owners’ Association (LMOA) has announced that the proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 will be adopted on Dec. 6.

The total expected revenue for 2013 is $5.7 million from dues, fees and amenity use fees. Expected non-capital expenditures are anticipated at $5.5 million. More than $1 million is budgeted for three key funds (roads, lake and general) that will be used for capital improvements to property and buildings, according to a press release from the LMOA.

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For the first time in recent memory the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a budget and tax rate.
Wednesday night (April 15) supervisors voted 5-0 to adopt a fiscal year 2016 (FY16) budget of $68.3 million with a corresponding real property tax rate of 89.9 cents per $100 valuation and a personal property tax rate of $4.35 per $100 valuation. These new rates constitute a 3.5-cent increase over the equalized real property tax rate of 86 cents and a 20-cent increase from the 2014 personal property tax rate of $4.15. The real estate taxes of the average Fluvanna homeowner will increase by $74 from $1,634 to $1,708.
“A 5-0 vote by a Board of our composition sends a powerful message that compromise was reached to address the needs and concerns of the county,” said Supervisor Tony O’Brien after the meeting. “This is a recognition that the county has some real needs, and it’s rare when you have all five supervisors saying, ‘This is the right thing for the county at this point in time.’ I think that speaks volumes as to the hard work and dedication of staff and of supervisors to find that compromise.”
Supervisor Bob Ullenbruch agreed. “I think this Board as a group of five worked very well together this year,” he said, “and I think we did the people’s work with a lot of compromise and a lot of thinking. I mean, a 5-0 vote doesn’t happen very often, and I think it’s a tribute to all five of us who took the time to work together.”
“What can I say?” said Chairperson Mozell Booker with a wide smile. “I have to give credit to the Board members for really trying to compromise. When we had our work sessions they made sure they brought people in to address their questions, and they didn’t take no for an answer. They looked for ways to make it work.”
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One of many trees at the Williams’ home.Five Lake Monticello families are ready to open their doors to share their holiday traditions during the 24th Annual Holiday House Tour, Saturday (Dec. 8).
Open this year are the West home, 30 Seminole Trail; the Seehaver home, 40A Marwood Drive; the Williams home, 9 Adrian Road; the Stenger home, 23 Whippoorwill Lane; and the LaRosa home, 6 Hawk’s Place.

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Maria Nini, grandson Luca and daughter Claudia Cracchiolo.Sal’s is located in Fork Union and in Scottsville and now at Lake Monticello so fans of the restaurant don’t have to go far for their terrific Italian fare.

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Mozell Booker and Bob Ullenbruch at a Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors meeting. Photo by Tricia JohnsonMozell Booker, chair of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors, confirmed to the Fluvanna Review this morning (April 20) that she will run for re-election in her Fork Union district this November.
Current Palmyra Supervisor Bob Ullenbruch confirmed that he is not running for re-election so the running field is wide open.
“My main reason is preparation for the future,” Booker said of her re-election plans.  “I got on the Board eight years ago to prepare for infrastructure, and I think we are at the point now where it is pretty evident we are going in that direction.
“In order to finance our core services for our community we must get some economic development up there at Zion Crossroads,” she continued.“And not only there – we need to have a plan for water in all of the growth areas.  Once we can see that we’re on our way with water from the James River, and when we decide on the Department of Corrections, whether we’re going to do water or just do sewer, then we need to start planning for how we’re going to get that water from Columbia up Rt. 6 to Dixie so that we can start moving the water into other areas.  We need to have a plan, and we are working on one.”
Ultimately Booker wants to lower taxes for Fluvanna homeowners.  “I can’t promise that because before we get there [with businesses shouldering more of the burden] we may have to go up a little bit.  But that is the long-term objective, to try to get a sustained tax rate for people so we aren’t jerking them around every time we turn around.”
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