08 July 2014
Wednesday afternoon (July 2) the Board of Supervisors approved by a vote of 4-1 a resolution supporting the disestablishment of the town of Columbia with Supervisor Bob Ullenbruch dissenting.
This agreement between the town and the county, said town attorney Jessica Phillips, is the first step toward dissolving the town. Essentially the agreement lays out the terms on which the county would receive the town back – assuming, of course, that all the steps are properly followed.
In an email to the Fluvanna Review, Columbia Mayor John Hammond outlined the main reasons he and the town council are seeking to disincorporate the town. “Given our small population and limited resources we no longer believe that it makes sense to be an incorporated town,” he wrote. “We don’t have the ability to provide municipal services and rely heavily on the county for assistance. We’re facing a small [and] dwindling tax base, a limited budget and a lack of human resources to fill necessary roles typically needed for town government.”
But not everyone agrees that dissolving the town is the best move for Columbia. During the meeting two Columbia property owners spoke out against the idea.
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