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Supervisors raise taxes nearly 3 percent

Taxes in Fluvanna County are going up by almost 3 percent.

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The public’s right to know was a topic of spirited conversation at a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) training session on Thursday morning (April 6).

About 20 county workers gathered at the high school to learn from Maria Everett, executive director of the Virginia FOIA Council. Many of them are responsible for responding to freedom of information requests from Fluvanna residents.

Everett, who called herself “head FOIA geek,” led a lively interactive session that satisfied FOIA training requirements for her listeners and sparked some interesting discussion.

Throughout the session, Everett called on her listeners to see themselves not just as county workers but also as private citizens, such as parents investigating concerning information regarding their children’s schools. Having that perspective makes a difference when thinking about FOIA, she said.

County workers are a key face of government, Everett said. She joked that her listeners would go home and put on “jeans that ought to have been thrown away years ago and ratty t-shirts.” But, she said, “When you woke up this morning and donned the uniform, you became the government.”

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VPA AwardsThe Fluvanna Review won nine Virginia Press Association (VPA) awards for its news and cover design work in 2016. The announcement was made at the annual VPA banquet held Saturday (April 8) in Richmond.

Editor Christina Dimeo won six awards and Lisa C. Hurdle, advertising designer, won three awards.

“Christina and Lisa have done a fantastic job for the paper,” said Carlos Santos, publisher. “Christina took over as editor in August and has been excellent. The Fluvanna Review is a great community newspaper. They richly deserve these awards. I’m proud of them both.” Add a comment

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Carr, Washington will not seek re-election

Fluvanna County School Board members Carol Carr (Rivanna) and Camilla Washington (Columbia) announced they will not run for re-election.

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Supervisors pass budget, tax increase

The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors passed a fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget of $75.6 million at its meeting Wednesday night (April 12).

The real property tax rate is now set at 90.7 cents. The equalized tax rate was 88.2 cents.

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