Government

A debate which has dogged the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors since early spring was finally put to rest at its meeting Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 7) when a majority of supervisors voted to retain land use in its current form.

The 3-2 vote (Supervisors Tony O’Brien and Mozell Booker dissenting) came after heated discussion in which O’Brien, the only supervisor without land in the program, pointed to what he saw as conflicts of interest among other supervisors and suggested some of them recuse themselves from the vote.
Land use, a program conceived in the 1970s, gives substantial tax breaks to landowners who keep their property rural through agricultural, forestal, or open space uses. But it comes at a price. During the most recent budget season, county staff said that the land use program had cost Fluvanna $2.7 million in uncollected revenue the preceding year.

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To the casual observer driving through Fluvanna’s historic yet shabby little river community of Columbia, it may not appear that much is being done to improve conditions there. Fluvanna County Administrator Steve Nichols says just the opposite is true; progress is being made – it just can’t see be seen yet

“We are just in the preliminary phases of the process,” Nichols said, referring to the county’s plans to use grant money from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to purchase blighted properties in the flood zone and tear them down. The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) has worked with the county to obtain the grant and is assisting with the administration of it. Add a comment

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Supervisors honor Rudy GarciaThe Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors clashed over the definition of good stewardship as it examined $29,000 in additional money for county staff pay Wednesday night (Aug. 17). Some supported stewarding funds by keeping an eye on dollars spent while others championed stewarding people by looking out for county workers.

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The Fluvanna County Rescue Squad (FCRS) took the first step toward giving ownership of their rescue squad building in Palmyra to the county on Aug. 4 with an overwhelming vote from their membership. Add a comment

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Dittmar and Garrett swap shots over Trump

The 5th District congressional race between Jane Dittmar, Democratic former Albemarle County supervisor, and Tom Garrett, Republican state senator, took a confrontational turn this week with a heated exchange of press releases. In one release, Dittmar’s campaign manager, Tom Vandever, referred to a particular inaction of Garrett’s as “cowardly and dishonorable.”

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