Government

VDOT to lower speed limit on Rt. 53

The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors learned Wednesday afternoon (May 4) that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) plans to lower the speed limit on a stretch of Rt. 53.

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Supervisors set tax rate at 91.7 cents

After months of budget negotiations, the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors decided Wednesday night (April 20) to set the real property tax rate at 91.7 cents per $100 valuation.

The new rate constitutes a 2 percent tax jump over the previous rate of 89.9 cents. The owner of a home valued at $200,000 will now pay $36 more in taxes a year.

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One resident comments at tax public hearing

Only one member of the public spoke at the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors’ Wednesday night (April 13) public hearing on the fiscal year 2017 (FY17) tax rates, capital improvements plan (CIP), and operating budget.

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Supervisors stake out budget positions

A unanimous fiscal year 2017 (FY17) budget vote seems unlikely, given that members of the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors staked out passionate yet opposite opinions on the tax rate Wednesday afternoon (April 6).

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Smith takes over as new economic development director

Jason Smith, Fluvanna’s current director of parks and recreation, will take over as director of community and economic development as current director Bobby Popowicz moves on to a new position in Dayton, Virginia.

“It’s a great fit,” said Smith, who will take over after Popowicz leaves on April 22 and has already begun training. “My position with parks and rec has offered me the opportunity to get out into the community and see how things operate, improve processes, and bring folks together. It all ties back into building relationships.”

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