The end of the month is in sight! This week is quieter than we can expect in the near future, as more appointed bodies are expected to begin operating online over the month of May. Virginia localities are still easing forward with governance in a virtual age, and we have a watchful eye to make sure you know what is happening.
Monday, April 27, 2020
The Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority will hold a virtual meeting at 6:00 p.m. The Board of Directors will receive updates on the moratorium on evictions and Covid-19 policy, will approve an operating budget, and will write off over $20,800 in unpaid tenant debts. The CRHA Board did not meet in March, but the most recent redevelopment report is available in this packet. One piece of news is that the CRHA was able to submit a site plan for the second phase of the South First Street redevelopment. You can access this meeting via Zoom. (agenda)
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Charlottesville City Council will hold a virtual work session from 3 to 6 p.m. but there is little on the agenda except for this statement:
“City Council will receive information from City of Charlottesville leaders, including department directors, on City operations during the Coronavirus / Covid-19 Declaration of Emergency issued on March 12, 2020.”
Members of the comment are invited to make comments but have to register in advance. The city’s calendar does not currently include a specific work session to make remarks and suggestions about the revised FY20 and FY21 budgets but comments can also be made at the May 4 City Council meeting. On April 20, Council was presented with the need to cut $3 million from the current fiscal year’s budget and $5.7 million from next year. We’re still reviewing the information. (webinar sign-up)
To help with your preparations, here are some resources:
- April 20, 2020 budget presentation to City Council
- Revised FY20 and FY21 budget amendments
- Charlottesville budget website
Greene County Board of Supervisors will meet at 7:30 p.m. for another virtual meeting. They will hold public hearings on the proposed $64.5 million budget and the continued tax rate of 84 cents per $100 of assessed value. They will also vote on an amendment to the county’s policy on water usage rates for commercial and multifamily properties. The proposed change would allow the county administrator to make certain determinations about how charges for new calculations are corrected. (agenda)
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors will hold a work session on the revised operating and capital budgets for both the current and the next fiscal year. The economic downturn has resulted in a sharp decline in revenues that have already led to a hiring and spending freeze.
County Executive Jeffrey Richardson is recommending a process in which cuts are made now to cover the last three months of FY20 and the first six months of FY21, which begins on July 1. Further decisions about the rest of FY21 will be made in the fall when more is known about how the public health continues.
The work session begins at 10 a.m. Register here. There are no prepared materials, but here are some resources to help you be prepared:
- Revised budget FY21
- April 22, 2020 presentation on budget
- Video of April 22, 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting and budget presentation
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Charlottesville Communications Director Brian Wheeler will hold the latest Cville360 program at 11:00 a.m. (details)
Friday, May 1, 2020
May Day! There are no meetings scheduled. For this we are grateful.
Stay tuned. We’ll update this page as we can.
As always, thank you, and please reach out to me if you have any questions!
Field Representative – Albemarle, Charlottesville and Greene
The Piedmont Environmental Council