FY2012 proposed budget released – County Administrator Robert C. Middaugh’s budget is better described by what is not included rather than what is included: no changes in tax rates or fees, no overall pay increase for County employees, no increase in staff and no real property reassessment. It focuses on a reallocation of internal resources and the maintenance of existing programs and community facilities, regional partnerships, debt service and the Williamsburg-James City County Schools.
The Board of Supervisors will hold a series of budget meetings in April. The complete schedule can be found online. The proposed budget is on the County website and is available at the Williamsburg and James City County libraries.
Redistricting news – On March 22, the Board of Supervisors appointed a Citizen Redistricting Committee to assist in the redistricting process.
The committee will report its findings to the Board of Supervisors and receive any additional assignments on April 12.
More information about the Committee or the redistricting process can be found online or by calling the County Attorney’s office at 757-253-6612.
Have a GPS unit in your car? – There is an increase in theft from cars parked overnight in front of County homes. These crimes typically involve the removal of small but valuable items such as purses, laptops, iPods and GPS units.
If you must leave valuables in your car, keep them in the trunk so they are out of sight. Always lock your vehicle, especially if it contains an automatic garage door opener which gives a thief access to your home. If you see suspicious activity, call 911. For more information, call the Community Services Unit at
Plant More Plants! – Did you know that planting more plants in your yard can help mitigate stormwater runoff and erosion and ultimately help improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay?
By planting native trees, shrubs and perennials, you can reduce the amount of chemicals and fertilizer used by lawns that are often washed into our streams by spring rain showers. Check out the Plant More Plants website and videos for more information.
Restoring the shoreline - Jamestown Beach Park is closed through mid-May for shoreline restoration work. The County received a $100,000 Living Shoreline grant from The Chesapeake Bay Trust to help stabilize and restore 400 feet of beachfront.
Over the years, this popular shoreline segment has been adversely impacted by waves and major storm events that have resulted in the loss of usable beachfront. Project details can be found online or by calling 757-259-5413.
Get ready to make summer plans - The Parks and Recreation Summer 2011 Activity Brochure will be released April 13. The brochure will highlight classes, events and activities through September.
Look for the brochure online or while supplies last, pick up a copy at the Community Centers, the Satellite Services Office in Toano or at the libraries. The brochures will also be distributed to youth in grades K-8 through the Williamsburg-James City County Schools.
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