Budget update - County Administrator Robert C. Middaugh has released his proposed Fiscal Year 2013/2014 biennial budget.
The FY2013 budget is $165.6 million or 1.1 percent more than last year’s budget. The FY2014 plan increases to $167.9 million or a 1.4 percent increase. The budget fully funds the schools FY2013 local request and does not include a real estate tax increase in either FY2013 or FY2014.
Let us know what you think. Attend the community meeting with Middaugh on April 19, 6:30 p.m. at the James City/Williamsburg Community Center or the public hearing at the Board of Supervisors meeting on April 24, 7 p.m. Your comments can also be sent via email or mail, P.O. Box 8784, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8784.
For additional information on the proposed budget, including upcoming Board work sessions, visit the website.
Now open! – Three local businesses have recently celebrated grand openings and ribbon cuttings. The Williamsburg Pottery reopened April 5 following extensive reconstruction. It now features 160,000 square feet of shopping space; a new cafe, Au Bon Pain; and all of the products that make the Williamsburg Pottery special.
The new and expanded American Automobile Association (AAA) Williamsburg, 6517 Richmond Rd., opened March 29. AAA offers its members access to expert travel and financial services, insurance, discounts and more.
Also on March 29, Oinkers BBQ opened for business with a ribbon cutting at 8953 Pocahontas Trl. Oinkers is family-owned and operated and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
Grab your sneakers – The new Powhatan Creek Trail features a paved 2-mile, 8-foot wide multiuse trail for walking, riding and running. The Trail connects to nearby neighborhoods as well as the Greensprings Interpretive Trail, the historic site known as Church on the Main, Mainland Farm and the Virginia Capital Trail.
The trailhead and parking is available behind Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School, 3131 Ironbound Rd. The trail is open daily sunrise to sunset. For more information, call 757-259-5360 or visit the website.
Going to the Skate Park? – To enhance the safety of all patrons, anyone using the County’s Skate Park is required to wear a helmet during their entire stay inside the park.
The Skate Park is adjacent to the James City/Williamsburg Community Center. Access to the park requires a pass, which is free for James City County and Williamsburg residents and is available at the Community Center. Non-residents can either purchase a day pass for $5 or a seasonal pass for $35. For more information including hours and policies, visit the Park’s website.
Less can be more – Do you know what your lawn needs when shopping for fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides? For $30, Turf Love, a program offered through the County and Virginia Cooperative Extension, will send a trained Master Gardener volunteer to your home to measure your lawn and take soil samples. In return, you will receive a soil sample analysis, recommendations for fertilizing and a personalized Nutrient Management and Best Management Practices Plan for seasonal lawn care.
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