County receives national award – James City County has won two prestigious awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for its 2009 Comprehensive Plan - Historic Past, Sustainable Future. The first, the 2012 Achievement Award, recognizes an effective and innovative program; the second, the 2012 Best Rural Program Award (population 75,000 and under), singles out the County as one of 16 winners out of 592 national submissions.
For more information on the County 2009 Comprehensive Plan and its implementation schedule, visit the website.
Are you ready? – This is a perfect time to start, or add to, your emergency food stockpile. Anyone who has gone to a County grocery store the day before a tropical storm or hurricane knows that shelves are often cleaned out of bread, water and batteries.
Imagine if our neighbors living in Norfolk or Virginia Beach are evacuated and they decide to pull off of the Interstate to find shelter and supplies in James City County. While it would be a good day for local businesses, it would be a bad day for local residents who have waited to prepare.
Need ideas on what food to buy? Visit the website.
Grab your bike – The annual Park to Park tour is July 7 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. It begins at Chickahominy Riverfront Park with rides offered along the Virginia Capital Trail, Freedom Park, Little Creek Reservoir Park and Upper County Park. Choose from ride options of self-paced family, 15, 30 or 60 miles.
The registration fee is $5-$15/person (depending on ride option and registration date) and includes refreshments, admittance to the Chickahominy Riverfront Park pool, highlighted maps, lunch and more! Register before June 29 and save. Visit the website for more information.
Good news for boat owners – All County boat owners will see a decrease in their personal property taxes, beginning with the taxes billed for 2012.
The Board of Supervisors reduced the personal property tax rate for boats registered in the County. Boats or watercraft weighing five tons or more will be assessed at $1 per $100 of assessed value. Owners of boats weighing less than five tons will pay $3.50 per $100 of assessed value. Prior to the change, boat owners paid $4 per $100 of assessed value regardless of the weight.
Boat owners will begin to see the reductions in future tax bills and may be eligible for either a credit or tax refund for taxes already paid this year. Visit the website for more information.
And the winner is – On June 12 the Historical Commission presented Historical Preservation Awards to John Labanish and the Friends of Green Spring. The Awards are presented to entities that have made a significant contribution to furthering the Commission’s goals of preserving, protecting and promoting the historical heritage of the County.
Mr. Labanish is recognized for 20 years of service on the Historical Commission and his role in relocating and preserving the Norge Train Depot. The Friends of Green Spring is recognized for 15 years of educational efforts to increase awareness of the Historic Green Spring Plantation.
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