Budget update – The FY2014 proposed budget follows the themes and priorities of the FY2014 fiscal plan adopted a year ago by the Board of Supervisors. It does not include increases to tax rates, fees, debt or a reassessment of real property.
Citizens are encouraged to provide comments on the proposed budget. The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing during their April 9 regular meeting. Comments may also be sent via email or by mail to James City County Administration-Budget, P.O. Box 8784, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8784.
Budget work sessions are scheduled for April 9, 17 and 23 (if needed) at 4 p.m. The budget is expected to be adopted on April 23.
Safe water – James City Service Authority's 2012 annual water quality reports are now available online. These reports contain important information about the source and quality of our drinking water. There are seven reports total that include our Central Water System and six independent water systems of Glenwood Acres, King's Village, Racefield, The Retreat, Wexford Hills and Riverview Plantation and Ware Creek Manor.
Electronic delivery will result in a cost savings of approximately $8,500 as an alternative to a mass mailing. If customers prefer a paper copy, contact the JCSA via email or call 757-253-6859.
National award – The County has received a Sunny Award from the Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency. The award, which honors the most transparent government websites in the nation, went to 250 government entities.
For the 2013 awards, editors at Sunshine Review analyzed more than 1,000 qualifying government websites and graded each on a 10-point transparency checklist. Editors looked at content available on government websites against what should be provided. They sought information on items such as budgets, meetings, lobbying, financial audits, contracts, academic performance, public records and taxes.
Summer planning – The County's REC Connect summer camp program is accepting applications for children ages 5-14 (must have completed kindergarten). REC Connect is held Monday-Friday, June 17-Aug. 23 from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. at Clara Byrd Baker, J. Blaine Blayton, Matoaka, Rawls Byrd and Stonehouse. Middle school students meet at Berkeley.
REC Connect features educational opportunities, community partnerships, exciting field trips and a variety of fun recreational activities. For more information, visit the website or call 757-259-3170.
Old paint and printers – The Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority's (VPPSA) free household chemical and computer and electronics collection is scheduled for April 13 at Lafayette High School, 4460 Longhill Rd., from 8 a.m.-noon. The event is open to all residents of the County, Williamsburg, York County, Hampton and Poquoson. Proof of residency may be required.
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