Assessment information – The Real Estate Assessment Division recently completed assessments of all real property in the County. Assessments are based on the fair market value of the property as of Jan. 1, 2012 and are effective through June 30, 2014. The majority of County properties saw a reduction in value. About 22,000 change-in-assessment notices were mailed Feb. 29. Review and appeal information is available online or by calling 757-253-6650.
The County offers a tax relief for elderly and disabled citizens and a land use assessment program which provides for tax deferrals for qualifying forested and agricultural land. Reduced real estate taxation is also available to properties with conservation and preservation easements. For more information, contact the Commissioner of the Revenue, 757-253-6695.
No such thing as a "tornado season" – In 2011, 51 tornadoes struck Virginia killing 10, injuring more than 100 and destroying 212 homes and 17 businesses. Tornadoes can strike anywhere, at anytime and you need to know what to do. The best way to be ready is to practice a drill in your home, workplace and school.
Plan now to be part of the 2012 Statewide Tornado Drill on March 20 at 9:45 a.m. For more information on how to conduct a drill and to register, visit the website.
Mid County Park Update – Several renovation and construction projects are underway at Mid County Park, all part of the Master Plan to refocus park activities from less team sports to more community recreation and to address aging equipment, safety and parking.
A new large open space for family activities such as picnics, kite-flying and ball play opportunities, a new playground and Park Office with larger restroom facilities and vending areas are included in the plans.
Water volunteers needed – Promote healthy waterways in our community by conducting field surveys in area streams. Look for environmentally sensitive insects and provide the data to the County’s Stormwater Division staff. Volunteers choose from a list of available sites and complete a sample two to three times per year.
A free training session will be held March 3 from 9 a.m.-noon. All training and equipment is provided. Pre-registration is required by phone, 757-259-1446 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for nominations – Do you know an individual, group or organization that has made a significant contribution to the preservation of historic resources in James City County? The James City County Historical Commission is seeking nominations for the 2012 Historic Preservation Awards.
Anyone active in identifying, documenting, preserving or disseminating educational information about the County’s historic buildings, archaeological sites or other historic resources is eligible. Forms and return instructions are available online or by calling 757-253-6685. Nomination forms are due March 19.
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