James City County Board of Supervisors
From L to R: John J. McGlennon - Jamestown, James O. Icenhour, Jr. - Powhatan, Mary K. Jones - Berkeley, Chairman James G. Kennedy - Stonehouse and Bruce C. Goodson - Roberts
ames City County continued to weather financial challenges facing our community during Fiscal Year 2009 (FY09, July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009). Despite those challenges, the County focused on initiatives and planning that will benefit our community in the future.
In order to develop a budget that responded to an uncertain future, the Board of Supervisors opened its January budget retreat to economists from the College of William and Mary, local real estate and banking representatives and leadership from the Greater Williamsburg Area Chamber and Tourism Alliance (GWACTA). Through this in-depth analysis of community issues and economic forecasts, the open dialog during the retreat helped to focus the Board’s budget guidance to the County Administrator and staff. The result was a tightened budget that considered current trends while preparing for upcoming challenges. County staff absorbed additional workload due to the elimination of positions and worked diligently without a raise in pay to ensure minimal impact to citizen services and programs.
The County continued its commitment to long-range planning through several master planning initiatives: the Comprehensive Plan update, Shaping Our Shores, and the Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Citizen input was an integral part of all three master plans which will guide the future direction of growth, development and recreation opportunities.
As we move forward in Fiscal Year 2010 (FY10), green design and tourism will play an increasing role in the vitality of our community. Through the work of the Green Building Design Roundtable – a group of 26 representatives from the private sector, the County and the schools – the use of green building practices for public and private facilities will become the norm.
In FY09, we continued to work collaboratively with regional partners and attractions to encourage visitation in the Historic Triangle. Beyond traditional tourism marketing and summer visitation, the County supports special events being planned for New Town, the upcoming Busch Garden’s Christmas Town and the many tourism opportunities generated by GWACTA and the Williamsburg Area Destination Marketing Committee.
While we cannot be certain what FY10 will bring, the initial outlook may prove to be more challenging than FY09. The Board was able to retain the services of the County Administrator who postponed his retirement to help guide the County through this year. The County will remain committed to responsible planning, spending and services knowing that a variety of sacrifices will need to be made. Citizen involvement will be encouraged in the upcoming budget process.
James G. Kennedy
Chairman, Board of Supervisors