Direction One – Manage finances wisely and encourage a balanced economy

Sandy Wanner meets with citizens.
  • In planning for the FY 11-12 budget, citizens attended five town hall meetings held in each voting district. The County Administrator solicited and received feedback from citizens on potential revenue alternatives and expenditure reductions.

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  • The County received its first AAA rating, the highest rating a bond can get. High bond ratings result in lower borrowing costs on future loans. The County’s General Obligation Bond Rating was increased by Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings through a recalibration of public finance credit ratings.

  • Video - Biennial Reassessments
  • In an effort to control government spending and balance out the highs and lows of the real estate market, the Board of Supervisors changed the property reassessment from annual to biennial.

  • Owens-Illinois’ Toano plant
  • Owens-Illinois (O-I) North America invested an additional $20 million in their Toano plant. The investment funds additional machinery and tools to produce a diversified product mix of glass containers and new carton and packing capabilities. These improvements are in addition to the $20 million in improvements announced in 2008 and will add at least 20 new jobs to the 180-person staff and $10 million payroll.

  • Business Incubator PowerPoint presentation
  • The Economic Development Authority joined forces with the College of William and Mary to expand the Business Incubator to include businesses that are not technical in nature.

  • Williamsburg/James City County Public Schools logo
  • Custodial work and plumbing services in many County buildings were outsourced to Williamsburg/James City County Schools staff. Other services shared between the two organizations include video services and employee benefit administration.

  • Federal, State and local grants totaling over $5 million helped offset the County’s costs for public safety, housing assistance and more.
    • Marine Patrol
    • Two rigid hull inflatable boats and trailers were purchased through the Port Security Grant Program to help expand Police Marine Patrol and SWAT capabilities.

    • Toughbook computers
    • Eight computers were purchased for rescue workers to communicate with hospital staff prior to arrival through a State Homeland Security Program grant administered by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS).

    • Firefighters use extrication equipment.
    • New extrication equipment was purchased through a grant from VDH and OEMS. The equipment – often known as the “jaws of life” – cuts or pushes into vehicles to free patients who may be injured.

    • LEED logo
    • The County is developing a pilot program to create and retain jobs in energy conservation and help to reduce the community’s total energy use. Using State and Federal grants, the program will transform the energy efficiency and conservation performance of buildings in the community through education, a revolving loan program and a training program for local contractors.

    • Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program logo
    • The Office of Housing and Community Development provided financial assistance and counseling services to 31 individuals and families who were at risk of becoming or were currently homeless. Funding came from the Federal government’s Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program as a result of the County’s partnership with the Peninsula Mayors and Chairs Commission on Homelessness. Fifty-three additional households were assisted through the County’s Homeless Intervention Program funded by the State.

    • Surry Nuclear Power Plant
    • The County received funding from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to enhance emergency preparedness plans needed to respond to and recover from potential radiological incidences at the Surry Nuclear Power Plant.

    • A $1.4 million Community Development Block Grant was awarded to develop paved roads, improve drainage facilities, rehabilitate homes, preserve open space and re-subdivide property within the 68-acre area along Forest Heights Road, Neighbors Drive and Richmond Road. The Project was selected as one of 24 in Virginia to receive more than $12 million from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

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