By Bryan Rothamel, Field Officer
The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors passed the budget on a unanimous vote for the second time in three years.
The budget season was without much fanfare besides the long work session that set up the final budget. No residents even spoke at the public hearing. The advertised budget of $68.3 million passed without further discussion on April 15.
The real estate tax rate goes from $0.86 (equalized) to $0.899 per $100 assessed. The personal property rate goes from $4.15 to $4.35 per $100 assessed.
Before the board passed the budget and corresponding tax rates, it did vote to de-fund five previously approved capital improvement plans totaling $505,000. That will help offset some costs for this year’s capital improvement plan.
The bulk of the April 15 meeting was spent on a rezoning request from the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad. The LMVFRS has purchased land adjacent to its current property in hopes of expanding the original building.
The current property is zoned R-4 and the purchased property is A-1. The plan is for the expansion of the building to straddle the property line. In order to do so, the county advises for the property in total to have the same zoning.
LMVFRS, in requesting the rezoning, offered proffers to eliminate the R-4 by-right opportunities of single-family dwellings, single-family attached dwellings and townhomes. The applicant did not proffer out multifamily dwelling.
Len Bozza, representative of the applicant, said he wanted to leave that option of a small multifamily building as a way to attract future volunteers. He said the volunteer organization could offer reduced rent to people who run a high percentage of calls.
The planned expansion of the building will only take up half of the six acres of the property. With the remaining three acres, a rental building of less than 10 units could be constructed.
Leaving that option almost stopped the rezoning. O’Brien moved to pass the rezoning but it couldn’t get a second.
Two neighboring residents were concerned with what the proffers left out. It also concerned three supervisors who were failing to second the motion. Bozza offered to proffer out the multifamily units. The rezoning then passed 5-0.
Supervisors will advertise an ordinance to allow participation in the Virginia Association of Counties/Virginia Municipal League Virginia Investment Pool Trust Fund. To allow the county’s finance board to participate, the supervisors have to pass an ordinance, which requires a public hearing.
Participating in the investment pool will diversify the county’s investments and slight increase in revenue of county reserves. The net yield of the investment pool in February was 0.58%. The public hearing is scheduled for May 20.
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Photo Credits: Fluvanna County, Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire Department