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Statewide tax amnesty period underway


Delinquent individual and business taxpayers in Virginia can pay back taxes with no penalties and half the interest from now through Nov. 14, as part of the 2017 Virginia Tax Amnesty Program, which began Sept. 13.

Approved by the 2017 General Assembly, the program assumes collection of $89.5 million for the general fund to support education, health, and public safety, as well as to provide a cash reserve.
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Full speed ahead


Henrico County officials, including Board of Supervisors Chairman and Varina District member Tyrone Nelson, gathered May 14 at Dorey Park to cut the ribbon dedicating a new connector trail between the park and the Virginia Capital Trail. The dedication was part of Henrico In Motion, a six-hour event that also featured cycling demonstrations and events, Civil War living history exhibits, vendors, performances by Richmond Ballet's Minds In Motion youth performers and others.

The connector trail cost $130,000 – 80 percent of which was funded through a federal transportation grant. The county also erected a trailhead monument on the connector, above the lake at Dorey Park, featuring designs created by Henrico County Public Schools students.
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Henrico, state brace for possible influx of Zika virus cases


With 15 cases already reported statewide – including three in Central Virginia – officials from Henrico County and Virginia are anticipating a potential uptick of Zika virus infections heading into the summer months.

Although states like Florida and Louisiana are at the most risk because of climatic factors, all states on the southeastern seaboard face potential Zika outbreaks in the coming months. Virginia’s mosquito season is May 1-Oct. 31, and the two known vectors of Zika – Aedes aegypti (Yellow Fever mosquito) and the Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito) – both are present in Virginia.
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Lost in time

Proponents of Henrico history center urge its inclusion on bond referendum
On the site that one day will tell the history of Henrico County under a single roof, a small wooden hut serves as an unofficial welcome center for guests.

“And over there is the restroom,” says Henry Nelson, chuckling as he points to a single portable toilet across the parking lot.

Nelson, clad in a signature black cowboy hat and black leather jacket, surveys the landscape on an overcast morning here, at Four Mile Creek Park in Varina, with eyes that can see into the future, thanks to a vision of the past.

For 40 years, Nelson has led the push for Henrico County to fund and build a history center – a facility that would recount the county’s 405-year story to citizens and tourists alike.
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Railroad improvements to close sections of Charles City, Miller roads May 24-25

Work to improve the CSX railroad in eastern Henrico County will close a portion of Charles City Road on Tuesday, May 24 and a stretch of Miller Road on Wednesday, May 25.

CSX Transportation expects each closure, which will include the railroad crossing, to last from about 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On May 24, motorists on Charles City will be detoured around the work zone by way of Monahan Road, Darbytown Road and South Laburnum Avenue.
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Henrico bond referendum likely to exceed $400 million

MAY 18, 5:12 P.M. – Henrico voters could cast their ballots this November on a proposed bond referendum that totals more than $400 million, the Citizen has learned.

In addition to the $272.6 million in school projects previously proposed by County Manager John Vithoulkas for the referendum, Vithoulkas will propose adding at least 12 more projects totaling at least $128 million.

Among the other projects are:

• seven Recreation and Parks projects (including funding for the construction of Greenwood Park in Glen Allen and Taylor Park in Sandston);

• two new fire stations;
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Henrico to offer rabies vaccinations for pets


The Henrico County Police Division will provide rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 21 at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Pet owners must register and pay at the cashier’s office in the Administration Building before seeing a veterinarian on the first level of the adjacent parking deck. Each vaccine costs $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included. Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers.
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Citizens can invest in Henrico municipal bonds

Orders will be accepted May 16-17 for $125 million in water and sewer bonds

For the first time, Henrico County is structuring a sale of municipal bonds to give residents a greater opportunity to participate as investors.

Henrico plans to issue $125 million in water and sewer revenue bonds May 16-17 to support improvements to its public utility system. Bonds will be valued at $5,000 apiece. Local government bonds typically are sold in bundles to large customers, including financial institutions, mutual funds and insurance companies.
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Help for those who need it most

Greater Richmond SCAN opens advocacy center in Henrico

Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now, or SCAN, opened a Satellite Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in Henrico County March 15, and it’s a big deal.

Why? Consider this fictitious scenario.

Shelly is 8 years old. Shelly lives with her parents and her 19-year-old uncle, Nate.

Shelly decides that she doesn’t feel comfortable when Nate touches her where her bathing suit covers, so she tells her school guidance counselor. Being a mandated reporter by law, her guidance counselor alerts Henrico Social Services officials to the situation.
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