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Henrico supervisors to hold April 12 public hearing on proposed fiscal 2016-17 budget

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Tuesday, April 12 on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016-17.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., one hour earlier than usual, in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center’s Administration Building, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Residents may provide oral or written comments on the $1.2 billion plan, which would guide operating and capital spending for the year beginning July 1.

Henrico budget proposal calls for 2.4 percent pay raise

MAR. 8, 5:45 P.M. – Tax reductions designed to encourage development and redevelopment, a pay raise for eligible county employees and preliminary funding for renovation projects at seven aging schools highlight the proposed Henrico County Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget. County Manager John Vithoulkas is presenting the plan to the Board of Supervisors tonight during a work session.

The $1.168-billion operating budget calls for a 2.4 percent pay raise for all eligible county and school system employees in the new fiscal year, which begins July 1. (It would be the third consecutive pay raise for county employees, following three years without one.)

The budget represents an increase of 4 percent from the current budget.It proposes maintaining the county's real estate tax at 87 cents per $100 of assessed value – the 38th year without an increase in that tax rate.

Henrico supervisors consider taxicab ordinance adjustments

FEB. 25, 11:50 A.M. – Faced with the possible dissolution of the Capital Region Taxicab Advisory Board, officials from the four largest Metro Richmond localities are considering changes to their individual taxi ordinances to grant cab companies greater freedom from regulation, making it easier for them to compete with companies like Uber and Lyft.

In Henrico, the county's Board of Supervisors met Tuesday night to discuss potential changes to the county's ordinance, proposed by the Henrico Division of Police. Those changes would lessen regulatory issues for taxicab drivers – most notably by reducing the current yearly permit renewal process to just once every three years.

Nelson elected Board of Supervisors chairman


The Henrico County Board of Supervisors began a new four-year term Tuesday by voting unanimously to elect Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson as chairman and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover as vice chairman for 2016.

The appointment is Nelson’s first service as chairman since he became the board’s Varina District representative in 2012. He served as vice chairman in 2015.

In remarks to his colleagues, Nelson said he was humbled and honored to serve and pledged to work cooperatively with them and the county’s staff.

Kaechele named Community Leader of the Year

The Henrico Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber recently named Three Chopt District Supervisor Dave Kaechele as its 2015 Henrico Community Leader of the Year. The annual award honors a Henrico citizen who has made a positive difference in the community and demonstrates support, dedication and enthusiasm for the betterment and growth of the county.

Kaechele has served Henrico County and the Richmond region in elected office for almost 36 years. He will retire from his position at the end of the year. Even before holding elected office, Kaechele was active in the community. While working as an engineer for Reynolds Metals Company, he was involved with the Boy Scouts, Jaycees, Parent Teacher Association, Booster's Club and his church, where he is still a member, deacon and elder.

O’Bannon to seek re-election as supervisor

Tuckahoe District Supervisor Pat O’Bannon this week became the first member of the county’s Board of Supervisors to formally announce her intention to seek re-election to the board this November.

O’Bannon is currently serving her fifth term on the board, having first been elected in 1995.

“I have worked hard to keep costs low, respecting our citizens’ budgets, while still maintaining public safety service delivery at the levels they want, “ said O’Bannon. “We want our firefighters and police to be able to respond quickly, to have the best training we can give them and to have the best technology available.”

Board approves Walmart, Wegmans, microbrewery

Plans for the demolition of Fairfield Commons Mall (to make way for a Walmart and other shops); the construction of a new shopping center featuring Wegmans grocery store and Cabelas outdoor store in Short Pump; and the expansion of a home-brew shop in Lakeside to include a new microbrewery all earned approval from the Henrico Board of Supervisors during its Aug. 12 meeting.

Budget proposal includes pay raise

Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas
UPDATED: MAR. 11, 10:17 P.M. – Henrico County has tightened its belt during the past four years, trimming $115 million in expenses, cutting nearly 10 percent of its workforce through attrition and the elimination of vacant budgeted positions while asking each of its agencies to scale back on spending but not on services. Many of those cuts were suggested by county employees, who recommended them when county officials sought their input.

So, it made sense to County Manager John Vithoulkas to reinvest some of that savings into the workforce that produced it to begin with.

Vithoulkas tonight presented to the county’s Board of Supervisors his $1.097-billion operating budget proposal, which calls for the first raise for eligible full-time county employees in three years. The unique salary hike would would provide a 3 percent raise to full-time general government and school system employees with more than three years of service as of Jan. 1, 2015 and a 2.4 percent raise (the equivalent of a one-step increase on the county’s pay scale) to those with 1 to 3 years of service.

Supervisors to consider meals tax ordinance Feb. 25

UPDATE: JAN. 28, 9:50 P.M. – The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Feb. 25 to consider implementation of a 4-percent meals tax, which would begin June 1 – one month later than initially expected.

The board tonight voted unanimously to introduce an ordinance that would amend the county code and impose the tax on prepared meals sold in the county. It did so with the power granted by voters, who approved a Nov. 5 ballot question. County officials estimate that the tax would generate at least $18 million a year – with about half of that being paid by non-county residents who eat meals in Henrico.

Officials had targeted May 1 as the start date for the tax but suggested delaying it in order to allow enough time – about three months – to explain the proposal to all businesses that will be affected by it.

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