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Brookland District Supervisor Republican Primary – Benjamin Dessart, Gilbert Wilkerson, Robert Witte


In preparation for Tuesday's primary elections, the Henrico Citizen invited the candidates for every race that impacts Henrico County to answer several questions about themselves. The responses of those in this election who replied appear below:
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Board to hold public hearing on budget April 9

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Tuesday, April 9 on the proposed Annual Fiscal Plan for Fiscal Year 2013-14.

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

Residents may provide oral or written comments on the proposed $1.1 billion plan, which will guide operating and capital spending for the year beginning July 1. The plan represents a 9 percent reduction in overall spending from fiscal year 2012-13.
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Supervisors endorse meals tax referendum

For the second time in eight years, Henrico County voters will be asked to approve a meals tax.

But if the measure fails this time – as it did by 151 votes in 2005 – county officials are warning that they may have no choice but to raise the county's real estate tax by as much as six cents per $100 of assessed value to close an $18-million shortfall in the proposed 2013-14 budget.

During the final day of its four-day budget review meetings, the county's Board of Supervisors Thursday unanimously endorsed County Manager John Vithoulkas' meals tax referendum proposal, informally authorizing Vithoulkas to proceed with plans for a referendum Nov. 5.

A simple majority of votes cast is required to pass the measure. The meals tax is expected to raise about $18 million annually – money that would be dedicated specifically to fund school system needs.
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Vithoulkas proposes $1.1B budget

No layoffs recommended, but meals tax encouraged as new revenue source
UPDATED: 9:02 P.M. – Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas tonight proposed to the Board of Supervisors a $1.1 operating and capital budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14 – a 9 percent reduction from the current budget.

Vithoulkas's proposal would not lay off any employees or raise the county's real estate tax, but it does suggest a public referendum on a 4-cent meals tax, which could raise an estimated $18 million annually – money that would be dedicated for education costs.

For the fourth time in the past five years, the budget also does not provide pay raises for county employees.
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County may seek permission to impose meals tax

Henrico County officials plan to petition the General Assembly in the coming months for the right to institute a meals tax in the county next year.

County Manager Virgil Hazelett suggested the idea to the five-member Board of Supervisors during a work session tonight, and it met with the board's unanimous support.

Hazelett, who is retiring in January, told supervisors that the county must find new sources of revenue to combat falling revenue from both real estate taxes and the state government.
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Police chief to speak at Fairfield town meeting

The next constituent meeting of Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will feature Col. Douglas A. Middleton, chief of the Henrico County Division of Police.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 19 in the ballroom of the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. Middleton will join Thornton for a presentation and discussion of police goals for the county and Fairfield District.
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Tuckahoe town meeting Oct. 10 to examine utilities’ response to Irene

The next town meeting of Tuckahoe District Supervisor Patricia S. O’Bannon will examine the effect of Hurricane Irene on local utilities and their response in the aftermath of the storm. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10 at Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Drive.
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Town meetings to address new library, Alzheimer’s support, Education Foundation

Fairfield District Supervisor Frank Thornton and Varina District Supervisor Jim Donati will host separate town meetings for their constituents on Monday, Sept. 19.

Donati's meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road in Highland Springs, will provide information about the proposed Varina Area Library.

Henrico County Public Library Director Jerry McKenna will give an update on planning for the library, a proposed 40,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility slated for construction near the intersection of Interstate 895 and New Market Road/Route 5.
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Nelson becomes third to seek Varina Board seat

Rev. Tyrone Nelson, the pastor of the Sixth Mount Zion Church in Richmond, became the third entrant in the race for the Varina seat on the Henrico Board of Supervisors, announcing his candidacy one day before the filing deadline.

Nelson and retired Henrico Police official Reese Haller will seek the seat held by incumbent Republican Jim Donati. Haller unsuccessfully sought the seat four years ago, while Nelson lost in a three-way race for the Varina seat on the School Board the same year.
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The Henrico County Health Department will offer free flu vaccinations to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Adult Education Center, 7850 Carousel Ln., and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the East Henrico Health Clinic, 1400 N. Laburnum Ave. The clinics will provide standard-dose flu vaccine to individuals age three and older on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. In addition to the flu vaccine, the Henrico County Health Department will offer free home-screening kits for colorectal cancer to qualifying individuals. For details, visit http://www.henrico.us/health. Full text

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