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Whether it was the real estate tax increase, public hearings on Dominion’s proposed power line or the local elections, James City County did not fail to make headlines in 2015. Here’s a roundup of WYDaily’s coverage of county affairs in the past year:
- County Administrator Bryan Hill briefed the Board of Supervisors on three expensive challenges the county will face in the coming years: ensuring access to drinking water, managing stormwater runoff and maintaining high bond ratings.
- Days after announcing a run to represent Stonehouse on the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commissioner Heath Richardson ended his campaign. Soon after, longtime resident Sue Sadler announced plans to run for the seat, which she would win from Jim Kennedy in November.
- County Administrator Bryan Hill proposed a plan to fund major transportation projects, such as the widening of Longhill Road, with local dollars. The county would apply for state assistance for these projects in September.
- The county received more than $286,000 in state support for its Purchase of Development Rights Program, which has allowed the county to preserve 701 acres since the program’s inception.
- A digital process for compiling and delivering meeting documents, NorvusAGENDA, was adopted by the Board of Supervisors, saving the county hundreds of dollars on printing.
- Four of the five James City County supervisors agreed a tax increase is probably needed after almost 20 years without one.