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Richmond, Virginia

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Richmond is the capitol city of Virginia. It is an independent city and considered a county-equivalent. Its population is 204,214.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia county websites

This website was reviewed on Feb. 11, 2013.

The good

  • Administration
    • A city directory provides administrative officials' contact information.[2]
  • Elected Officials
    • City council members are listed with contact information.[3]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes and agendas are posted.[4]
    • Minutes and agendas are archived to 1994.
  • Budget
    • The current year's budget is posted.[5]
    • Budgets are archived to 2010.[6]
  • Audits
    • Audits are posted.[7]
    • Audits are archived to 2000.
  • Zoning and Permits
    • Interactive GIS zoning maps are available.[8]
    • Building permits are posted.[9]
  • Contracts
    • Bid information is posted.[10]
    • Awarded contracts are posted.[11]
  • Public Records

The bad

Public employees

City council

2011 City Council[3]
Name Position District
Kathy C. Graziano President Southwest 4th
Ellen F. Robertson Vice President Gateway 6th
Bruce W. Tyler West End 1st
Charles R. Samuels North Central 2nd
Chris A. Hilbert Northside 3rd
E. Martin Jewell Central 5th
Cynthia I. Newbille East End 7th
Reva M. Trammell Southside 8th
Douglas G. Conner Jr. South Central 9th


Richmond's mayor is Dwight Jones.[13]

Tea party controversy

After the Richmond Tea Party group criticized Jones for unfairly charging them for demonstrations while allowing the Occupy Richmond group to protest free of charge, the City of Richmond audited the Tea Party group. Both the Tea Party and Occupy Richmond have spoken out against what they see as the mayor's retaliation against the Tea Party group.[13]


2012 General Fund Revenue[14]
Source Revenue % of Total
Real estate taxes $215,827,600 30.4%
Personal property taxes $52,474,100 7.4%
Other local taxes $109,954,900 15.5%
Taxes dist. by the Commonwealth $45,200,800 6.4%
Revenue from the Commonwealth $111,892,300 15.8%
Licenses, permits, & fees $35,682,600 5.0%
Fines & forfeits $10,602,300 1.5%
Utility payments to General Fund $27,408,000 3.9%
Charges for goods & svcs $25,303,200 3.6%
Other Gen. Fund revenue $23,243,200 3.3%
Rainy day/unassigned balance $52,389,500 7.4%
Total General Fund revenue 709,978,500 100%

2012 General Fund Expenditures[14]
Category Expenditures % of Total
General government $177,429,912 25.0%
Public safety & judiciary $164,975,808 23.2%
Highways, streets, sanitation, & refuse $60,733,642 8.6%
Human services $79,219,004 11.2%
Culture & recreation $21,015,438 3.0%
Debt service & PAYGO capital funding $55,952,772 7.9%
Richmond Public Schools $150,651,924 21.2%
Total General Fund Expenditures $709,978,500 100%

Retirement costs

Funding Status of Retirement Plans[15]
Plan Liability Unfunded Liability Funded Ratio Unfunded Liability as % of Covered Payroll
Richmond Retirement System $787,931,429 $328,495,520 58.31% 238.95%
Other Post-Employment Benefits $62,685,140 $62,685,140 0% 69%


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