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Norfolk, Virginia

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Norfolk is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is considered a county-equivalent. Its population is 242,803.[1]

Public employees

City council

2011 City Council[2]
Name Position Ward
Paul D. Fraim Mayor At-Large
Andrew A. Protogyrou Member Ward 1
Theresa W. Whibley Member Ward 2
Anthony L. Burfoot Vice Mayor Ward 3
Paul R. Riddick Member Ward 4
Thomas R. Smigiel Jr. Member Ward 5
Barclay Winn Member Super Ward 6
Angelia Williams Member Super Ward 7

City manager

The city manager of Norfolk is Marcus D. Jones.[3]

Public employee salaries

A criminal investigation has been launched about Jill McGlone, a former employee of the Norfolk Community Services Board who was placed on leave during a personnel investigation 12 years ago. She has continued to collect checks and raises for the past 12 years, and earned $29,000 in 2009. Five political officials lost their job because of the payment oversight.[4]

Also, the city manager of Norfolk earns $213,000 in base salary, while two assistant city managers split $300,000, and two assistants to the city manager earn nearly $90,000 annually.[4]

Public employee retirement costs

The city's retirement system has accrued an unfunded liability of $229.1 million.[5]

Budget

Budget Revenues[6]
Source 2010 Actual 2011 Approved 2012 Approved
General property taxes $259,905,395 $255,065,600 $249,778,621
Other local taxes $153,615,005 $156,479,488 $159,512,296
Permits & fees $5,835,904 $6,671,300 $6,026,600
Fines & forfeitures $2,864,118 $3,197,000 $3,250,000
Use of money & property $8,539,969 $10,021,798 $8,224,090
Charges for services $175,981,047 $180,027,238 $183,187,303
Miscellaneous $5,879,275 $8,140,671 $9,542,491
Recovered costs $11,273,571 $13,490,954 $13,731,149
State non-categorical aid $32,164,855 $32,262,700 $31,857,000
State shared expenses $20,032,014 $20,254,700 $19,153,000
State categorical aid $270,287,951 $244,922,500 $236,303,700
Federal aid $7,713,566 $5,653,217 $12,408,817
Other sources $26,185,462 $32,391,334 $34,231,933
Adjustments $-3,520,903 $-3,220,903 $-2,286,200
Total $976,757,228 $965,357,597 964,920,800
Budget Expenditures[6]
Use 2010 Actual 2011 Approved 2012 Approved
Personnel services $288,301,419 $294,096,995 $300,403,138
Materials, supplies, & repairs $58,423,167 $63,435,886 $65,981,526
Contractual services $75,646,059 $74,312,077 $66,144,215
Equipment $5,739,426 $6,691,069 $5,137,745
All-purpose $69,952,148 $75,230,739 $74,692,880
Education $318,728,374 $295,657,800 $290,550,500
Debt service $104,661,014 $137,452,539 $143,047,135
Public assistance $19,415,594 $21,701,395 $21,249,861
Adjustments -3,529,903 -3,220,903 -2,286,200
Total $937,247,298 $965,357,597 $964,920,800

Taxes

The real estate tax rate is $1.11 per $100.00 of the assessed value, and the business district tax rate is $1.27 per $100.00 of the assessed value.[7]

Personal property tax rates are available online and range from $0.50 to $4.33 per $100 of assessed value.[8]

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process
See also: Evaluation of Virginia county websites

This website was reviewed on December 3, 2011.

The good

  • City council members are listed with contact information.[2]
  • Meeting minutes are posted, along with schedules and guidelines for meeting participation.[9]
  • Taxes are payable online.[10]
  • Tax rates are posted for real estate taxes[7] and personal property taxes.[8]
  • Bid opportunities are posted.[11]
  • Bid awards are posted.[12]
  • Administrative officials are listed with contact information within department pages.
  • Budgets are posted.[13]
  • Audits are available.[14]
  • The city posts its lobbying agenda.[15]
  • Zoning information and maps are posted.[16]
  • Building permits are posted.[17]

The bad

External links

References