Chesapeake, Virginia

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Chesapeake is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is considered a county-equivalent. Chesapeake's population is 222,209.[1]

Public employees

City council

Current members, Norfolk City Council
Councilmember
John de Triquet (Vice-Mayor)
Lonnie Craig
Robert C. Ike, Jr.
Suzy H. Kelly
Scott W. Matheson
S.Z. "Debbie" Ritter
Ella P. Ward
Richard W. "Rick" West

City manager

Chesapeake's city manager is William Harrell.[2]

Budget

2012 Budget Revenues[3]
Source Revenues
Property taxes $293,841,460
Other local taxes $120,696,370
Permits & fees $2,193,370
Fines & forfeitures $2,862,750
Use of money & property $5,287,139
Charges for services $102,345,135
Miscellaneous $5,581,559
Recoveries & rebates $1,479,320
State noncategorical assistance $28,576,111
State assistance-shared costs $12,251,007
State categorical assistance $266,946,632
Federal assistance $63,112,224
Use of locked revenues $17,784,949
Use of FY09-10 surplus $9,046,689
Use of fund balance $19,342,301
Total Resources $951,346,796
2012 Budget Expenditures[3]
Category Expenditures
City Governance and Management $30,612,050
Quality Community of Life $79,845,257
Economic & Environmental Vitality $147,685,882
Chesapeake Public Schools $441,665,263
Public Safety and Justice $130,855,762
Other Expenditures $76,122,250
Other Requirements $44,551,333
Total Budget Requirements 951,346,796

Taxes

Most personal and business property is taxed at $4.08 per $100 of assessed value.[4]

Real estate taxes are $1.05 per $100 of assessed value for property in mosquito-controlled areas and $1.04 for properties in non-mosquito-controlled areas.[5]

Stimulus

The City of Chesapeake has received nearly $1 billion from the Community Development Block Grant of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The city also received $507,406 under the ARRA's Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program.[6]

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

This website was reviewed on December 2, 2011.

The good

  • City council members are listed with term expirations and contact information.[7]
  • Meeting agendas and minutes are posted.[8]
  • The city outlines its lobbying goals.[9]
  • The city provides information on federal stimulus funds it has received.[6]
  • Audits are posted.[10]
  • Budgets are posted.[11]
  • Zoning information is posted,[12] and building permits are available.[13]
  • Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports are posted.[14]
  • Bid opportunities are posted,[15] along with contract awards.[16]
  • Administrative contacts are listed in departmental pages.
  • Local tax rates are posted.[4][5]

The bad

External links

References