Chesterfield County, Virginia

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Chesterfield County is one of 95 counties in Virginia. Its population is 316,236.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia county websites

This website was reviewed on an unknown date.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 9 years.[2]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[3]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[4]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 5 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 5 years.
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
    • Meeting video or podcasts are available.[5]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2005 are available.[6]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[7]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[8]
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by XXX position. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[9]
    • A public records form is provided.[10]
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[11]
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.[12]
  • Lobbying
    • The county has an intergovernmental relations department and it discloses its yearly Legislative Program.[13]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[14]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[15]

Budget

2012 Budget Revenues[16]
Source General Fund School Fund Comprehensive Services Grants Fleet and Radio Shop
Real Estate Taxes $296,347,400 $0 $0 $0 $0
Personal Property 46,734,000 0 0 0 0
Other Property 7,600,000 0 0 0 0
Utility & Other Local Taxes 96,351,800 0 0 0 0
Permits, Fees, etc 5,351,600 0 0 0 0
Charges for Services 30,885,600 20,352,200 0 0 19,062,400
Misc. and Recovered Costs 11,954,200 7,086,400 124,200 5,719,000 0
State Funding 124,760,800 213,507,800 3,465,600 1,442,100 0
Federal Funding 9,977,400 10,552,000 0 2,957,300 0
Other Financing Sources 18,383,300 1,000,000 1,042,300 184,900 0
Use of Money and Property 1,776,700 27,805,300 0 0 0
Transfers from Other Funds 1,815,200 288,998,100 3,077,000 1,020,500 0
Unassigned Fund Balance 53,495,000 1,000,000 0 0 500,000
TOTAL AVAILABLE $703,433,000 $570,301,800 $7,709,100 $11,323,800 $19,562,400
2012 Budget Expenditures[16]
Category General Fund School Fund Comprehensive Services Grants Fleet and Radio Shop
General Government $8,867,100 $0 $0 $1,881,800 $0
Management Services 32,450,900 0 0 26,000 19,518,700
Tax Assessment and Collection 10,055,400 0 0 0 0
Administration of Justice 8,295,600 0 0 253,800 0
Public Safety 133,673,900 0 0 5,250,300 0
Human Services 88,426,300 0 7,709,100 3,911,900 0
Community Development 16,668,600 0 0 0 0
Education 288,998,100 515,136,700 0 0 0
Debt Service 26,262,200 47,760,000 0 0 0
Miscellaneous 21,620,800 0 0 0 0
Use of Reserves 700,000 6,484,000 0 0 0
Transfer to Other Funds 15,919,100 921,100 0 0 0
Total Expenditures $651,938,000 $570,301,800 $7,709,100 $11,323,800 $19,518,700
Unassigned Fund Balance 53,495,000 0 0 0 43,700
TOTAL BUDGET $705,433,000 $570,301,800 $7,709,100 $11,323,800 $19,562,400

Retirement costs

Pensions

Most Chesterfield County employees are part of the Virginia Retirement System, a defined-benefit pension plan. Chesterfield's unfunded liabilities for the system are $122,578,529.[17]

Changes to the Virginia Retirement System for 2012 will mean contribution rates Chesterfield County must pay will rise by 3.4%.[18]

OPEBs

Chesterfield's other post-employment benefits have accrued $85,455,557 in unfunded liability.[17]

Taxes

Property taxes

The county's 2012 tax rates are $0.95 per $100 of assessed value for real estate, $3.60 for personal property.[19]

Sales tax

The local sales tax is 1.00%.[20]

Lobbying

Chesterfield's 2012 budget for its Intergovernmental Relations department is $175,000.[16]

Transparency & public records

Circuit Court records

Chesterfield Circuit Court Clerk Judy Worthington opposes publishing court records, and therefore does not make Chesterfield Circuit Court records public.[21] Worthington and the clerks of two other Virginia counties hold that individuals' privacy is at stake, but the Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial board wrote that the rest of Virginia's 120 counties do make basic court information public and have not reported any issues.[22]

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