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Culpeper Consolidation Vote (2009)
A Culpeper Consolidation Vote may take place in Culpeper, Virginia in 2009 if it is determined that consolidation supporters led by Joe Daniel collected enough signatures to force the consolidation to a vote.
If the consolidation proposal passes, the town of Culpeper would become a special tax district called “the shire of Culpeper” and the new county government would assume ownership and oversight of the town’s utilities, taxes, buildings, property and records.
The town government has attempted to dismiss the consolidation effort making various claims such as:
- Daniel’s petitions — signed by 1,000 town voters — were not filed with Town Council or the circuit court, as required by law.
- Petition circulators did not witness each signature, as required by law.
- A hearing on these concerns takes place in mid-January 2009.
Those who support consolidation, such as Daniel, cite the failure of local governments to come together to provide adequate water and sewer serves.