Gloucester County, Virginia

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Gloucester County is within the Commonwealth of Virginia in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area in the USA. Formed in 1651, the county was named for Henry Stuart, Duke of Gloucester, third son of King Charles I of Great Britain. Located in the Middle Peninsula region, it borders the York River and the lower Chesapeake Bay. It is about 75 miles east of Virginia's capital, Richmond. According to the 2010 Census, the population is 36,858[1]. The county seat is Gloucester Courthouse.

Website evaluation

In 2013 Gloucester County earned a Sunny Award for having a perfect website transparency score.

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia county websites

This site was most recently evaluated on December 16, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 5 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.[4]
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[5]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 10 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 10 years.[6]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[7]
    • Meeting videos are available.[8]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2002 are available.[9]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[10]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[11]
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the county FOIA officer. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
    • A public records form is provided.
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.[12]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.
  • Lobbying
  • 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]

The bad

  • None posted

Elected Officials

Board of Supervisors

The Code of Virginia provides that each county be governed by a board of supervisors, which is elected by the qualified voters. The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors is composed of seven members, one from each of the five magisterial districts, and two at-large members elected from the entire county. Supervisors are elected for four-year terms which are staggered at two-year intervals. The election of supervisors is held as a part of the November general election. At the first meeting of the year, the board conducts an organizational meeting and elects one of its members to serve as chairperson and another to serve as vice-chairperson.[16]

Administrative Officials

County Administrator

The County Administrator's Office works directly with the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors to carry out the following duties:[17]

  • To make recommendations to the Board concerning the affairs of the County;
  • To keep the Board apprised of the County's financial condition;
  • To prepare, submit and administer the annual County budget;
  • To preaudit all claims against the County;
  • To manage the County and its various departments on a daily basis

The current County Administrator is Brenda Garton.[18]

Budget

The total County budget for all funds for FY 2011 is $97,715,248, which is $9,449,814 or 8.8% less than the current adopted budget. This decrease is primarily driven by reductions in state and federal revenues, as well as delaying capital projects.[19]

The following are several highlights from this budget, and I ask that you review the budget for more information about these issues and other issues facing our County:[19]

  • The overall projected increase in all General Fund revenues is 0.4% when comparing FY 2010 Adopted Budget and FY 2011 Adopted Budget.
  • Based on the results of the 2010 general reassessment of all real properties in the County, the lowered or equalized real estate tax rate is $.583.
  • The real estate tax rate was set at $.58, the personal property tax rate was set at $2.60, and the boat tax rate was set at $1.00, which are effectively no increases.
  • There is no increase for calendar year 2010 in the ad valorem tax rate for the Gloucester Sanitary District #1, Gloucester Point Sanitary District, and all Mosquito Control districts of $.01.
  • The budget increases the local appropriation to the School Fund by $485,850 or 2.4%.
  • There are no general salary increases or merit increases.
  • This budget leaves frozen and unfunded 10.1 positions in the General Fund and Utility Fund.
  • One position in the General Fund, which was previously frozen is funded.
  • Funds are included to move the Gloucester Point Branch Library into larger leased space in the Gloucester Point area.
  • Funding for the emergency services communication system project is continued.


Read more: http://sunshinereview.org/index.php?title=Gloucester_County%2C_Virginia&action=historysubmit&diff=85254&oldid=85253#ixzz2Jfv5spL4

Lobbying

The county discloses memberships to two government sector lobbying associations, the Virginia Association of Counties and the National Association of Counties:[20]

  • VACO Annual Membership dues (2012): $8,137.00
  • NACO Annual Membership dues (2012): $ 699.00

Transparency and Public Records

The county has a good track record with complying with public records and providing information to residents. The county has created a Transparency Initiative that provides all information to be considered an A+ by Sunshine Review.

Meeting Portal

Gloucester County has added a Meeting Portal to its Transparency Initiative, which allows users to watch meetings live via streaming video, and also watch or listen to previous meetings. Meeting minutes archives are also now searchable by keyword.

Contact Info

County Office Address:
6467 Main Street
Gloucester, VA 23061

Phone: 804-693-4042

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