Henrico County, Virginia

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Henrico County is one of 95 counties in Virginia. According to the 2010 Census, its population was 306,935.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia county websites

This website was reviewed on November 29, 2011.

The good

  • Budgets are posted.[2]
  • Board of Supervisors members are listed with contact information.[3]
  • Meeting agendas and minutes are posted.[4]
  • Audits are posted.[5]
  • Information on federal stimulus funding is available.[6]
  • Local tax rates are posted,[7] and are payable online with a convenience fee.[8]
  • Bid opportunities are posted.[9]
  • Building permits are posted.[10]
  • Zoning maps are posted.[11]
  • Administrative officials and contact information are posted within department pages.

The bad

  • Website navigation is difficult, and incomplete or out-of-date information is posted in places (e.g., the latest budget is not posted in the Finance department sidebar[12]).
  • Awarded contracts are not posted with amounts.
  • No county directory is posted.
  • No information is provided on Taxpayer-funded lobbying.
  • While references are made to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act on several pages,[13] the website provides no information, forms, or contacts for submitting public records requests.

Public employees

Board of Supervisors

Supervisors are elected to four-year terms. They set county policy, adopting budgets, and appoint the county manager.[14]

2011 Board of Supervisors[3]
Name District
Richard W. Glover Brookland
James B. Donati Jr. Varina
Frank J. Thornton Fairfield
Patricia S. O'Brannon Tuckahoe
David A. Kaechele Three Chopt

County Manager

Henrico County's manager is Virgil R. Hazelett. He has served as county manager since 1992. Before that, he worked as the county's traffic engineer.[14]

Budget

2012 Budget Funding[15]
Source 09-10 Actual 10-11 Original 11-12 Approved
Local Revenues $724,157,884 $761,795,379 $770,691,806
State Revenues $366,622,533 $298,845,047 $307,042,991
Federal Revenues $55,782,831 $54,051,178 $57,970,530
Fund Balance ($24,345,001) $2,147,584 $1,772,523
Transfers to Capital Projects ($20,923,498) ($9,415,242) ($7,300,000)
Interdepartmental Billings ($71,281,139) ($84,250,164) ($86,446,256)
Total Funding $1,030,013,610 $1,023,173,782 $1,043,731,594
2012 General Fund Expenditures[15]
Function 09-10 Actual 10-11 Original 11-12 Approved
General Govt Admin $52,245,240 $55,916,358 $55,759,533
Judicial Admin $8,019,900 $7,975,999 $8,049,983
Public Safety $153,856,107 $154,575,794 $155,821,049
Public Works $38,622,632 $35,855,526 $35,765,565
Health & Social Svcs $24,099,903 $20,109,792 $20,180,869
Education $408,555,214 $402,409,019 $403,750,000
Rec, Parks, & Culture $30,559,928 $32,334,940 $33,257,069
Community Development $19,317,191 $19,352,132 $19,058,975
Miscellaneous $12,593,133 $12,528,007 $12,018,323
Total General Fund $747,869,348 $741,057,567 $743,661,366

Retirement costs

Pensions

For 2011, Henrico County's pension costs were $37,374,749.[16]

OPEBs

As of June 30, 2011, Henrico had accrued $61,745,683 in funded liabilities for its other post-employment benefits.

Taxes

Real estate tax rates for Henrico County are $0.87 per $100 of assessed value.[7]

Transparency & public records

Circuit Court records

Henrico Circuit Court Clerk Yvonne Smith opposes publishing court records, and therefore does not make Henrico Circuit Court records public. Smith holds that individuals' privacy is at stake. The Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial board, however, wrote that all but three of Virginia's 120 counties do make basic court information public and have not reported any issues.[17]

Stimulus

As of September, 2010, Henrico County had received $75,183,067 in federal funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.[6]


External links

References