Newport News, Virginia

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Newport News is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is considered a county-equivalent. Its population is 180,719.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia county websites

This website was reviewed on December 2, 2011

The good

  • City council members are listed, with communal contact information.[2]
  • Meeting agendas and minutes are posted.[3]
  • Current and previous years' budgets are posted.[4]
  • Administrative officials and contact information are posted for city departments.[5]
  • Bid opportunities and contracts are posted.[6]
  • Audits are posted.[7]
  • City tax rates on personal property[8] and real estate[9] are posted.
  • Building permits are posted,[10]
  • The city has an interactive GIS map that includes some zoning information.[11]
  • The city provides links to information on making public records requests.[12]

The bad

  • Individual contact information is not provided for elected officials.
  • There is no information on Taxpayer-funded lobbying.
  • Zoning information is not available on either the Planning or Zoning pages.

Public employees

City council

2011 City Council[2]
Name Position District
McKinley L. Price Mayor At Large
Madeline McMillan Vice Mayor North District 1, Seat A
Herbert H. Bateman Jr. Central District 2, Seat B
Sharon P. Scott North District 1, Seat B
Tina L. Vick South District 3, Seat A
Joseph C. Whitaker South District 3, Seat B
Dr. Pat Woodbury Central District 2, Seat A

City manager

Newport News' city manager is Neil A. Morgan.[13]

Budget

The city's 2012 budget is for $748,659,617.[14]

General Fund Revenues[14]
Source FY 2011 FY 2012
General property taxes $227,816,489 $227,252,450
Other local taxes $85,506,288 $87,840,285
Permits, fees, and licenses $2,596,178 $3,057,163
Fines and forfeitures $1,986,833 $2,224,000
Use of money and property $2,336,542 $2,427,076
Charges for services $5,592,506 $5,967,525
Miscellaneous $17,268,695 $17,215,580
Recovered costs $9,352,702 $9,537,485
Non-categorical aid $245,289 $676,810
Shared expenses $9,384,675 $9,223,040
Categorical aid $38,396,709 $37,972,359
Non-revenue receipts $22,500,000 $10,641,000
Payments from other funds $553,758 $545,227
Total General Fund Revenue $423,536,664 $414,580,000
General Fund Expenditures[14]
Category FY 2011 FY 2012
Legislative $707,410 $685,924
General administration $5,023,932 $5,081,615
Financial $10,578,379 $10,836,415
Information technology $8,433,585 $8,452,547
Board of elections $477,875 $469,204
Judicial administration $3,191,550 $2,991,840
Commonwealth attorney $3,732,549 $3,819,422
Public safety $76,750,259 $80,105,125
Corrections and detention $32,113,679 $32,200,494
Inspections $2,904,027 $2,944,800
Engineering $7,209,669 $7,305,495
Public works $21,308,264 $20,685,601
Health and welfare $46,927,001 $46,644,213
Parks, rec, & culture $18,378,241 $18,255,311
Nondepartmental $30,736,699 $16,905,173
Community support $2,806,339 $2,789,524
Regional organizations $5,419,605 $5,592,803
Schools $109,200,000 $112,200,000
Debt service $35,384,967 $34,343,242
Total General Fund Expenditures $423,536,664 $414,580,000

Taxes

The real estate tax rate is $1.10 per $100 of assessed value.[9]

Lobbying

While the site does not contain information about Taxpayer-funded lobbying, the city has contracted out for lobbying services.[15]


External links

References