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April 4, 2013 Online Homepage
Budget Recommendations from the Private Sector Budget Task Force ... Hello Board of Supervisor Members, Thank you so much for your efforts in keeping York County a great place to live, work or just visit!! Your work does not go unappreciated. We all know your plates stay full. I hope you do not feel like you are alone in those efforts. There are many very bright and experienced leaders in the private sector that are willing to help York County. It is our hope as private citizens and taxpayers who love York County that we preserve our currentquality of life without burdening our citizens with another tax increase, 12.77% was difficult enough this year. We believe that this can be done by following our guiding principle. We further believe that it is possible to repeal part of the last tax rate increase by being fiscally responsible. Our Guiding Principle ‐ "We would like to see York County function more like the private sector and less like the Federal Government". (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)

Mr. Tom Shepperd's Response to Private Sector Task Force ... Thank you very much for taking the time to share your group’s recommendations on ways to improve the County’s budget. Rest assured it is my opinion that none of the Supervisors feel alone in working through the FY14 Budget. We continue to receive comments and recommendations from many different groups and individuals on a wide variety of budget related topics. As you might expect, opinions from a large group of citizens will vary considerably and at times compete for funding. It is the duty of the Supervisors to balance the many needs of our County citizens and to maximize the efficient use of resources, be it people, revenue, equipment, etc. Establishing a $100+ million budget is a challenging task that requires a considerable personal commitment of time and energy, a willingness to listen, a cooperative attitude, and at times, compromise. The allocation of tax revenue within the County budget is not an unimportant task. It is serious business that in the end uses citizen revenue to reflects the priorities, commitment, and desires of the community. Essentially, this is why input from our citizens is so important and desired. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)

Seaford Students Present Famous Americans ... First grade students at Seaford Elementary School participated in a transformative learning project about famous Americans. As part of their unit of study, first graders concentrate on five famous Americans: Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington Carver and Eleanor Roosevelt. The different first grade classes each studied and become an expert on their one assigned famous American. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)

Poquoson High Has Tidewater Science and Engineering Fair Winners ... Two Poquoson High School Students came away from the annual regional Tidewater Science and Engineering Fair, held recently at Old Dominion University, as winners. Emily Liu won second place in the Mathematics, Senior Division and Quoc-Tuan Nguyen received a third place award in the Microbiology, Senior Division. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)

Golf Carting for a Cause ... Ray Rehberg, President of GO CARTS organization spoke to the Exchange Club of York describing plan to drive a Golf Cart across America to raise awareness for the Wounded Warriors cause. He is a dynamic speaker who lives by his motto "If you can think it, you can do it". He is a Chief Electricians Mate at the Coast Guard Base in Yorktown and planning all this in his spare time. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)

Virginia Beach Area Buildings and Landmarks to Participate in Autism Speaks LIGHT IT UP BLUE™ Campaign in Support of World Autism Awareness ... The Oceanaire Resort Hotel, Law Enforcement Memorial, Princess Anne Commons Sculpture, Virginia Beach Convention Center Tower, and Armada Hoffler Tower were illuminated with special blue lights on the evening of Tuesday, April 2 in support of Autism Speaks global annual Light It Up Blue (LIUB) campaign to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month. These Virginia Beach area buildings and landmarks join a list of nearly 3,000 iconic structures, buildings and landmarks in more than 600 U.S. cities and 50 countries around the world that will shine a bright light on autism as a growing public health crisis. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)

Cruise-in Shows Continue Weekly ... The "Original Saturday Night Cruise-ins" resume weekly from April 13 - October 19 2013 from 530 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Heritage Square Shopping Center 4318 George Washington Highway and are sponsored by the Classic Cruisers Car Club. The shows are open to all makes, models and years of cars and trucks. There is a $2.00 fee to show your vehicle and all proceeds go to charity. It's free for spectators and all are welcome. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)

All Welcome to the "Brick Church" Historic Event ... One of the oldest churches in York County, Grafton Christian Church was founded May, 11 1834. In that year, the sanctuary, which is still in use, was constructed using bricks make by hand on the property. It was the only brick church in the county at that time and was known to locals simply as the “Brick Church”. A cast marker on the property commemorates when the majority of members of the Baptist Church in Grafton chose to become Disciples of Christ. Grafton Christian Church is hosting an encampment on April 27, 2013. The event provides a glimpse into the role of the Church during the Civil War era. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)

York County Library for April, 2013 ... The York County Public Library offers a wide variety of programs, activities and fun for all ages during April. All programs are free and open to the public. Check our list and have fun! (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)

York County Economic Development News ... The regular meeting of the Economic Development Authority (EDA) at the York County Administration Building on Ballard Street in the village of Yorktown started with five of seven members present. Most citizens probably wouldn’t have any idea what the EDA works on. The EDA basically is a group of appointed citizen who give guidance in the direction the county takes to further it’s economic development progress. They give guidance to the Economic Development Office, whose Director is James Noel. The EDA has Board of Supervisor appointed members, not necessarily representing the five York County districts, as District 3 has no one appointed. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)

On Regionalism ... I am hopeful that some of our Patriots will focus on Regionalism. Those who have attended the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission or the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission have seen first hand regionalism in action. I believe that there are 22 planning district commissions in Virginia. Here is an example of what is happening in Georgia. (Read the Article) (Have a Comment?)


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