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On tap for Tuesday
There’s more going on next Tueday than just the final sing-off on American Idol (Melinda was robbed.). The real action’s at City Hall, where you should be at 7:30 p.m. if any of the following concern you:
“What is the criteria for these assessments?” That was the most-repeated question at last Tuesday’s public hearing on the real estate tax rate. Legally, the City Council is separated from the assessment process, but on Tueday, they’ve invited Commissioner of the Revenue Lois Jacob and Mike Didawick, of Blue Ridge Mass Appraisal Co., which did the reassessment, to address some of the most common concerns about the new values. City officials sent Didawick a list of the most commonly asked questions at the public hearing, and residents will be able to ask additional questions during Tuesday’s public comment period. You must get on the list to do that, though, so if you want to speak, call City Clerk Mary Smith at 540/372-1010 by Tuesday. It’s not clear right now whether Didawick will directly address questions at the meeting, but city officials are trying to work out a format to do that.
The tax rate. Council members will take the first of two required votes on the city budget for next year. The version they’ll vote on sets the real estate tax rate at 53 cents per $100 of value.
One-way traffic on Charlotte and George streets? More on this in Tuesday’s paper, but the council will hold a public hearing on a proposal that would make these roads one-way (away from the Rappahannock) between Sophia and Prince Edward streets, to make way for angled parking spots. City staff have recommended against doing this, and the folks building a hotel at the corner of Caroline and Charlotte streets don’t like it, either.
Demolition rules, revised. The Historic Preservation Task Force’s revised rules on tearing down buildings in the Historic District are also up for a hearing. The Planning Commission recommended approval of the new standards last month.