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Snyder out of Ward 1 race

Kyle Snyder withdrew from the race for the Ward 1 council seat today, after learning that state law would prohibit him from sitting on the City Council while his business was receiving financial incentives through a performance agreement with the city.

Snyder co-owns the Kybecca wine shop on William Street with his wife. In April, the City Council voted to award Kybecca an incentives package worth $80,000 in local tax waivers over 10 years, paired with a $25,000 grant from the Economic Development Authority, for a wine and tapas bar Kybecca is building next to its current shop.

But, as City Attorney Kathleen Dooley informed Snyder today, Virginia law prohibits any member of a city council from having a personal interest in any contract with that governing body (see the law here). Kybecca’s $80,000 in incentives are to be distributed under a performance agreement, which constitutes a contract (The performance agreement, with Snyder’s signature, is in pages 5 through 10 of this file.)

That, Dooley determined, would not be permitted under the state conflict of interests laws.

Snyder said today that he was disappointed that he wouldn’t be able to be considered for the seat. He said he would consider running for council after Kybecca’s 10-year performance agreement has expired.

Council members now have to decide whether they want to bring a third candidate forward to the panel-style interview, slated for Tuesday. The fourth-highest vote getter at their meeting this week was Steve Braun, who ran for the Ward 1 seat in 2006.

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