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School Board okays $35.1 million capital budget request

The King George School Board has approved a $35.1 million capital projects request sought by
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Supervisors ponder 2-cent tax rate increase

The King George Board of Supervisors may be preparing to debate its previously stated opposition to ...

April hearing date set for court hearing between county, Project Faith

King George County secured another court date in the ongoing breach of contract dispute with Project...

James Madison - King George native son, Founding Father

James Madison - King George native son, Founding Father

History buffs and area residents recently gathered at Belle Grove Plantation on the banks of the Rap...

Supervisors endorse 2015-16 budget with no tax increase

The Board of Supervisors directed County Administrator Travis Quesenberry to proceed with developmen...

Dahlgren base land use study approved in King George

A joint land use study for the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, underway since September 2013, was a...

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Property assessments being readied in King George

A real estate reassessment has been underway in King George and assessments are being readied by Blue Ridge Mass Appraisals that will go into effect next year.   
Blue Ridge’s Mike Didawick recently provided a brief report on his company’s reassessment process to the Board of Supervisors.  
Didawick said on Sept. 15 that the county has about 12,500 parcels, adding that the company expected to finish up in the intervening weeks.
With the current economy, will property values go up or down?  
Didawick said three weeks ago that there were only about 500 parcels left to process.  But “it’s too early to say what is going to happen to the values.”  
Didawick noted that land values in King George remain strong, adding, “There may be a slight increase in land values.”
 “Raw land is still increasing in value everywhere, including this county,” he said.
Some owners of vacant lots may be in for a larger hike in values than they expect. Didawick told supervisors that when the last assessment was performed four years ago, there were about 300 vacant lots that were skipped for reassessment.  
Didawick said they discovered that those lots continued to carry the previous values from the previous assessment. That previous assessment was done by another company, Tri-County Appraisals.
Commissioner of Revenue Faye Lumpkin, the contract administrator for the assessment, said she was not aware of that report.
Didawick had also told supervisors that the previous assessments for numerous houses with attached garages with living areas above them were likewise incorrectly valued at garage above garage, instead of living area above garage. He said those corrections have been made for the upcoming assessment.  

REASSESSMENT NOTICES TO GO OUT
Didawick noted that Blue Ridge would prepare and mail reassessment notices to property owners on or about Oct. 16.  
Didawick could not be reached by phone this week for confirmation of the mailing date of the assessment notices. Lumpkin likewise could provide no information on when the mailing would go out.
Such notices typically contain information about the valuation of property and would be expected to include a phone number, along with dates and timeframes for hearings for property owners who wish to protest the amount of their property assessments and want to schedule an appointment.  
Didawick stated that property owners who attend a hearing will receive written responses.
The hearings are expected to take place in the Revercomb Administration Building, located behind the Courthouse in the Combs Board room on the ground floor of the administration building.  
Property books are expected to be available for residents to inspect, so they can compare their property valuations with other comparable properties in their area of the county.  
Generally, property owners who wish to be successful in protesting the valuations would be expected to bring proof that the assessment is too high, such as a recent professional appraisal or evidence of lower selling prices for similar properties recently sold in the area.

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KG Farmers Market Family Fun Day

What a happy day on Saturday! Our Family Fun Day brought more people into the market than ever before!
With cheerful greeters giving a warm welcome to all market visitors, hot coffee at the Wheeler’s stand for a donation, free music and drama, door prize and Basket Walk giveaways, pumpkins, corn shocks, fresh-baked bread and other goodies, and tons of beautiful fresh produce, there was something for everyone to enjoy!
Special thanks to Dave Derieux who, as Johnny Appleseed, passed out hundreds of free apples (compliments of Slater’s Farm) to visitors in honor of John Chapman’s 235th birthday!

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Repairs being made in Chatham Village

The King George Board of Supervisors asked for and received an impromptu report from Community Development Director Jack Green on progress with drainage, curbing and paving problems in Chatham Village I & II subdivisions.
The report was requested at last week’s meeting on Sept. 15 after another strong critique by Chatham Village subdivision resident Ruby Brabo during public comment.
As she and other Chatham Village I & II subdivision residents had done on Aug. 18, Brabo complained about issues which residents say need fixing by a contractor prior to acceptance into the state road system by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). At that same meeting in August, they brought their homeowners’ association attorney, William Marr, who also spoke at public comment.
Green provided an off-the-cuff update, saying that in June 2008, the county “called” the irrevocable letters of credit. “When we called the sureties, the company that backed the sureties stepped in and said, ‘Let us finish it.’”
Green said that company got bids together to finish the project, adding, “They were meeting with VDOT to make sure they knew what needed to be done.” Green said it took a while because that company had hired one contractor who didn’t show up.

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Structure fire in King George

 

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There was a structure fire on Family Lane in King George Thursday.  There were no injuries. 

According to Chief David Moody the fire is under investigation and his department is assisting the family

Fatal Motorcycle Accident in King George County

KING GEORGE CO. – A King George man is dead following a two-vehicle crash this morning (August 14, 2009) in King George.  At 9:45 a.m., Virginia State Police Trooper T. D. Green was called to the scene on Route 218, Caledon Road and Comorn Road. 

A 1995 Honda Shadow Motorcycle was traveling west on Route 218 when it lost control and crossed the centerline and struck a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe traveling eastbound.  The driver of the Honda, Darle R. Rasmussen died at the scene.   Rasmussen was wearing a helmet.

The driver of the Chevrolet Tahoe, Spencer Pryor Jr., was not injured in the crash.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation and no charges will be filed.

HONDA MOTORCYCLE – DECEASED:  Darle R. Rasmussen, 52, of King George, Va.

CHEVROLET TAHOE DRIVER: Spencer Pryor Jr., 29, of King George, Va.

School enrollment in King George always tricky to predict

King George school division Superintendent Candace Brown recently reported to the School Board that the July 20 enrollment count for the upcoming 2009-10 school year was estimated at 4,032 students, including 55 kindergarten students whose enrollment is projected.  
Here’s the breakdown:
King George High School – 1,258 students
King George Middle School – 644 students
King George Elementary School – 833 students
Potomac Elementary School – 464 students
Sealston Elementary School – 833 students
That adds up to a grand total of 4,032 students, which Brown said incidentally was the same number the school division had on March 31, 2009, (though the average daily membership for the year came to 3,992, which is based on a daily calculation made over the course of the school year).
Brown’s recent estimate of student capacity in the five schools that will be used for the coming year is 5,106.  (See related article in this issue.)
That capacity figure provides over a thousand student slots more than the estimated enrollment number.  
That should provide a cushion for several years to come, especially with one school just closed down.

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King George working on water supply plan

New ordinance in the works to regulate water use during drought

The King George Public Service Authority Board (PSA) got an update on the process for adoption and implementation of a proposed water supply plan that must be approved and submitted to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) by Nov. 2.
The review was provided at a meeting on July 21 by the county-contracted engineering firm Draper Aden, with Jeff Kapinos and Sheryl Stephens presenting information on the development of a water supply plan for the county.  
King George began the process two years ago of developing a plan required by the state to ensure the county has a water supply far into the future.  All localities must develop such a plan under new state requirements initiated two years ago.
The Board of Supervisors had a choice to go it alone and develop a county plan or participate in a regional effort to come up with a plan for the larger area.  
While the update was presented to the Service Authority, it will be the Board of Supervisors which will approve the plan and an accompanying ordinance that is also being drafted.

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King George is first stop on Cabinet Community Day

King George, Va.  - A large bus rolled up in front of Katherine Smith’s mobile home just before 9 a.m. last Wednesday.
But the passengers on the bus were not just casual riders. They were an assemblage of high-ranking commonwealth officials.
Led by Gov. Tim Kaine, his cabinet and members of his senior staff disembarked from the large coach and rolled up their sleeves.
The team was joined by representatives of the Rappahannock Area Agency on Ageing (RAAA) at Smith’s Passapatanzy area home on the first stop of their 3rd Cabinet Community Day of 2009.
Kaine announced that there was increased funding for the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s Weatherization Assistance program as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
In a telephone interview Smith said although they were in their shirtsleeves, it wasn’t all work. She said, “The governor spent time playing with my new kittens at the house.”

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