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The Latest Campaign News…

Governing = Tough Choices: Budget & Taxes

Since February I have worked to forge a compromise between 2 councilors opposed to any tax and 2 councilors who supported a 1% meals tax increase to close a $2.1 million budget gap. In the process I sought to answer two questions: can we diversify the tax so as to distribute the fiscal burden; and can we cut expenditures from the operating budget in order to reduce the budget gap. That’s why I put the 0.5% meals tax combined with a lodging tax on the table. That’s why in March I worked to close the budget gap by reducing operating expenditures without hurting our schools, police and triple AAA bond rating. Some of my proposals included: no new staff in the departments of Neighborhood Development Services, Public Works or Parks & Recreation; funding 6 new police officers instead of … [Read More...]

Charlottesville Chosen for Smart Growth America Workshop

April 28-29     5 - 7 pm         Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center   City of Charlottesville officials will meet with representatives from Smart Growth America (SGA) on April 28 and 29, 2015 as part of a free, grant-funded technical assistance program. The workshop will audit key portions of the City zoning code to identify how it can encourage development patterns that help position Charlottesville for long-term economic growth, promote green infrastructure, outdoor lighting, and public health initiatives in Charlottesville. “We are excited to have been selected for this grant.  SGA's technical expertise will help us write the rules we need to safeguard the unique character of Charlottesville.” said City Councilor Kathy Galvin.  Charlottesville area residents are … [Read More...]

Kathy Comments on City Budget & Tax Revenue

On Monday night, council discussed the the city manager’s proposed budget that included a 1% meals tax hike. I'm grateful to members of the restaurant community who came out to speak about the impact it would have on their business and on the thriving food scene in Charlottesville (a city that Forbes called the “locavore capital of the world” just four years ago.  I'm also grateful to the public at large who spoke out in support of our schools as well as our local restaurants. It's important to ensure the budget stays balanced this year and we maintain our stellar reputation for fiscal stability. It is also important that we meet the fiscal needs of our public schools and local police. However, with the meals tax most of the burden to pay for essential services will fall on city … [Read More...]