Albemarle Chases Charlottesville's Money

Albemarle Chases Charlottesville's Money

There are 22 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Dec 10, 2009, titled Albemarle Chases Charlottesville's Money. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

The Albemarle County school board voted Thursday night to pursue a budget amendment to bring $2.6 million bound for Charlottesville to the county, and is turning to Richmond to help sort out a multi-million dollar dilemma.

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blip

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Dec 10, 2009
Charlottesville has too few students and a surplus, Albemarle too many and a shortage, so I hope some adjustment can be made.
citizen

Palmyra, VA

#2 Dec 11, 2009
The planners in Richmond are unaware of the revenue sharing agreements between Charlottesville and Albemarle? Why?
Financial Conservative

Buford, GA

#3 Dec 11, 2009
Combining the Albemarle and Charlottesville School systems would save millions of dollars each year in administrative costs.
Imcrazyitscool

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Dec 11, 2009
If you have a budget shortage in Albemarle, why then do new shopping centers keep cropping up?? Maybe more so misplaced priorities??

“Equal Opportunity Not Results!”

Since: Nov 08

Charlottesville

#5 Dec 11, 2009
Financial Conservative wrote:
Combining the Albemarle and Charlottesville School systems would save millions of dollars each year in administrative costs.
Although I like your blog name and I think you and I would agree on many areas of financial matters. I would be very concerned that combining the two systems would only be a way of redistributing the wealth from Albemarle to the city of Charlottesville. The Charlottesville school system is rife with student problems and subsidies.
Good times

Blacksburg, VA

#6 Dec 11, 2009
The county out spent the system. Trying to keep up with other countys with more revenue and resources. It is not the City's fault that irresponsible greedy law makers in the 70's and 80's struck a deal to stay annexation. It is a valid leagl contract unchanged by time. If the County wishes to end their revenue sharing deal that go through the courts like any other citizen must do to fix legal matter. Don't use public opinion and fear monguring to accomplish yur tasks. Everyone is going to react negatively when Children and education are involved. Now It is my opinion that the city and county must combine all services and school divisions. It only makes sense it will save money and increase effiency. No longer will there be a redundency of services whuch for the most part cross borders and assist each other almost daily. Please remember the actual people preforming the jobs don't care if you live in the city or county your a person in need of a service be it, administrational, emergency, or utility oriented. Take the politics out of peoples lives and create a community that will be the envy of all virginia, not just in the mindes of the local politicans.
The Bear

Goode, VA

#7 Dec 11, 2009
C-ville needs to spend more responsibly in its own school system and generally. Then, they can actually take a shot at becoming a business friendly place with lower taxes and many fewer regulations. Come to think of it, the County could do the same as well as the Commonwealth and, dad gum it, the country.
Yooooo

Cumming, GA

#8 Dec 11, 2009
Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris says the move is not good news, "This is a major setback for the city-county relationship," he said following the vote.<<<

If the situation was reversed would it be a "major setback in relations" from the city`s viewpoint? Depends upon who is goring who`s ox.
Yooooo

Cumming, GA

#9 Dec 11, 2009
<<<Now It is my opinion that the city and county must combine all services and school divisions. It only makes sense it will save money and increase effiency.<<<<

That makes management larger and more powerful not smaller. I have yet to see an organization improve efficiency by growing larger. Money budgeted for salaries may initially grow smaller but only for a short period.
starved beast

Washington, DC

#10 Dec 11, 2009
As long as the county assesses such low taxes, it will always be short of revenue. The low taxes have lured people and business into the county. Those lurees get what they "pay" for, which isn't much. Take school pools as an example. For many years, the City had two in its system, which City and County teams used.(Now it has one at Walker in operation, doomed to be demolished as soon as the previously-demolished other one at Buford is rebuilt). The County, in building 3 high schools, one of them quite recently, has never built any school pool, and is too cheap to pay for a bubble over the private pools (Fairview and Crozet) who have come calling to it for funds with offers to provide school use. What's more, when the YMCA recently almost-began building a new facility (with pool) at PVCC, the County strongly backed the shift in locale to McIntire Park (so that the more populous northern part of the County would have better access), even while the City dithered over whether it's invitation to the YMCA to hold off on PVCC and try McIntire was sincere. So, it really looks like the County takes as much as it gives, and generally waits for someone else to pick up the tab. And, like the other poster explained, the revenue sharing deal is one that the County entered into voluntarily in order to promote its own commercial development/sales-tax-collecti on interests (and the sprawl of 29-North is what the rest of us got in that deal, soon to be repeated in Crozet and Pantops). For the County to ask Richmond to un-do the City's benefit in that deal is an act of bad faith -- the City would be no more unfair in backing out and deciding to annex any portions of the 29-North commercial corridor it wants.
relevant1

Newark, NJ

#11 Dec 11, 2009
The Bear wrote:
C-ville needs to spend more responsibly in its own school system and generally. Then, they can actually take a shot at becoming a business friendly place with lower taxes and many fewer regulations. Come to think of it, the County could do the same as well as the Commonwealth and, dad gum it, the country.
I agree with the Bear and take it a bit further by stating that Albemarle's fiscal problems are self induced. Bad economic strategy has led to an over-reliance on re property taxes.

“Equal Opportunity Not Results!”

Since: Nov 08

Charlottesville

#12 Dec 11, 2009
starved beast wrote:
As long as the county assesses such low taxes, it will always be short of revenue. The low taxes have lured people and business into the county. Those lurees get what they "pay" for, which isn't much. Take school pools as an example. For many years, the City had two in its system, which City and County teams used.(Now it has one at Walker in operation, doomed to be demolished as soon as the previously-demolished other one at Buford is rebuilt). The County, in building 3 high schools, one of them quite recently, has never built any school pool, and is too cheap to pay for a bubble over the private pools (Fairview and Crozet) who have come calling to it for funds with offers to provide school use. What's more, when the YMCA recently almost-began building a new facility (with pool) at PVCC, the County strongly backed the shift in locale to McIntire Park (so that the more populous northern part of the County would have better access), even while the City dithered over whether it's invitation to the YMCA to hold off on PVCC and try McIntire was sincere. So, it really looks like the County takes as much as it gives, and generally waits for someone else to pick up the tab. And, like the other poster explained, the revenue sharing deal is one that the County entered into voluntarily in order to promote its own commercial development/sales-tax-collecti on interests (and the sprawl of 29-North is what the rest of us got in that deal, soon to be repeated in Crozet and Pantops). For the County to ask Richmond to un-do the City's benefit in that deal is an act of bad faith -- the City would be no more unfair in backing out and deciding to annex any portions of the 29-North commercial corridor it wants.
To which county are you referring? It counldn't be Albemarle. This county is anti-business. It does everything it can to over regulate business growth or expansion.
admiring the red lights

Washington, DC

#13 Dec 11, 2009
Lets' see, Cville Patriot, going up 29, how many traffic lights does one have to pass through from Hydraulic before one is safely out of Albemarle and can finally cruise at 60 for a few miles? Those lights are there to make people stop at the many highway-side strip malls and commercial establishments that litter the way. Every effort to open up traffic via bypasses or express ways is successfully opposed by the business interests who fear that cusptomers who are not forced to stop simply won't stop at all. No road I have ever seen is more of a monument to anti-planning and unfettered sprawl encourgement -- per cpaita, it's worse than anything in NoVa, Atlanta, LA, Houston, Phoenix, Jacksonville, or any other non-planned city I have ever seen. if you think Albemarle is the bastion of oppressive growth control, you have lived a naively sheltered live indeed.
walose

Palmyra, VA

#14 Dec 11, 2009
Maybe Albemarle could rebrick the county office building with any money they get!

“mookcollins to the rescue!”

Since: Nov 09

new market

#15 Dec 11, 2009
well you peopil aint seen nothin yet. theis hear govirmint peopil will be scrapin back and forth trien to get monie off each othir. the well in their own back yard is bout runned dry and now they gonna hit up evirone else they can. i knoe scholes and teachirs cost monie but how much does it take to teech some writin and writhmatic and reedin?
Imcrazyitscool

Charlottesville, VA

#17 Dec 11, 2009
C-Ville Patriot wrote:
<quoted text>To which county are you referring? It counldn't be Albemarle. This county is anti-business. It does everything it can to over regulate business growth or expansion.
Please tell me there was a hint of sarcasm in your statement..... I just don't see where Albemarle County is anti-business.....

“Equal Opportunity Not Results!”

Since: Nov 08

Charlottesville

#18 Dec 12, 2009
Imcrazyitscool wrote:
<quoted text> Please tell me there was a hint of sarcasm in your statement..... I just don't see where Albemarle County is anti-business.....
Have you ever talked with anyone trying to expand or open a business in Albemarle? There are several business owners that I have talked with and they have shared their frustrations with me.
The Bear

Goode, VA

#19 Dec 12, 2009
Maybe the county can sell electricity to the city from all those wind mills of their minds they'll be approving. Both the city and the county need more money for more dirt and brush roofs which is just another grand idea. Your "grands" o' dollars and their feel good when some idiot administrator gets a "green" certificate from some bogus organization or government entity financed by more "grands" o' dollars.
Elizabeth

Bassett, VA

#20 Dec 12, 2009
The county woes the =city
PatriotH8er

Charlottesville, VA

#21 Dec 12, 2009
C-Ville Patriot wrote:
<quoted text>Although I like your blog name and I think you and I would agree on many areas of financial matters. I would be very concerned that combining the two systems would only be a way of redistributing the wealth from Albemarle to the city of Charlottesville. The Charlottesville school system is rife with student problems and subsidies.
You are clueless. Student Problems and Subsidies????Wow take off your hood. Loser!

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