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County Tax Bills are Due Friday, December 5th
Albemarle County tax bills for personal property and real estate are due Friday December 5, 2014. If you have any questions or have not received your Personal Property or Real Property tax bill(s), or if you have a vehicle, trailer, boat or airplane located in Albemarle County that is not listed on your bill please contact the Finance Department at (434) 296-5851 or albemarlecountyfinance@albemarle.org before the deadline.

County Celebrates Completion of Crozet Streetscape Project at November 20 Ceremony
Albemarle County officials joined Crozet residents and business owners at a dedication ceremony for the completion of the Crozet Streetscape project on Thursday, November 20. The celebration began at noon in front of the Mudhouse in The Square. A short walking tour began at the Mudhouse shortly after noon and ended on Crozet Avenue in front of the new Crozet Library where Supervisor Ann Mallek, County Executive Tom Foley, and project team representatives addressed the crowd.

Shenandoah National Park Announces Fall and Winter Visitor Center Hours
The Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive) and the Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51) in Shenandoah National Park will both be open on Thanksgiving Day. Both visitor centers will continue to be open for the season through Sunday, November 30. Dickey Ridge Visitor Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except Tuesday and Wednesday) and Byrd Visitor Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

Virginia Cider Week Kicks off November 14
Today marks the beginning of Virginia Cider Week 2014. The 10 day celebration, which runs through November 23, marks the importance of the industry to Virginia’s local culture and economy. 

Cider enthusiasts are looking forward to this year’s celebration which will include events all over the state such as cider tastings, food pairings, brewing classes, and more. Local events will kick off with the Virginia Cider Harvest Tasting in Charlottesville and will end with the Cider Fest in Keswick.

Board Members to Host Town Hall Meetings
Board members are holding a series of town hall meetings to inform the public about the Five-Year Plan process and to receive constituent feedback. The Five-Year Plan brings together the three major components of the County budget - schools, general government, and capital improvements - and seeks to balance anticipated revenues and expenditures for the next five years to inform annual budget development.

Holiday Safety Tips
Across the country, Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires caused by cooking equipment. As family and friends come together to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, Albemarle County Fire Rescue would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to make safety one of your top priorities.

Project R.I.S.K. (Residential. Inspections. Smoke Alarms. Knowledge.)
Project R.I.S.K. is an initiative that is part of an overall community risk reduction strategy which was made possible through a FEMA Fire and Public Safety grant. The initiative involved analyzing data specific to Albemarle County and using the results of that data to establish targeted messaging and programs. The data showed that in Albemarle County poverty is the number one indicator for risk of civilian injury and residential fire loss. The data also demonstrated that a lack of escape planning and working smoke alarms were the main factors leading to those injuries and residential losses.

Info on Traffic Maintenance during Rt. 29 / Rio Rd. Interchange Construction
The County is anxious to share accurate and up-to-date information from the Virginia Department of Transportation regarding how traffic will be maintained during construction of the Route 29 Solutions Projects, particularly the Route 29/Rio Road grade separated interchange. The Rio Rd. / Rt. 29 intersection may be restricted for 103 days from either May 23 - September 2, 2016, or from May 22 - September 1, 2017, but not both periods. Click the headline to read the highlighted details of this project.