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County Tax Bills Are Due Friday, June 5th, 2015
Albemarle County tax bills for personal property and real estate are due Friday June 5, 2015. 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 option 3 or before the deadline.

Albemarle County Offices Closed for Memorial Day
Albemarle County offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Offices will reopen Tuesday, May 26, 2015 on regular schedule.

Save Money: Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday May 25-31
Virginia’s annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is happening May 25-31. This is the perfect time to create and stock up your emergency kit for your home, car, and office.

County Creates 28 Additional Pre-K Slots for the Next School Year - New Bright Stars Program Classroom to Open at Cale Elementary, Head Start Classroom Relocates to Agnor-Hurt Elementary
Following  careful deliberation by the Albemarle County Preschool Oversight Committee consisting of members from Albemarle County Schools, Albemarle County Government, Albemarle Department of Social Services, and MACAA Head Start, it has been determined that the new Bright Stars Program classroom will open in Paul H. Cale Elementary School for the 2015-16 school year.  In an effort to serve the greatest number of children while minimizing the impact on eligible children and families, a Head Start classroom with low enrollment will be moving from Benjamin F. Yancey Elementary to Agnor-Hurt Elementary.  Eligible children from the Yancey district will be invited into the Bright Stars program at Scottsville Elementary with transportation made available by Albemarle County Public Schools.  With the addition of a new Bright Stars classroom and increased class sizes, the Bright Stars Program will have the capacity to serve as many as 187 children, an increase of 28 from the 2015-16 school year.

County Beaches Will Open for Memorial Day Weekend
Local residents can rediscover affordable family fun at Albemarle County’s three swimming beaches this summer. On Saturday, May 23 swimming beaches at Chris Greene, Walnut Creek and Mint Springs open for the three-day holiday weekend. Beaches are open daily from Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend, except when Albemarle County Schools are in session. This year, swimming will be available daily beginning on Wednesday, June 10.

Open House on Solid Waste in Albemarle County
On Thursday, June 4, the Long Range Solid Waste Solutions Advisory Committee will be hosting an Open House on Solid Waste in Albemarle County, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in room A of the County Office Building at 5th Street (1600 5th Street Extended). A short presentation on solid waste will be given at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm. The community is invited to attend a presentation and provide feedback on a range of topics – including recycling, special material collections, and funding – at stations located throughout the meeting room.

New Traffic Pattern at Warner Pkwy. Intersection
Northbound motorists will now have two through lanes to reach East Rio Road

Motorists will notice a new traffic pattern at the intersection of the John W. Warner Parkway and Route 631 (East Rio Road) in Albemarle County. On April 29, the Virginia Department of Transportation modified the pavement markings so the parkway’s northbound right-turn lane will now operate as a shared right-through lane.

Albemarle County to Host Community Meeting on Broadband
Supervisors Jane Dittmar (Scottsville District) and Liz Palmer (Samuel Miller District) will be hosting a community meeting on broadband (high speed internet) in Albemarle County on Tuesday, May 19, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the media center at Monticello High School. Albemarle County is applying for grant funding to develop a comprehensive telecommunications plan that will provide guidance on developing the elements of a successful community broadband network that can be deployed in both the rural and urban areas. The event will begin with a presentation by Albemarle County’s IT Director, Michael Culp, and the Thomas Jefferson Planning Commission’s Grant Administrator, Pat Groot, who have been working in partnership to develop strategies and partnerships to expand access to broadband to unserved and underserved areas of the County. A community discussion will follow.

Tourism Bureau Announces 2015-16 Sponsorship Grant Program
The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) today announced the 2015-16 Tourism Sponsorship Program is now open, with Monday, May 25, 2015 at 5:00 p.m., as the deadline for submitting completed applications. To be considered for funding, the activity and/or event must occur in FY16, from between July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016, which is the new fiscal year for the CACVB.

20th Annual Kids Only Trout Fishing Day
The twentieth annual Kid’s Fishing Day will be held at Mint Springs Park in Crozet, Virginia on April 25, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Kingfishers, and the Albemarle County Department of Parks and Recreation to promote cold-water fishery conservation and fishing as a wholesome family activity. This event celebrates the memory of David Thompson, a former member of Trout Unlimited.

Albemarle County Announces Acquisition of Conservation Easements Program FY13-14 Class Results
Albemarle County’s Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) program recently closed on the last two applicants in the FY13 – 14 class. ACE is a powerful tool for rural land protection. Any landowner in Albemarle County whose land is worthy of protection according to the County’s Comprehensive Plan is eligible to participate in ACE. An evaluation system has been established to help rank properties in order of their conservation value to the program, with the final determination to be made by the Board of Supervisors.

Foxfield Races
In conjunction with The Foxfield Race Association and our public safety partners, the Albemarle County Police Department is preparing for the Foxfield Spring Race. We would like to share some important information regarding this event. The Spring running of the Foxfield Races will be held on Saturday, April 25th, 2015. The race is a major event for thousands of college students, young adults and citizens in our community and beyond. Approximately 20,000 people are expected to attend the race this year. The gates open at 9:00 am and the first race is scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm. The last race is at approximately 4:00 pm.

Albemarle County Announces New Date for Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing
Due to an error in notification that occurred earlier in the Comprehensive Plan update process, the Board of Supervisors public hearing on the update will be postponed from the originally advertised date of May 13 to a new date of June 10.  For complete information on the Comprehensive Plan update process, please visit the County website at

Albemarle County Local Government Offices Closed on Monday
Albemarle County Local Government offices will be closed on Monday, April 13, 2015 in observance of Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday.

Shenandoah National Park Joins National Find Your Park Movement
National Park Week 2015 Encourages Everyone To “Find Your Park”

Shenandoah National Park joins parks, programs, and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at Launched yesterday by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, Find Your Park is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service.

GRACE Progress Update / Summer Camp
Throughout the fall and winter, community leaders of the Gang Reduction Through Active Community Engagement (GRACE) Steering Committee have been actively working behind the scenes on several community related initiatives. Their progress is the result of steps taken in light of the information revealed in the comprehensive gang assessment. We know gangs exist in our community and we are working collaboratively to combat the issue.

Albemarle County to Celebrate National County Government Month
Albemarle County will observe National County Government Month (NCGM) this month to celebrate our local government and school employees who are dedicated to providing quality services and critical capital projects that strengthen and support our community. Our employees take pride in their responsibility to protect and enhance the health, welfare and safety of the County’s residents, as can be seen by this video.

Albemarle County Fire Rescue Department Announces Improved Insurance Service Office (ISO) Rating
Albemarle County Fire & Rescue recently underwent an Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating resulting in a significant improvement that will go into effect on April 1st.

Featured Events
County Beaches Open for the Summer
5/23/2015, 11:00 AM
Various Locations
Historic Preservation Committee
5/24/2015, 4:30 PM
Board Room (COB Room 241)
Albemarle County Offices Closed for Memorial Day
5/25/2015, 8:00 AM
Various Locations
Board of Supervisors Day Meeting
6/3/2015, 1:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Open House on Solid Waste
6/4/2015, 6:30 PM
County Office Building - 5th Street
County Tax Bills Due
6/5/2015, 5:00 PM
Various Locations

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