COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

2008 Legislative Priorities

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Receive Board input on and approval of the proposed 2008 Legislative Priorities to be submitted to the TJPDC and VACo

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Foley, Davis, Bowman, Blount

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

 

AGENDA DATE:

July 11, 2007

 

ACTION:      X                     INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:                          INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:     Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 


BACKGROUND:

In July 2006, the Board of Supervisors approved the County’s 2007 Legislative Priorities that were then submitted to the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC). In October 2006, the Board approved the TJPDC’s legislative program that incorporated the County’s 2007 Legislative Priorities. The General Assembly convened in January 2007 and completed its session in April. Staff is providing this executive summary to receive the Board’s input and approval before submitting the proposed 2008 Legislative Priorities (Attachment A) to the TJPDC and VACo.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Strategic Goals: Enhance Quality of Life for all Citizens; Protect the County's Natural, Scenic and Historic Resources; Develop Policies and Infrastructure Improvements to Address the County's Growing Needs; Effectively Manage Growth and Development; Fund the County's Future Needs.

 

DISCUSSION:

For information on how the County’s 2007 Legislative Priorities fared in the legislature, please see the “2007 Legislative Priorities Report (Attachment B).” The report details any action taken on priorities, an assessment of what priorities should be continued in the future and links to the final legislative reports of the TJPDC, VACo and Virginia Municipal League (VML).

 

For the 2008 Legislative Priorities, a statement has been added at the Board’s request asking for the County to be included in the “Cost to Compete Pay Differential” that will provide additional compensation from the state for teachers. Staff is not proposing any priorities beyond the “Cost to Complete Pay Differential” and the continued or modified 2007 priorities.

 

After the Board’s input and approval, staff will submit the adopted priorities to VACo and the TJPDC for consideration into their respective legislative programs. The Board may request legislation or other priorities at anytime after this date; however, in submitting priorities to VACo, now is the optimal time for consideration of any proposal. The 2007 TJPDC Legislative Program will return to the Board in the fall for further input and approval.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

Should the state provide additional funding for the County’s “Child Care for Low Income Working Families” priority, a local match will be required. Beyond that priority, there are no specific, identifiable budget impacts, although the County’s legislative priorities seek to ensure the state adequately funds its mandated responsibilities and does not jeopardize the County’s ability to effectively and efficiently implement the policies (including fiscal) and programs that it deems necessary.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends the Board approve the proposed 2008 Legislative Priorities (Attachment A), and any additions it feels are appropriate, for submission to VACo and the TJPDC.  

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment A – Proposed 2008 Legislative Priorities

Attachment B – 2007 Legislative Priorities Report

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