COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
2010 Legislative Priorities
Consideration and Approval of the 2010 Legislative Priorities
Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, and Blount; and Ms. Lyttle
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
September 2, 2009
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
Each year the Board considers and approves its legislative priorities and submits them to the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (TJPDC) and Virginia Association of Counties (VACo). Generally, the TJPDC’s legislative program incorporates the County’s legislative priorities. Other initiatives are sometimes added prior to the General Assembly session. For example, last November the Board adopted a resolution to seek enabling legislation to establish a Regional Transit Authority, and this priority was subsequently included in the Board’s and TJPDC’s legislative program. This executive summary will provide a review of the Board’s 2009 Legislative Priorities and request the Board to review and approve the 2010 Legislative Priorities.
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.
A review of the County’s 2009 Legislative Priorities is provided in the attached “2009 Legislative Priorities Report” (Attachment A). The report details any action taken on the 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).
Many of the proposed 2010 Legislative Priorities are continuations of the 2009 Legislative Priorities (Attachment B). Three new priorities have been identified for the 2010 Legislative Priorities:
Growth Management, Land Use and Transportation
= Amend Virginia Code § 33.1-23.1:1(C) (Attachment C) to allow for the allocation of unpaved secondary road funds for other secondary road projects without penalizing the locality by reducing the amount of the unpaved secondary road funds in future years.
Health and Human Services
= Request the legislature increase funding for Local Department of Social Services (LDSS) to match all available federal dollars to assist LDSS staffing needs in order to meet state mandated services and workloads.
Local Government Administration and Finance
= Amend Virginia Code § 15.2-953 (Attachment D) to authorize localities to make donations to nonprofit organizations, associations, or agencies which are engaged in providing energy efficiency services or promoting energy efficiency within or without the boundaries of the locality.
After the Board’s input and approval, staff will submit the Board’s 2010 Legislative Priorities to the TJPDC and VACo for consideration into their respective legislative programs. The 2010 TJPDC Legislative Program will return to the Board in the fall for additional input and approval.
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. Should the state provide additional funding for the County’s “Child Care for Low Income Working Families” priority, a local match of ten percent (10%) will be required. Beyond that priority, there are no specific, identifiable budget impacts.
Staff recommends that the Board approve the proposed 2010 Legislative Priorities (Attachment B), and any additions it feels are appropriate, for submission to the TJPDC and VACo.
A – 2009 Legislative Priorities Report
B – Proposed 2010 Legislative Priorities
C – Virginia Code § 33.1-23.1:1
D – Virginia Code § 15.2-953
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