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Board Receives FY15 Preliminary Unaudited End of Year Financial Report
The Board of Supervisors today received the Unaudited Annual Financial Report for FY15. While the external audit of the County’s FY15 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is still a work in progress, staff believes that the information presented today is materially correct and accurate.

Albemarle County Ranks Seventh in the Nation for Delivering Digital Services
For the thirteenth year in a row, Albemarle County has been named among the top ten most technologically advanced, cutting edge county governments of its size in the U.S. by the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) in their 2015 Digital Counties Survey. Albemarle County, which competed with over 400 counties nationwide, ranks seventh in the nation in utilizing information technology to deliver high quality service to its customers and citizens based on a population category of 150,000 or less.

The Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center and Crozet Artisan Depot Hosts Joint Opening Celebration on October 9
This family-friendly event will feature local artisan exhibits, live music, and art activities for children

The community is cordially invited to join in the celebration on Friday, October 9th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., as the new Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center and Crozet Artisan Depot will host a grand opening extravaganza. Kicking off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and press conference, the grand opening festivities will include local artisan exhibits, live music, and art activities for children, compliments of Torn Paper Collage of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Chiles Peach Orchard will provide apple cider donuts, and Generations 102.3 FM will broadcast live from the event. Starr Hill Brewery is proud to join in the celebration by providing a discount all day on pint beers, at their tasting room located just down the road. Following the opening celebration will be an after-party with the Artisans, concluding at 8:00 p.m.

Albemarle County Announces Application Deadline for ACE Program
Applications accepted through October 31

Albemarle County is accepting applications through October 31, 2015 for the upcoming round of the Acquisition of Conservation Easements Program (ACE), a voluntary, non-regulatory program established to protect land and working farms in the rural area. Any landowner in the County whose land is worthy of protection after an ACE evaluation is eligible. This evaluation process system scores and ranks properties by 17 different criteria that measure conservation value including: 1) open space resources (such as size of parcel and whether it joins a permanently protected area); 2) threat of conversion to development and; 3) natural, cultural, historical or scenic resources (such as mountaintops, working family farms, important viewsheds, scenic highways and rivers, watersheds, productive soils and historically significant properties). Any property that scores a minimum of 20 points is eligible for consideration, however, properties in the applicant pool with the highest point total have the highest priority. The Program will pay up to 100% of easement value depending on an applicant’s average adjusted gross income over the previous 3 years.