Albemarle County Discusses 35-Year-Old Revenue Sharing Deal with Charlottesville

Posted: Updated: Aug 09, 2017 09:03 PM
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The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors discussed a report that says a 35-year-old deal with Charlottesville is blocking the city from expanding its borders and costing taxpayers.

The purpose of Wednesday’s discussion is to bring the community up-to-date with the revenue sharing agreement and why it exists. Supervisors think the agreement is beneficial to both the city and the county, but some who live in the county don't agree.

The Free Enterprise Forum released a "hindsight report" on Aug. 1. The report compares 15 years of Albemarle County tax revenue with payments the county made to the city as part of its revenue sharing agreement.

"Yes we pay out a certain amount of money every year to prevent the city from annexing more land but if that agreement was not there the city would have encroached on county land today that has multiple million dollars of value," Rick Randolph of the Board of Supervisors said.

Value that some who live in the county say is costing people more money.

"This is money that's coming out of the pockets of residents every, for every $1,000, there's $1 coming out, so if your house is worth $250,000 you're paying $250,000 out of your own pocket, of your tax money," Phillip Fassieux, who lives in the county, said.

Fassieux hopes the BOS will establish an advisory council to look at actual ways to get out of the revenue sharing agreement.

Neil Williamson with the Free Enterprise Forum developed that report that shows data about the money that the city lost from that agreement

“There are issues within the revenue sharing agreement that I think could be refined including land use, including the pilot fund, that's the Albemarle users of Charlottesville gas. There are a lot of those types of issues,” Williamson said.

The report from the Free Enterprise Forum also says by not being able to expand its borders, Charlottesville missed out on nearly $92 million in tax revenue during those 15 years.

Williamson says a better understanding of the revenue sharing agreement is a better understanding for the community. Supervisors plan to discuss this with Charlottesville in September.

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