Bedford County officials today are expected to decide whether to increase the real estate tax. If approved, it will be the first rate increase in 12 years. In March, The Board of Supervisors voted to advertise a 3-cent real estate tax rate hike for Fiscal Year 2015 set to begin July 1. Sources say the increase faced opposition and gained some support from residence at a public hearing last week. The board has a work session, before voting during the 7:30 p.m. meeting
A Lynchburg man will spend the next nine plus years in prison for abduction and other charges. Floyd Wesley Bouldin III was charged with breaking into a home, holding up his child’s mother at gunpoint and forcing her to drive to their child’s day care. Bouldin pleaded not guilty to the charges in October; arguing that he had permission to be at the house and that the altercation was one the victim started—he was found guilty for abduction, burglary, strangulation causing bodily injury, possessing a firearm as a felon and using a firearm while committing a felony; he was also convicted of six misdemeanor counts of violating protective orders. The judge sentence Bouldin on Friday to 48 years on all felony counts and suspended the time after nine years served, adding 180 days on the six misdemeanors.
It is increasingly clear that Virginia’s budget impasse is going to be a long, drawn-out affair, with little apparent chance of any resolution until late June at the earliest. That’s opening the door for more outside groups to run broadcast ads either for or against Medicaid expansion in Virginia. Legislators have not yet set a date to return to Richmond and attempt to find a budget agreement. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Statement on the Budget Impasse:
Over the past two months, I have traveled across the Commonwealth and met with hardworking Virginians who are caught in the health care coverage gap. These are people who do not qualify for Medicaid, but cannot afford health insurance on the federal exchange. These Virginians, as well as local business leaders, healthcare providers, and public safety officials have urged Virginia’s elected officials to put partisan politics aside and close the coverage gap. But as of today, our legislature is nearly five weeks past their deadline of passing a budget. As the body responsible for negotiating a budget, the General Assembly has failed to deliver on one of the primary duties they were elected to fulfill.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia’s attorney general has told an appellate court reviewing a judge’s ruling that the state’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional that homosexuals have just as much right to marry as interracial heterosexual couples. Attorney General Mark Herring made the argument in a brief filed Friday in the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Arguments are set for May 13. Herring is backing two gay couples who filed the lawsuit. He says in the brief that the judge who struck down the ban in February was correct in citing the 1967 Supreme Court case that invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Herring says the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause protects the fundamental right to marry and trumps the states’ authority to decide the issue.
The Central Virginia Community College Altavista Center will be relocating. CVCC’s president says the campus is not leaving the community, but is looking at two other locations within the town to hold classes. The Altavista Journal reports, the reason for the change is because the cost at the current facility is outpacing the revenue; due in part, to a drop in student enrollment. The College has off-site centers in Amherst, Appomattox and Bedford counties. In Campbell County, an early-college program is offered at the Technical Center in Yellow Branch–the Altavista Center opened in 2001. A new location is expected to be decided on in time for the fall class schedule to be publicized.
The weather coupling of warm, dry air along with gusty winds means an enhanced fire danger for the Lynchburg area. According to the National Weather Service, conditions today are creating an increased risk of fires across the region. In fact ALL Virginia residents are reminded that open burning is prohibited before 4 pm each day through April 30th. Accidental escaped debris burns are the number one cause of wildfires; and with wind gust between 15 and 25 mph this afternoon, experts are urging citizens to exercise caution handling any potential ignition source, including properly discard all smoking materials.
Smith Mountain Lake residents and businesses will be pulling together…to pull out unwanted debris from around the lake. The 27th annual “Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake” clean-up day will be held on the first Saturday in May. There will be nine debris drop-off sites in Franklin and Bedford County. An estimated 1,000 or more people have participated in the clean-up effort in past years. The event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on May 3rd. Volunteers can play a part individually, as a group or organization; participants will be provided supplies. Registration for the event is taking place until April 21st. CLICK HERE to learn more about the event or to sign up to help.