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Dec 01

Property Owners to Receive Notice of Real Estate Assessment Change for 2023

Posted on December 1, 2022 at 1:46 PM by Christine Branch

Property Owners to Receive Notice of Real Estate Assessment Change for 2023

A Notice of Real Estate Assessment Change for 2023 will be mailed out to property owners beginning December 2nd. The notice is NOT A BILL. An FAQ is provided on the back of the notice with more information about the process and how to contact the Assessor with questions. 

The information is a culmination of a one-year process that started in October, 2021 when the Board of Supervisors retained Pearson’s Appraisal Services, Inc. to perform a reassessment of real property as required by the Code of Virginia. The firm conducted field work throughout 2022 and obtained current data on changes in market conditions.

King William County has not had a reassessment of real property since 2015. An attempt was made in 2020 with the hiring of another firm, Bright Minds, but the Board of Supervisors were dissatisfied with those findings and invalidated the reassessment due to numerous discrepancies. After properly putting the project out to bid, the Board retained Pearson’s to conduct the 2023 reassessment.

When residents receive their assessment notice, it is important to understand it is NOT a tax bill. It is an advisement of the reassessment data obtained by Pearson’s. As required by the Code of Virginia §58.1.3201, the property has been assessed at 100 percent of fair market value. It’s also important to note that the figures shown will not reflect elderly or disabled tax relief and may not represent any supplemented or abated amounts. Again, the notice is simply letting the property owner know of Pearson’s assessment findings.

If you receive a notice and are not the owner of the property, State law requires you to forward the notice immediately to the last known address of the property owner. Failure to do so is subject to penalties and fines. (Code of Virginia § 58.1-3330).

The notices will contain the tax map/parcel ID number, account number, district, acreage (#AC/LOT), 911 address, and legal description. They will also contain information for the last three tax years beginning in 2021 including land value, building value, land use value (if applicable), total taxable value, and the percentage change in value from the previous year. Depending on where the property is located, it then lists the County and School or County and Town tax rates for each year and the total rate. The “Levy” box shows the amount of tax that was levied for that year. 

Because the tax rate for 2023 has not yet been set by the Board of Supervisors, the rate and levy boxes for that year contain asterisks (*). The 2023 County and School tax rates will be set during the FY24 Budget process. A Public Hearing on those rates is currently scheduled for March 27, 2023. The West Point Town Council sets the Town’s rate and meets separately from the Board of Supervisors.

If, after reviewing the notice, a resident disagrees with Pearson’s assessed value, they may appeal on one or more of the following grounds:  

  • Fair Market Value – The property is assessed greater or less than its Fair Market Value.
  • Lack of Uniformity – The property assessment is out of line with generally similar properties.
  • Factual Errors – Assessment is based upon inaccurate information concerning the property. 

To schedule an appeal with the Assessor, call 804-769-3027 between 8:30am-4:30pm Monday through Friday or email assessor@kingwilliamcounty.us. The last day to schedule an appeal with the Assessor is December 23, 2022. Mail correspondence to: Assessor, 180 Horse Landing Rd #4, King William, VA 23086 postmarked by December 23, 2022 or earlier. 

Bring any documentation you may have with you to your appointment, which will last approximately 15 minutes. Appointments will be scheduled through January 16, 2023. During the appeal appointment, values may be raised or lowered to obtain equalization if required.

After January 16, 2023, owners who continue to disagree with the reassessment results may appeal to the Board of Equalization by downloading an application from the County website – kingwilliamcounty.us, emailing appeals@kingwilliamcounty.us, or calling 804-769-4927 between 8:30am-4:30pm Monday through Friday to receive an application. The last day to submit applications to the Board of Equalization is March 3, 2023. Mail correspondence to: BOE Appeal, 180 Horse Landing Rd #4, King William, VA 23086 postmarked by March 3, 2023 or earlier. A hearing date will be scheduled and you will be contacted by US Mail. The first hearings cannot begin until March 20, 2023 in accordance with County Code §70-46.

The actual tax bills for 2023 will be sent out in the spring of 2023 and will be due on June 5 and December 5, 2023. Those bills will reflect the tax rate set by the Board of Supervisors in April 2023.

The Board of Supervisors is also working with County Staff and the Commissioner of the Revenue to establish an in-house Assessor’s Office within the County. This would enable property to be reassessed more regularly while also capturing any new construction that is happening at a steady pace throughout King William County. 

 

DEQ Public Notice on Release of Treated Wastewater

Public Notice – Environmental Permit 

PURPOSE OF NOTICE: To seek public comment on a draft permit from the Department of Environmental Quality that will allow the release of treated wastewater into a water body in King William County, Virginia. 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: December 5, 2022, to January 4, 2023 

PERMIT NAME: Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit – Wastewater issued by DEQ pursuant to applicable water laws and regulations 

APPLICANT NAME, ADDRESS AND PERMIT NUMBER: King William County Public Schools; P.O. Box 185, King William, Virginia 23086; VA0023914 

FACILITY NAME AND LOCATION: Hamilton-Holmes Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP); 18544 King William Road, King William, Virginia 23086 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: King William County Public Schools has applied for reissuance of a permit for the public Hamilton-Holmes WWTP. The applicant proposes to release treated sewage wastewaters at a rate of 20,000 gallons per day into a water body. Sludge from the treatment process will be transported by a licensed contract hauler for treatment at a permitted facility. The facility proposes to release the treated wastewater in an unnamed tributary of Acquinton Creek in King William County in the York River watershed. A watershed is the land area drained by a river and its incoming streams. The permit will limit the following pollutants to amounts that protect water quality: physical and chemical properties, nutrients, organic matter, solids, bacteria, and inorganics. 

HOW TO COMMENT AND/OR REQUEST A PUBLIC HEARING: DEQ accepts comments and requests for public hearing on the draft permit by hand-delivery, e-mail, fax or postal mail. All comments and requests must be in writing and be received by DEQ during the comment period. DEQ must receive hand delivery and postal mail by close of business and email and fax comments by 11:59 p.m. on the last day of the comment period. Submittals must include the names, mailing addresses or email addresses of the commenter/requester and of all persons represented by the commenter/requester. A request for public hearing must also include: 1) The reason why a public hearing is requested. 2) A brief, informal statement regarding the nature and extent of the interest of the requester or of those represented by the requestor, including how and to what extent such interest would be directly and adversely affected by the permit. 3) Specific references, where possible, to terms and conditions of the permit with suggested revisions. A public hearing may be held, including another comment period, if public response is significant, based on individual requests for a public hearing, and there are substantial, disputed issues relevant to the permit. 

CONTACT FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS, DOCUMENT REQUESTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Ben Cunningham; Piedmont Regional Office, 4949-A Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060; Phone: (804) 659-2686; E-mail: benjamin.cunningham@deq.virginia.gov; Fax: (804) 698-4178. The public may review the draft permit and application at the DEQ office named above by appointment or may request copies of the documents from the contact person listed above.

 

King William High School Football Excels Again

Congratulations to the King William High School football team for another great playoff run in 2022.

Coach Scott Moore’s squad defended its 2021 state championship admirably before losing to Poquoson, 14-7, on November 25.

Congratulations to all players, coaches, cheerleaders, parents, and fans!

 

Claiborne, Wake Forest Will Compete in Bowl Game in December

Former King William High School standout Demond Claiborne is wrapping up his freshman year with Wake Forest University.

Claiborne has played in 9 of the 12 games for the Demon Deacons, rushing for 57 yards on nine carries. He also caught one pass.

Wake Forest finished 7-5 and will find out December 4 what bowl game it will be attending. Another neat experience for Claiborne to wrap up an outstanding freshman season.

Nov 03

Four King William County Bridges Need Repairs to Accommodate Vehicle Passage

Posted on November 3, 2022 at 5:12 PM by Christine Branch

Four King William County Bridges Need Repairs to Accommodate Vehicle Passage

Some excellent research by the Staff of the Middle Peninsula Planning District (MPPD) unveils there are numerous bridges throughout the district that are in dire need of repair, many with no funding dedicated for that purpose in the near future.

VDOT is responsible for the repair and upkeep of bridges in the Commonwealth. The list discussed at the most recent meeting of the MPPD by its members revealed 21 bridges have posted weight restrictions looking to be put on a schedule for upgrade.

King William County has four bridges on the list, Route 600, Route 629, Route 701, and Route 618. The other bridges were shared by four other Middle Peninsula localities, with Essex having seven and King & Queen having eight.

MPPD Staff presented a future funding schedule for repairs to some of the bridges as identified by VDOT. None of the four King William bridges are on the list for funding in the near future. Only Route 618 is currently at risk for some vehicles to cross which includes fire trucks, garbage trucks, plow trucks, cement trucks, dump trucks, and 40-ton tractor trailers.

The information will be shared with Delegate Brian Hodges, who represents the Northern District localities. The King William County Board of Supervisors will lobby the State Legislature for additional funding to include Route 618 and the other bridges in an updated funding plan.

 

Board of Social Work Speeds Up Licensure Process

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced October 26 the Virginia Board of Social Work has enacted regulations that will speed up the process by which a social worker from another state can receive a license in Virginia.

Caitlyn Frolo of WSET-TV penned an article that highlighted the significance of the Governor’s announcement, which will now allow a licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Master’s Social Worker, or a Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker licensed in another state to obtain a license in Virginia. This can be done by providing verification they have a license in good standing in another state and by providing verification of passing the exam at the same level they are seeking licensure for in Virginia.

This is great news for all localities in Virginia who are having trouble attracting licensed social services employees. The new regulations, according to Frolo’s article, reach out further by simplifying the process for social workers with an expired or inactive Virginia license to regain their license and re-enter the workforce.

A 2021 report by the Virginia Health Care Foundation noted that Virginia ranks 39th among states for access to mental health care and 93 of Virginia’s 133 localities are federally-designated Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas.

 

Success of State Septic & Well Program Causes Funds to be Depleted Ahead of Schedule

A program set up to help Virginia residents with septic tank issues is running out of money, according to state officials.

Mallory Noe-Payne of Radio IQ has penned an article reporting the Septic and Well Assistance Program (SWAP) has had to stop accepting applications because the response has been “incredible.” 

The program has already finished almost 40 projects, with another 73 under construction according to Noe-Payne’s article. There are still 140 projects waiting.

SWAP Director Nicole Sandberg is quoted as saying the $11 million for the program that was part of COVID-19 relief funds will be spent 2.5 years ahead of schedule, with over 600 people being assisted.

Nearly a million Virginia families have septic systems at home, with a large number in King William County.

 

Many Bird Populations Reaching ‘Tipping Point’ for Existence

Part of the beauty of rural counties such as King William is the presence of wildlife and a rustic landscape.

Everett Eaton of the Virginia-Pilot has researched that many bird populations are reaching their “tipping point,” with many of the species coming as a surprise.

Eaton reports more than half of bird populations are sharply declining across the United States, and dozens have been added as tipping point species, which are close to being threatened or endangered because they have lost half or more of their populations in the past 50 years.

One of the birds on the list is the Heermann’s gull, as well as the black-footed and Laysan albatross, petrels, and the red-faced cormorant, according to Eaton. The report also lists many wetland birds and Eastern forest birds.

The beauty of a cardinal or blue jay seems to be protected for now, but with a greater focus than before on the environment, preserving fowl and wildlife needs to be a greater priority for future generations to enjoy.

 

Fuel Assistance Applications Being Accepted at King William DSS

Fuel assistance applications ae being accepted at King William County Social Services offices.

Fuel assistance includes home heating costs as well as furnace re-starts, late charges, delivery charges, installation charges, and connection or re-connection fees.

Details and applications can be found on the Virginia Department of Social Services website. Income guidelines do apply.

Oct 25

Public Reacts Favorably to Opening of Route 30 Dollar General Store

Posted on October 25, 2022 at 12:09 PM by Christine Branch

Public Reacts Favorably to Opening of Route 30 Dollar General Store

The new Dollar General store on Route 30 opened the weekend of October 14 and seems to be getting a good reception by those who have stopped by.

The store is the second one in King William County, with the other being along Route 360 in Central Garage.

The opening of a new retail store is always a win for our community. In the case of the new Dollar General, it is located in an area that will more easily serve residents who live and travel further up Route 30 on the road to West Point.

The store has plenty of parking and has easy access onto Route 30 in both directions. It also holds great economic value to the community.

For instance, the store will add business property to the real estate tax rolls, as well as personal property. It also collects state sales taxes that are returned in part to King William to assist with public education.

Another important component is the creation of jobs. Recent reports show that up to 85 percent of King William workers leave the county every day for their employment. Folks drawing a paycheck from Dollar General won’t have to do that, and it helps keep the unemployment rate at a modest level. Dollar General is currently hiring sales associates and managers at both County locations. You can learn more on their website.

So don’t be misled by the critics who say we don’t need another Dollar General because we already have one. The truth behind basic economics is any investment that provides more goods and services to our community and creates jobs is good each and every time.

 

Public Health Emergency Still in Effect for State Social Services Agencies

The State Department of Social Services has kept its Public Health Emergency (PHE) in effect to assist residents who need valuable services.

King William Social Services Director Amanda Tevis explained the PHE does not allow clients receiving Medicaid to be cut off from receiving benefits. A reduction in coverage cannot occur either, according to Tevis, no matter if the income levels increase for any client.

Tevis says she and other directors from the around the state are waiting on more permanent direction regarding client renewals. For now, King William recipients can rely on the benefits they were eligible for from earlier this year.

 

Kings Dominion Moving Toward Year-Round Opening

For those who enjoy the sights and sounds at Kings Dominion, get ready to have 12 months of opportunity.

Colleen Curran of the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on October 18 the mega theme park will operate year-round.

Weekend openings are planned in January, February, and early March, with regular hours throughout the rest of the year. According to Curran, KD will add 18 additional days, or nine weekends, to its schedule which includes special events like Winter Fest and Halloween Haunt.

Spokesman Mark Riddell of KD is quoted by Curran as saying: “This will increase value for our season pass holders and offer additional days for people to enjoy the park.”

Kings Dominion is a popular destination for King William residents, and it will put more pressure on Busch Gardens and the Meadow Event Park to offer more events in their normally off seasons.

 

La Nina Weather Pattern Predicts Warmer-Than-Average Winter

Everyone has their own weather source when it comes to speculating on how hard the upcoming winter might be.

USA Today likes to use La Nina as one of the main drivers of weather in the US and around the world.

La Nina is the climate pattern that shows a natural cycle marked by cooler-than-average ocean water in the central Pacific Ocean. It’s the opposite to the more well-known El Nino, which occurs when water in the Pacific Ocean is warmer than average.

La Nina is expected to persist through the winter. That means generally warmer-than-average temperatures are expected for much of the southern United States, as well as the Eastern Seaboard. Drought-like conditions are also expected in many parts of the south.

That doesn’t mean King William students won’t have a snow day or two. It just means riding their bicycles will be more regular than pulling their sleds.