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Phase 2 Parks & Recreation Details
During Phase 2, here's what you can expect from Albemarle County Parks.

Free Face Coverings for Pickup Around the County This Week!
Albemarle County staff will be stationed in the parking lots of elementary schools around the county this week to hand out free face coverings to our residents.

The Latest Coronavirus Information for Albemarle County
Forward Virginia Phase Two to begin Friday, June 5

The Latest Coronavirus Information - Phase 1
Effective Friday, May 15, Virginia will enter Phase 1 of the Forward Virginia plan to safely and gradually ease health restrictions while containing the spread of COVID-19. Read Governor Northam’s Executive Order 61 and review the guidance for businesses to familiarize yourself with what you might expect for the next few weeks.

Albemarle County Local Government has continued its operations since mid-March, shifting our workforce to telework wherever possible, while supporting our community’s emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While our doors have been closed to the public, we have continued to provide many of the same programs and services. For that reason, Phase 1 will not bring many changes for Albemarle County.


Apply For and Renew Real Estate Tax Relief
Albemarle County offers real estate tax relief to elderly and/or permanently disabled persons. If you received tax relief last year, you must file your application or certification renewal by May 16 to determine your eligibility priort to the June 30, 2020 tax bills.

Nelsie Birch Named Chief Financial Officer for Albemarle County
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors named Nelsie Birch as the incoming Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The CFO directly oversees Albemarle County’s financial systems, which support the nearly $400 million annual budget, and the supporting functions of accounting, payroll, purchasing, real estate, and revenue administration. Ms. Birch will assume this role effective June 29, 2020, following the retirement of Bill Letteri. 

Vote Absentee in the June 23rd Primary Elections
If you would like to vote in the upcoming primary, the Albemarle County Electoral Board and Department of Voter Registration strongly recommends voting absentee by mail to minimize risk of infection and to adhere to CDC guidelines of social distancing.

Tax Deadline Extensions and 2020 Tax Rate Approved by the Board of Supervisors
Today, the Board of Supervisors passed an emergency ordinance extending several tax deadlines due to the impact of COVID-19 and set the tax rate for the year 2020.

Board of Supervisors Approves Microloan Program for Albemarle Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
Today, the Board of Supervisors approved a $200,000 contribution to the Business Recovery Fund, a microloan program that provides financial relief to small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Board of Supervisors Authorizes Executing a Development Agreement for Albemarle Business Campus
Today, the Board of Supervisors authorized the County Executive to execute a development agreement to form a public-private partnership with 5th Street Forest, LLC for the Albemarle Business Campus, a mixed-use proposal at the corner of 5th St. Extended and Old Lynchburg Road.

Board of Supervisors Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Process Update
Public Hearing on Calendar Year 2020 Tax Rate
The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hold two public hearings on Monday, April 13, 2020, beginning at 6 pm online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The County Executive has recommended that the Board of Supervisors postpone the Public Hearing on the Fiscal Year 2021 Proposed Budget until May 6, but proceed with the Public Hearing on the Calendar Year 2020 Tax Rate. Read on to learn more about the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget process.

Board of Supervisors Virtual Meeting Details
Reminder: The Board of Supervisors will have their next regular meeting Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 at 5 pm . Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this will be the first virtual meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

Grant Opportunity for Albemarle Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
25 grants will be awarded to local businesses to assist in implementing infrastructure for COVID-19.

Albemarle County Passes Ordinance Extending the Deadline to Apply for Property Tax Exemption
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance to extend the deadline in consideration of the effects of COVID-19.

Resources for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Our Office of Economic Development has assembled a list of resources to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19.

COVID-19 Cancellations and Modifications
Please click the title for a full list of modified/cancelled events, meetings, programs, and reservations in response to COVID-19.

Temporary Procedures for Visitors to Our Offices
To protect our staff and the public, Albemarle County is instituting temporary procedures in an effort to reduce transmission within our offices. If you cannot complete business with Albemarle County on the web or by phone, please note the following changes. Visit before you come in to see all of the services we offer online.

Statement from Chair Ned Gallaway on the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Process
In my capacity as Chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, I have asked County Executive Jeff Richardson to bring forward at the work session on Tuesday, March 17, a revised budget schedule that will delay further activity on the budget process and extend the schedule such that the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget will not be adopted on April 20, as originally planned.

Update: Albemarle County continues to monitor and plan for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community.
Albemarle County continues to monitor guidance from the CDC and VDH. There are no known cases of COVID-19 in our community at this time. Read on to learn more about what Albemarle County is doing to respond to COVID-19.

Albemarle County Issues Declaration of Local Emergency for COVID-19
Albemarle County Executive Jeff Richardson has issued a Declaration of Local Emergency in response to the COVID-19 Virus, effective Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 5:00 pm. This declaration follows Governor Northam’s State Declaration of Emergency. A local declaration allows our community to access resources during a public health crisis, such as this.

Albemarle County continues to monitor and plan for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community.
What is Albemarle County doing to prepare?  
Public safety agencies use a structure called the Incident Management Team (IMT) to plan for and respond to major incidents, including severe weather, public health incidents like COVID-19, or planned large-scale events. The IMT structure allows us to efficiently direct resources and coordinate across organizations. The IMT is meeting at least weekly but will adjust meeting frequency to address our community’s needs. 

Albemarle County’s IMT has developed a multi-phased plan, in alignment with guidance from the CDC, on what measures to take and when to reduce the spread of disease and to maintain our business operations. The plan was developed in coordination with Albemarle County Public Schools and our regional health and public safety partners and is being revised continuously to adapt to the needs we see to achieve our goals -- 
  • Reduce transmission among staff 
  • Protect people who are at higher-risk for adverse health complications 
  • Maintain essential services for the public 
The phases of the plan are designed to respond to what happens locally – from the current planning phase through to if local cases are reported. 

Court Square Community Conversations
Over the past several decades, Court Square - Circuit Courthouse Grounds, has become host to memorials and historic objects in Albemarle’s history. This important public space has not been curated to craft a narrative and to do so, we need your help. As a community, we need to have conversations about what's important to us, what do we want this space to say about us, what do we want to project today and moving forward, and how do we do that at Court Square.
Please join us for a series of educational tours, listening sessions, and community panels from February through May, to tour this space, develop a shared understanding of its full history, and explore together what the future could hold.