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Election Officers Needed in Albemarle County
Serve Your Community and Protect Democracy

Volunteers are needed in Albemarle County to serve as Election Officers in the precinct polling places for the upcoming March 1 Presidential Primary Election. This community service requires good reading, writing, and public relations skills. It also requires the strength to assist with polling place set up and the stamina to endure a long day. A stipend and training is provided.

Reassessment Notices Mailed on January 29th
Albemarle County is sending 2016 Change of Assessment notices to taxpayers this week reflecting changes in property values resulting from the County's recently completed annual reassessment.  The notice will show the new 2016 assessed values alongside the 2015 and 2014 values and tax amounts and provide the percent change in the proposed new tax levy as compared to each of the two previous year’s tax levies. The proposed tax levy is based on the new assessed value and the 2015 tax rate, since the 2016 tax rate is set by the Board of Supervisors at a later date. Any questions regarding the new assessment notice should be directed to the Office of the County Assessor.

Albemarle County Government Offices Delay Opening on January 25 Due to Inclement Weather
Albemarle County Government Offices will open at 10:00 AM on January 25 due to inclement weather.

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Albemarle County Local Government to Close Friday, January 22, 2016
Due to impending severe inclement weather, Albemarle County Local Government offices will be closed on Friday, January 22, 2016.

Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Should Prepare Now for Winter Weather
Most of Virginia is likely to experience a significant winter storm this Friday and Saturday. People should take actions now to be ready for possible power outages and challenging road conditions. This weekend’s forecast includes the potential for our area to receive more than a foot of snow and wind. Travel is expected to be severely limited, if not impossible during the height of the storm Friday night and Saturday. With these types of conditions we encourage all citizens to gather and update emergency supplies, pay close attention to weather forecast and prepare to hunker down until conditions improve

Commercial and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Dates Announced
The next special commercial hazardous waste collection day is Friday, April 1, 2016 from 10am – 12pm. The next Household Hazardous Waste Special Collection event will be held on Friday, April 1, 2016 from 2pm - 6pm and Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 9am - 2pm. For information on what items are accepted for this event, visit Additionally, three Amnesty Days will be held at Ivy Material Utilization Center on the following dates from 8:30am – 4pm each day:

Amnesty Item Collection Date
Furniture / Mattresses April 9, 2016
Appliances April 16, 2016
Tires April 23, 2016

County Offices Closed in Observance of Lee-Jackson Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Albemarle County Local Government offices, including Albemarle County Courts, the Commonwealth Attorney's Office, and Sheriff's Office will be closed on Friday, January 15, 2016 in observance of Lee-Jackson Day, and on Monday, January 18, 2016 in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The School Division will also be closed on Monday, January 18, 2016.

Albemarle County Acquisition of Conservation Easements Program Acquires Mt. Eagle Farm
2nd Highest Scoring Applicant in the Program’s History

Albemarle County is closing in on 9,000 acres permanently protected from development through its Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) program with the recent enrollment of Mt. Eagle Farm. Mt. Eagle is a 324 acre property with 6,900 feet along the Rivanna River, approximately 250 acres of fertile bottomland, 9,000 feet adjoining other easements, and 1,000 feet of frontage on Route 53, a major entrance corridor, making it an exceptionally valuable property to protect. These factors contributed to Mt. Eagle scoring as the second highest applicant in the program’s history.

Important Notice to Albemarle County Voters
March 1, 2016 Dual Presidential Primary Election Information

A dual Presidential Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, to nominate the Democratic and Republican candidates for the office of President of the United States. The names of the candidates for the Democratic and Republican Party nominations for the office of President of the United States will appear, respectively, on the Democratic and Republican ballots in all Albemarle County voting precincts. Voters will be required to choose to vote either the Democratic or Republican ballot, and may not vote both ballots. In addition, voters choosing to vote the Republican ballot will be required to sign a statement declaring, “My signature below indicates that I am a Republican.”  For more information regarding this statement, please contact the Republican Party of Virginia at: To view the Democratic and Republican ballots for the March 1 primary election visit and click on “Current Ballot.”

Albemarle County Attorney Announces Retirement
Larry Davis is announcing his retirement as County Attorney for Albemarle County effective June 1, 2016, bringing to a close over 22 years of service with the County and a total of 35 years of public service in local government. 

Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Appoint New Planning Commission Members
On Wednesday, January 6 the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors conducted its first meeting of 2016. As part of their organizational activities, they appointed the following members of the Planning Commission:
  • Daphne Spain was appointed as the Planning Commissioner for the Rivanna Magisterial District
  • Jennie More was appointed as the Planning Commissioner for the White Hall Magisterial District
  • Pam Riley was appointed as the Planning Commissioner for the Scottsville Magisterial District
  • Julia Monteith was re-appointed as the UVA Representative for the Planning Commission
  • J. Timothy Keller was re-appointed as the at-large Planning Commissioner

Albemarle County Announces New Organizational Structure for Department of General Services and Office of Facilities Development
Focus on Level of Service and Environment Remain Key Priorities

Albemarle County is announcing some important organizational changes designed to strengthen and improve service levels to our community, further develop our efforts towards protecting our natural resources, and address future urbanization needs. Effective February 2, 2016, the Department of General Services and the Office of Facilities Development (OFD) will be reorganized into one new department: The Department of Facilities and Environmental Services, with three divisions: Public Works, Environmental Services, and Project Management (formerly OFD). The current director of OFD, Trevor Henry, will become the director of the newly created Department of Facilities and Environmental Services.

Albemarle County Office of Management and Budget Receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
Albemarle County Office of Management and Budget has been awarded The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada’s (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its annual budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015. To receive this award, the budget document must receive top ratings as a policy document, a financial plan, an operation guide, and as a communication device. This marks the 10th year that Albemarle County has received this honor. Documents submitted to the Budget Awards Program are reviewed by selected members of the GFOA professional staff and by outside reviewers with experience in public-sector budgeting.

Albemarle County Attorney Selected as a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation Class of 2016
The Virginia Law Foundation, the charitable arm of Virginia's lawyers, has selected Albemarle County Attorney Larry W. Davis to become a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation. Each year the Foundation recognizes a group of Virginia lawyers, law professors and retired judges for their legal excellence and community involvement.

Board Selects New Chair, Vice Chair
The Board of Supervisors conducted its first meeting of 2016 and as part of their organizational activities they elected Liz Palmer, representative from the Samuel Miller District, to a one year term as Chair. Diantha McKeel representative from the Jack Jouett District, was elected as Vice Chair.