Stafford County will adapt its method of holding meetings on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, including the budget public hearing at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will no longer be held in the Board Chambers, and there will be no mechanism besides the online form for citizens to use to participate. Due to recent recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control, the Board of Supervisors members will participate in a virtual meeting that will be televised and streamed live. The Board feels it is imperative to limit exposure to the public, the Board and staff.
“We know this is not ideal. Our Board places a strong emphasis on transparency and engaging the public,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Meg Bohmke. “But our number one priority is to keep everyone safe.”
The County is required by the State Code to hold a budget public hearing at least seven days prior to the adoption of the budget each year. Additionally, if the advertised tax rate exceeds the equalized tax rate in reassessment years, a public hearing is required.
How can I view the meeting?
Stafford County stresses the importance of staying home during this emergency period. As always, Stafford County streams the meeting online by visiting www.staffordcountyva.gov. It is always viewable on Comcast Channel 23, Cox Channel 90 and Verizon Channel 39. In addition, we have begun to stream our meetings on Facebook Live, though comments provided on Facebook will not be considered as public comments.
How can I participate in the public hearing with the declared health emergency?
An online form is accessible by visiting www.staffordcountyva.gov/publichearings. You must fill out this form for it to be provided to the Board and be part of the official record. The form will is accessible now and will be until the close of public comments on April 21, 2020. The Budget Public Hearing scheduled for April 7, 2020, is for allowing the public to make a comment on any matter pertaining to the FY 2021 Budget, the 2020 tax rates, Water and Sewer Fees and the FY 2021 – FY 2025 Capital Improvement Plan.
Again, there will be no provision for public participation in person at the Government Center.
Any questions, please contact 540-658-8600.