EDA Sets Priorities for Economic Growth & Development
The King William County Economic Development Authority met March 8 and established priorities moving forward.
The eight-member panel is charged with fostering economic growth and development in the County. Recently the Board of Supervisors approved the hiring of an Economic Development Director who would work closely with the EDA to carry out its mission.
The following priorities were the outcome of the March 8 meeting:
- Retain businesses.
- Find and purchase land the EDA would own and develop for commercial or industrial resale.
- Develop a website and/or possible GIS layer with available commercial properties for sale in the county.
- Advance utility expansion in the County.
- Recruit new businesses.
As other EDAs do throughout the Commonwealth, the members also want to learn more about the issuance of bonds and providing incentives for prospective companies.
The next meeting of the EDA is April 12 at 7p.m. in the Board Room of the County Administration Building.
Proposed Real Estate Tax Rate Will Drop King William Near the Bottom of Neighboring Localities
The FY ’24 Budget proposal was presented to the Board of Supervisors at its March 13 Work Session.
Following the reassessment of real estate over the last year, total values of property have been equalized to one percent as pledged by the Board of Supervisors last year. That drops the real estate tax rate from .835/$100 to .580/$100.
That rate, if finalized by the Board of Supervisors, will leave King William near the bottom of the region for real estate tax rates. Other local rates include:
Hanover County – 0.81
Caroline County – 0.77
Charles City County – 0.76
Essex County – 0.73
Gloucester County – 0.72.5
New Kent County – 0.67
Middlesex County – 0.62
King William County – 0.58
King & Queen County – 0.56
A public hearing on all tax rates will be held at 7p.m. Monday, April 24 in the Board Room.
King William County to Host Household Chemical Collections & Computer Recycling Event April 15
King William County will be one of two sites to host Household Chemical Collections & Computer Recycling for the Middle Peninsula.
Every year, the Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority (VPPSA) provides in the spring and fall an opportunity for residents to safely dispose of items such as computers, household maintenance items, automotive products, lawn and garden products, household cleaning products, and other miscellaneous items such as charcoal fluids, dyes, kerosene, pool chemicals, etc.
This year’s first event will be held on April 15 at King William High School from 8 a.m. – 12:00 Noon. Only residents from King William, Mathews, Middlesex, Essex, and King & Queen will be allowed to take advantage of this service. Proof of residency may be required.
There is no charge to the residents.
The second event will be in Mathews County this fall on August 19.
Should residents have questions, please contact VPPSA at (757) 259-9850 or click on www.vppsa.org. An informational brochure is available for download from the County website.
Information Chain Has Multiple Sources in King William Government
In this busy world where people get their information from a number of different sources, King William County Government offers several opportunities for people to keep up with local activities.
A number of measures to increase transparency and communicate with residents include: (1) Monthly Message; (2) Facebook; (3) Regular E-Newsletters; (4) Daily Headlines; (5) Twitter; and (6) Increased use of the website news flashes.
If online doesn’t work for you, sometimes the easiest way is to call me directly at (757) 608-9704 or email me at Percy.Ashcraft@kwc.gov.
Transparency and citizen service are always the first priorities.