KW Planning Director foresees no staff increases
King William, VA , July 27th, 2017
Bucking a disturbing trend seen throughout government at all levels, KW County Planning Director Wally Horton said that the current budget and staffing levels in his department are sufficient for its responsibilities.
“We've got very good people in all our positions,” he said, “and if needed, we can shift some duties around.”
This declaration of financial responsibility was applauded by attendees at Thursday evening's meeting of the King William Tea Party, dedicated to cutting government spending and passing along savings to taxpaying citizens.
Horton's presentation showed how the department helps protect the county's natural resources and quality of life through developing and recommending growth management strategies.
This, he said, “encourages community growth through sound land use development practices.”
Bob Shannon, the group's founder, repeated the familiar charge of documented history of prior mismanagement in the county's government in general and the Planning Department in particular.
“Over the last decade several major blow ups ended up costing KW tax payers millions of dollars,” he said, “from the water /sewer issues, to the pumping station fiasco at a local subdivision to the Urban Development Grants that caused King William to have to comply with some highly questionable zoning rules.”
Horton, who took over the top spot in fall of 2016, detailed several initiatives to specifically address these concerns including tightening the release of Surety Bonds and multi-agency cooperation in evaluating plans and monitoring progress of major developments. .
County Supervisors Bob Ehrhart (Mangohick) and Dave Hansen (Manquin) who were in the audience, commended Horton on the record thus far of his department's efficiency and avoiding what some characterize as 'good ole boy practices' of the past.
King William County's Planning Department is responsible for long-range planning for land use and transportation and for reviewing and updating the County's Comprehensive Plan, Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances. It is also responsible for processing and reviewing land disturbance and zoning permits, rezoning, conditional use and special exception requests, plans of development, subdivision proposals and erosion and sediment control for the County. Planning staff also provides support to the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and the Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board on matters involving long-range planning and development review policy. More information at http://kingwilliamcounty.us/departments-and-services/planning-department/
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*************************************************************************************************** As the old Adage goes "The road to hell is paved with good intentions"
Pick up your phone, get on your computer and send Greenwood Moskalski and Hodges an e-mail,
show up at these publically posted meetings and speak up--------or plan on opening up your wallets
again when these new planned wasteful projects bills come due. Public opinion is turning in our favor,
now is not the time to take our collective foots off the gas.
Middle Peninsula Planning District Meeting; where the following was announced:
This project looks to conceptually link the six counties of the Middle Peninsula using the Microwave - E911 Communications systems (or other technology approaches) to create a regional broadband network to deliver broadband services across the Middle Peninsula region under one unified platform. Localities for evaluation include: Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews, and Middlesex Counties.'
... Assembled RFP review committee to rank and score received proposals under the DHCD broadband planning grant. Design Nine was selected as the preferred consulting firm for the planning and assessment work.'
It is the understanding, that the Pamunkey Tribal Council has approved the program using Federal Funding (NO funding is needed from King William citizens).
What a shame, that the folks within our County government and the King William County EDA who knew this 'public information' on May 15th; could not share this information with us prior to the Supervisors of Districts 1, 2, and 3 including $230,000 in the 2018 County Budget for Broadband on Monday May 22nd. Anyone want to take bets, as to the Budget $230,000 being returned to the Taxpayers of King William.
The verification documentation to the aforementioned can be found on line at the MPPDC website page 25 of the MPPDC Executive Director's Report of Regional Progress dated May 15, 2017 or contact the Executive Director of the MPPDC at LLawrence@mppdc.com.
As long as you are talking or typing to the MPPD "Ask" How The All Hazards Mitigation Plan will change how you use your property with the newly added Sea Level rise plus 6 feet.
Subject:K.W Supervisors exhibit indifference to Conservatives concerns.
The budget discussions are fixated on how to spend the increasing amount
of anticipated new revenue, and the unassigned reserve fund balance of
$8,000,000.00 . No mention of lowering taxes and returning the excess to
taxpayer’s. 17 months ago voters sent a loud & clear message by throwing
3 incumbent Supervisors out of office.
Pay raises, a half dozen new vehicles, fringe benefits that are out of control
and more dough to the bloated public sector pensions. Supervisor Hodges
made a campaign pledge to “pick up the pennies” a rather sophomoric
reference that he would be a good steward of the public’s money. In 17
months he has gone from picking up pennies to casually throwing money
away by the bucketful.
You can pick up the phone or stand still like sheep being led to slaughter.
Broadband consultants collect hefty fees as
they push taxpayer-supported networks
If you build it, they will come.
It’s not just fictional Iowa corn farmer Ray Kinsella hearing those words.
More and more, local governments across the country are getting such positive feedback
from consultants, who recommend the construction of expensive taxpayer- or ratepayer-supported
broadband networks with promises the moves will attract businesses and improve the area’s
quality of life.
Kelly McCutchen, president of Georgia Public Policy Foundation, said unlike government leaders,
consultants can’t be held accountable for the results by voters.
“They’ll tell them they can do it cheaper, and it’s not based in reality,” McCutchen told Watchdog.
“And taxpayers are left holding the bag.”
“Typically these consultants are the only ones that come out good on these deals,” he said.
He points to Marietta, which sold its FiberNet broadband system at a loss of $24 million in
2004. Its fiber-optic system, stretching from Kennesaw to Alpharetta and partially into Atlanta,
had all of 180 customers along its 210-mile route when the city got rid of it.
Bill Dunaway, then the mayor, who ran on a platform that included dumping FiberNet, told
USA Today the city couldn’t keep up with the necessary equipment upgrades.
“That’s why we should not be in this business — you have to keep reinvesting,” he said.
Taxpayer Funded Broadband Is A Waste of Money by Ross Marchand on 2017-01-24
Across the country, taxpayer-funded broadband systems have been failing at
an alarming rate. In examining a regional initiative to bring municipal broadband
to sixteen cities, the Utah state legislature found extensive budget overruns,
construction delays, and lack of consumer demand. Taxpayers in Provo, Utah are
still on the line for their broadband system’s $40 million debt, after the
government sold the network to Google for $1. Orlando, Fla. had a failed 17-month
stint with a public Wi-Fi network, which cost the city about $1,800 a month and
only serviced 30 users daily.
Subject:Broadband Committee Deception-----Is it by design? .
Over the years I have learned the nuances of the not so clever advocates for
bigger government, often motivated by a design to off load expenses that
otherwise would be partially or entirely funded by themselves…..if not for
their recognition that grant money is possibly available to further their aims.
Issuing Bonds (new debt) is also under consideration to help pay for this since
these same folks are often shielded by a myriad of tax exemptions that
minimize their share of the costs in paying back the debt. These advocates
are republicans and democrats, in equal proportion.
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************************************************************************************************** The Mindset of Our Elected Officials
1. Support the continuation of increased State funding for the K-12 Education
2.Support equal authority among all of the counties to levy & collect a tobacco tax
3.Enable counties , on the initiative and action by their governing bodies, to
establish a meals tax, without referendum, at a rate not to exceed 8 percent.
Let's invite King William taxpayers to see for themselves the mindset of our elected
officials. 16 States have experienced declining school age populations and " increased funding"
as if no consideration should be even weighed as to KW student population projections.......just
increase the funding ?
The second and third both note either a new tax or authority to raise an existing one ( meals tax).
The special wording----WITHOUT REFERENDUM--- is worth highlighting since it clearly embodies
the mentality that citizens should shut up and just sit down............"we know what's best for you"
This is a textbook example of why I have driven the issue of the G.A passing Referendum Reform here
in Virginia. The Wall St. Journal cited 2 years ago in an article discussing the various states laws
on Citizen driven referendums, and called out Virginia ,stating " Virginia's referendum laws are from
the dark ages" Perhaps this might make a interesting topic for the local newspapers who might have
some interest in exposing why the G.A drags their feet, when citizens want more control over local
taxing/spending related issues. It is not without note that they included that very specific language"
without referendum" in their letter.
These Board members continue to cite the " state mandates" that drive spending up in localities
being forced to spend money to satisfy these mandates forced upon them. Perhaps I missed it....but
do you see any mention of asking the G.A to freeze or eliminate any of these mandates they like to
whine about ? Or is it perhaps just a convenient excuse they roll out again and again when they raise
School Spending Will Increase This Year In Spite Of Falsehoods Promoted By Chairman Greenwood
Greenwood Called A Reduction In Debt Service Payments A Spending Cut
Greenwood Campaigned And Told Voters He Intended To Cut Spending
Greenwood Claimed - The Level Of Funding Initially Proposed By The State And Later Reduced
A "Spending Cut" To The School Budget
-------------The Facts Tell A Different Story------------------
Kw County Schools Will Spend Hundreds Of ThousandsMore This Year
Than Last Year------Greenwood Is Misleading Citizens, And He Knows It! Does A School System With 4 Schools Really Need A Superintendent And
An Assistant Superintendent? These 2 Positions Alone Account For Almost $300,000 In Annual Salaries /Benefits !
Kw County Has An Excessive Reserve Fund Of Some 6.4 Million Dollars?
The .02 Reduction In The Real Estate Tax Rate Is Nothing More Than A Loan Of Your Money To Give A Home Owner A $38 Reduction In His/Her Tax Bill Greenwood Borrowed (From You) $38 To Give You A $38 Tax Reduction On Your Tax.
-------------Does That Make Any Sense To You?--------------
Why Does The B.O.S Keep Such A Large Reserve Balance? To Fund Their Pet Projects And Wish List Items This Is Why Government Spending Is Out Of Control.
The Solution----Reduce The Reserve Fund Level Permanently.
If Citizens Allow Them To Keep This Large Balance - Just What Will They Do?
Supervisor Greenwood , Moskalski And Hodges Voted To Fund A New Regional
Government Economic Commission With Your Tax Dollars This - In Spite Of Not Answering The Following Question........ What Do We Have To Show For The $200,000 Spent In The Last 10 Years
On An " Economic Consultant " Where Did That Money Go, To Whom And For Just What
------------- Specifically ? ------------
Either They Can Not Or Will Not Answer That Question---We've Tried
So Why Throw More Of Our Hard Earned Money In Another
85% Of The Money Will Be Spent On Salaries /Benefits For Another
Government Entity With Nothing To Show For It, No Different Than The Last
10 Years And $200,000 Already Spent That They Refuse To Account For !
The Richmond Times-Dispatch obtained local,
state and government employees’ names,
job titles and salaries using the state’s Freedom of Information statute. As
required by law, the governments and school
systems provided information for more than
The FOI request for the fiscal year that
began July 1, 2013, and ended June 31, 2014,
is part of The Times-Dispatch’s
ongoing effort to report to you findings about
government spending and the use of taxpayer
money. The newspaper used the data
to create this searchable database.
The Times-Dispatch removed part-time workers
and those reported as less than $10,000 a year
before calculating the median salary of $44,056.
The names of employees who fall below that median
are not included in the online database.
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(This will put you on the last page of the King William
county information. Click on "Search Again" to view other
local county salaries)
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Left Picture - Bret Schardein, King William County's Director of Community Development and Right - 4th District (Manquin) Supervisor David Hansen and
3rd District (Aylett) Supervisor Stephen
“Affordable housing” project questioned at KWTP meeting.
King William, Va., 24 Mar 16. In a presentation to the King William TEA Party, Bret Schardein, King William County's
Director of Community Development, detailed the permit review process for King William Manor and King William Place, a
proposed high-density, multi-level housing project near the Central Crossing intersection of Route 360 and 30.
Packett Developers/Mark-Dana Corporation seeks to build up to 208 rental apartments and 20 town homes to provide “affordable
housing” for low to moderate income individuals, families, and seniors, raising concerns from some over how this might impact
the quality of life in the area, home values, traffic congestion, as well as strain on county schools, social services and law enforcement.
“There are four main areas of the review,” Schardein said, “traffic, utilities, demand, and property values.”
While explaining each of these, he fielded questions and comments from the attendees, including 3rd District (Aylett) Supervisor Stephen
Greenwood and 4th District (Manquin) Supervisor David Hansen.
Among concerns voiced by Hansen were the initial plan characterizing the county as “blighted,” and problematic changes that
are likely to be required as a result of the developer applying for government assistance or other financing. These include VHDA (
Virginia Housing Development Authority) for financing through their senior and workforce tax credit affordable housing programs.
Greenwood pointed out that the developer's original plans, presented to the Board of Supervisors back in August 2015 and recently
approved on a 3 to 2 vote, will have to go back through the entire process of public comment and official review if there are notable
This will give King William's citizens – particularly those previously unaware of this project – the opportunity to weigh
in pro or con.
Documentation of the developer's original PowerPoint presentation as well as additional information is available on KWTP's website
KWTP's info packed meetings are open to all citizens of good will. They begin promptly at 7 PM and you'll be out by 8. Usually held on
the second and fourth Thursdays each month at the Upper King William Library. “If we can't even bring taxes and spending under
control in King William, there's no hope for America.” More information at www.kwteaparty.com
King William "TEA" Party
(Taxed Enough Already)
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2. The ads and inserts you see and get in the local Newspapers.
3. Some of our Meetings call for space to be paid for.
Not a penny of the Donations goes to a salary for any of our volunteers and officiers.
In fact they donate their materials, time and talent without protest and all for a reward
of knowing they are among the last defenders of the freedoms we were given by our Founding Fathers.
If our Tax Dollars were spent in like manner - There would be no National Debt.