Friday, May 19, 2017

Councilwoman Ellen F. Robertson to hold a Special Meeting honoring the Community Service of Annie Giles for the Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District

RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
Richmond City Council – Richmond City Hall - 900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305 - Richmond, Virginia  23219 U.S.A.  - www.council.richmondva.gov

COUNCIL PUBLIC INFORMATION NEWS RELEASE
IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO BE FORWARDED AND SHARED
Friday, 19 May 2017

Councilwoman Ellen F. Robertson to hold a Special Meeting honoring the Community Service of Annie Giles for the Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District

All Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District residents invited and encouraged to attend.
         
WHAT         (Richmond, Virginia U.S.A.) - The Honorable Ellen F. Robertson, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District, will hold a Special Meeting for the Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District. This is in addition to the regular meetings she typically holds each month, which include information on her Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District goals and accomplishments; thematic agendas of current interest; and, special guests. These meetings are free and open to the public and all Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District residents are invited and encouraged to attend. Free refreshments will be served. The planned program/agenda for this meeting includes the following:
                 
                  “A Grandma for Everyone - Honoring the Community Service of Annie Giles”

·      GUEST SPEAKER: The Honorable Cynthia I. Newbille, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Richmond East End 7th Voter District

WHEN         Saturday, May 20, 2017
                  2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
                   
WHERE        Freedom House Conrad Center
                       1400 Oliver Hill Way; Richmond, Virginia 23219

CONTACT   For more information and/or to RSVP, please contact Mr. Kiya Stokes, Liaison for The Honorable Ellen F. Robertson, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District, at 804.646.7964 (tel), or kiya.stokes@richmondgov.com (email)



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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Councilwoman Cynthia I. Newbille to hold a meeting for the Richmond East End 7th Voter District

RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
Richmond City Council – Richmond City Hall - 900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305 - Richmond, Virginia  23219 U.S.A.  - www.council.richmondva.gov
                                                            
COUNCIL PUBLIC INFORMATION NEWS ADVISORY
IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO BE FORWARDED AND SHARED
Thursday, 18 May 2017

Councilwoman Cynthia I. Newbille to hold a meeting for the Richmond East End 7th Voter District

All Richmond East End 7th Voter District residents invited to attend
         
WHAT         (Richmond, Virginia U.S.A.) The Honorable Cynthia I. Newbille, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Richmond East End 7th Voter District, will hold a meeting for the Richmond East End 7th Voter District. This meeting is part of regular meetings she typically holds, which include information on her Richmond East End 7th Voter District goals and accomplishments; thematic agendas of current interest; and, special guests. These meetings are free and open to the public and all Richmond East End 7th Voter District residents are invited and encouraged to attend. The planned agenda for the meeting includes the following:

AGENDA
                                                             
·         Richmond Public Schools Update
The Honorable Nadine Marsh-Carter, Trustee
Richmond Public Schools Board of Trustees, Richmond East End 7th Voter District

·         Fiscal Year 2018 Richmond Government Budget Update

·         Richmond Public Safety Updated for the
Richmond East End 7th Voter District
-  Lt. Michael Alston and Lt. Johnny McRoy, Richmond Police
   Department - 1st Police Precinct
-  Battalion Chief Kent Taylor, Richmond Department of Fire     and Emergency Services

·         Updates: Richmond East End 7th Voter District Development Projects
The Grocery Store/J. S. Reynolds Culinary Institute
- Creighton Court Transformation/Armstrong Site
Sarah Garland Jones Community Building and Programs
Proposed Bon Secours Medical Office Building and
   SEED Grants
- Maggie Walker Community Land Trust
- BHC Housing Development: The Goodwyn's @ Union Hill
Stone Brewery Bistro


WHEN         Tuesday, May 23, 2017
6:00-7:30 p.m.
                   
WHERE        Sarah Garland Jones Building
                       2600 Nine Mile Road; Richmond, Virginia

CONTACT   For more information, please contact Sam Patterson, Liaison for The Honorable Cynthia I. Newbille, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Richmond East End 7th Voter District, at 804.646.3012 (tel), or sam.patterson@richmondgov.com (email).
                     




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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Councilwoman Ellen F. Robertson to hold 2017 Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District Senior Citizens’ Informational Fair

RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
Richmond City Council – Richmond City Hall - 900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305 - Richmond, Virginia  23219 U.S.A.  - www.council.richmondva.gov

COUNCIL PUBLIC INFORMATION NEWS RELEASE
IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO BE FORWARDED AND SHARED
Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Councilwoman Ellen F. Robertson to hold 2017 Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District Senior Citizens’ Informational Fair

All Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District residents invited and encouraged to attend.
         
WHAT          (Richmond, Virginia U.S.A.) - The Honorable Ellen F. Robertson, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District, will host a Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District Senior Citizens’ Informational Fair. This event is free and open to the public, and Councilwoman Robertson invites and encourages all Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District Seniors (55 and older) and caregivers to attend. The Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District Senior Citizens’ Informational Fair will feature the following:
                 
·      Complimentary food and beverages

·      Numerous Community Service Providers

·      Entertainment

·      Line Dancing

WHEN         Tuesday, May 23, 2017
                   10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
                   
WHERE        Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities
                    Hotchkiss Field Community Center
                        701 E. Brookland Park Boulevard; Richmond, Virginia 23222
                    804.646.4466 (tel)

WHO           The Honorable Ellen F. Robertson, Councilwoman
                    Richmond City Council, Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District

CONTACT   For more information and/or to RSVP, please contact Mr. Kiya Stokes, Liaison for The Honorable Ellen F. Robertson, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District, at 804.646.7964 (tel), or kiya.stokes@richmondgov.com (email)



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Jason E. Hundley
Council Public Relations Specialist
RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
OFFICE OF THE COUNCIL CHIEF OF STAFF
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, VA  23219
804.646.5420 (office)
804.797.9699 (mobile)
                                                                                                                               

MISSION The mission of Richmond City Council is to represent citizens in creating and amending local laws, providing government policy and oversight, and approving the city budget.

VISION Richmond City Council is committed to creating a vibrant community that is a great place to live, work, learn, play, visit and raise a family.


Councilwoman Reva M. Trammell to hold a meeting for the Richmond Southside 8th Voter District

RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
Richmond City Council – Richmond City Hall - 900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305 - Richmond, Virginia  23219 U.S.A.  - www.council.richmondva.gov

COUNCIL PUBLIC INFORMATION NEWS RELEASE
IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO BE FORWARDED AND SHARED
Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Councilwoman Reva M. Trammell to hold a meeting for the Richmond Southside 8th Voter District

All Richmond Southside 8th Voter District residents are invited and encouraged
to attend.

WHAT           (Richmond, Virginia U.S.A.) - The Honorable Reva M. Trammell, Councilwoman, Richmond City Council, Richmond Southside 8th Voter District, will hold a meeting for the Richmond Southside 8th Voter District. Councilwoman Trammell personally holds meetings that include information on her goals and accomplishments, a thematic agenda, special guests and refreshments. These meetings are free and open to the public and all Richmond Southside 8th Voter District residents are invited and encouraged to attend. Her agenda and special guests for this meeting include:

AGENDA/SPECIAL GUESTS

·      Representative from the Richmond Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney
Commonwealth of Virginia, Richmond Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney

·      Fiscal Year 2018 Richmond Government Budget Update

·      Matters of the Richmond Southside 8th Voter District
                                         
·      Police Officers from the Richmond Police Department and Firefighters from the Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services

WHEN           Thursday, May 18, 2017

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.      
         
WHERE          Satellite Restaurant & Lounge
4000 Jefferson Davis Highway, Richmond, Virginia 23234

WHO             The Honorable Reva M. Trammell, Councilwoman
Richmond City Council, Richmond Southside 8th Voter District

CONTACT     For more information, please contact Councilwoman Reva Trammell, at 804-240-5050 (mobile); or 804-233-7382 (home), or via email, at reva.trammell@richmondgov.com


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Jason E. Hundley
Council Public Relations Specialist
RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
OFFICE OF THE COUNCIL CHIEF OF STAFF
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, VA  23219
804.646.5420 (tel)
804.797.9699 (mobile)
                                                                                                                               

MISSION The mission of Richmond City Council is to represent citizens in creating and amending local laws, providing government policy and oversight, and approving the city budget.

VISION Richmond City Council is committed to creating a vibrant community that is a great place to live, work, learn, play, visit and raise a family.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Richmond City Council establishes a balanced, responsible and transparent FY 2018 Richmond Government Budget

Richmond City Council – Richmond City Hall - 900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305 - Richmond, Virginia  23219 U.S.A.  - www.council.richmondva.gov

COUNCIL PUBLIC INFORMATION NEWS RELEASE
IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO BE READ, POSTED, FORWARDED AND SHARED
Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Richmond City Council establishes a balanced, responsible and transparent FY 2018 Richmond Government Budget

Includes $5.5 million for Police and Fire pay adjustments, a new horse stable and puts more police into Richmond public housing communities; Invests nearly $170 million in Richmond Public Schools

(Richmond, Virginia U.S.A.) Richmond City Council has established a balanced, responsible and transparent Fiscal Year 2018 Richmond Government Budget, which runs July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

     Richmond City Council’s annual Richmond Government Budget represents the delivery of its fundamental fiscal responsibility as the Governing Body of Richmond and serves as the foundation and ultimate act of its policymaking and stewardship over our local government on behalf of all Richmond residents.

     Council is confident that the Mayor will manage the budget efficiently and looks forward to working collaboratively with him to ensure service delivery expectations are met in a timely manner.

     Council is also confident that, while there are many competing interests for limited resources, the appropriate budgetary decisions were made based on the needs expressed by Richmond residents.

     The Richmond City Council FY 2018 Richmond Government Budget includes the following highlights:

·         The Richmond City Council FY 2018 Richmond Government Budget, which includes the General Fund, Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), Special Funds, Enterprise Funds, Internal Service Funds, Federal and State funds and funds provided to Richmond Public Schools, is approximately $1.4 billion, which represents a Richmond General Fund Budget of $690,736,515.

·         Richmond City Council keeping the Richmond Real Estate Tax at its lowest in decades, at $1.20 per $100 of assessed value. Council has worked hard to ensure this rate has remained unchanged for the last 10 years.

·         Invests $141,383,740 million for direct Police and Fire Service delivery operations, which includes $5 million for Police Officer and Firefighter pay adjustments and $100,000 to put more police officers in Richmond public housing communities. In addition to the $141.4 million Richmond General Fund investment, Richmond Capital Improvement Plan funding was also provided for fire station improvements and $450,000 to build a new Richmond Mounted Police Horse Stable.

·         Invests $169,869,640 in Richmond Public Schools (RPS), which includes $158,975,683 from the Richmond General Fund; $9,393,957 from the Richmond Capital Improvement Plan; and, reappropriation of $1,500,000 in projected year-end surplus. The funding includes $5,165,326 for school maintenance and repairs; $4,228,631 to pay off the current loan for school bus leases; and, $2,300,000 for new school technology. It also includes funding for year two for teacher salary decompression and a unified 2.5 percent adjustment for RPS staff.

·         Includes funding to hire employees and purchase eight new knuckle boom trucks to increase City bulk trash collection from alleys and curbs.

·         Includes continued investment in the Richmond Department of Finance for staff to help increase collection of delinquent tax revenue.

·         Includes more funding for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Richmond Office of the Sheriff for its Project Lifesavers Program to aid in tracking children with autism and elderly persons with Alzheimer's or dementia.

·         Includes funding for our Richmond Public Libraries to extend their hours and operation on behalf of our families and people looking for jobs.

·         In keeping with its primary mandate, authority, and the expectation of Richmond residents, Richmond City Council also increased the financial transparency, integrity and accountability of the Richmond Government Budget.

     Richmond City Council thanks Richmond City Council Staff, including its Chief of Staff, Ms. Lou Ali, City Attorney Allen Jackson, City Clerk Jean Capel and their staffs, for their outstanding dedication, commitment, expertise and hard work throughout this demanding and complex months-long budgetary process. Additionally, Richmond City Council sincerely appreciates the cooperation received from Mayor Levar Stoney, various department heads and Administration personnel for their efforts during the budget review process.

     Council established the final parts of the Richmond Government Budget during the scheduled Richmond City Council Special Meeting that began at 6:00 p.m. on May 15, 2017, which was preceded by months of planning, review and discussion; hours of work; and, numerous public meetings.

CONTACT    For more information, please contact: Steve Skinner, Council Public Information Manager, at 804.646.6052 (office); 804.937.1386 (mobile); or steven.skinner@richmondgov.com (email)

                   Richmond residents are also invited and encouraged to contact the Richmond City Council Member representing their Richmond Voter District.

Background - Richmond Government Budget ____________________________________
As Richmond Residents, we pool our resources in order to own and operate our local government and decide what public services we want to invest in; the priority (investment levels) for these services; and, how we pay for them. Examples of our services include the management, oversight and delivery of such things as clean/safe water; streets/parks; laws; law enforcement/firefighting/rescue; trash/sewage removal; public transportation; and, our children’s education. Together, we own, operate, use and benefit from these services on a daily basis.
          
     Funding for our services and enforcement of laws comes from state, local and federal sources, including fees and taxes.  
          
     In order to set the investment levels we want for these services, Richmond City Council establishes an official annual Richmond Government Budget in May of each year for the upcoming Fiscal Year.

     The Richmond Government Budget is based on a Fiscal Year that runs July 1 to June 30 annually and the City operates on a two-year fiscal plan (Budget) that includes the Richmond General Fund, Richmond Capital Improvement Plan, Richmond Special Funds, Richmond Enterprise Funds, Richmond Internal Service Funds, and the City Government contribution to Richmond Public Schools; as well as additional state, federal, and other funds provided to Richmond Public Schools.

     The Richmond Government Budget is typically amended annually. Thus, every year a proposed (draft) Richmond Government Budget (Fiscal Plan) is submitted to Richmond City Council by the Mayor, who is responsible for administering local government services. Council then reviews, analyzes, amends and establishes an official Richmond Government Budget based on the priorities of Richmond Residents.
                     
     Richmond City Council budget deliberations begin each August and intensify the following year. They include more than two dozen public meetings, hearings and work sessions from August through May.

     The Richmond Government Budget takes the form of Ordinances that are approved by Richmond City Council each May for an upcoming Fiscal Year.

     Richmond operates what can best be described as a Council-Mayor form of government, with Richmond City Council serving as the governing body and a separately elected at-large mayor providing oversight of day-to-day administration of services. Richmond has the only government like it in the Commonwealth, and -compounded with Virginia cities and counties operating as separate entities, the state's strict adherence to the "Dillon Rule", and other major and minor differences in other locality, state, and federal laws - the only one like it in the nation.

Richmond City Council _________________________________________________________

MISSION
The mission of Richmond City Council is to represent citizens in creating and amending local laws, providing government policy and oversight, and approving the city budget.

VISION
Richmond City Council is committed to creating a vibrant community that is a great place to live, work, learn, play, visit and raise a family.


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Steven R. Skinner
Council Public Information Manager
RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
OFFICE OF THE COUNCIL CHIEF OF STAFF
Richmond City Council Executive Offices
Richmond City Hall
900 E. Broad Street, Suite 305
Richmond, Virginia  23219 U.S.A.
804.646.6052 (tel)
804.937.1386 (home/mobile)
804.335.4054 (mobile)
804.646.5468 (fax)
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MISSION The mission of Richmond City Council is to
represent citizens in creating and amending local laws,
 providing government policy and oversight, and
approving the city budget.

VISION Richmond City Council is committed to
creating a vibrant community that is a great place

to live, work, learn, play, visit and raise a family.