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Community Digest

March 2023

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Your monthly digest of all things Albemarle.

FY 2024 Recommended Budget and Upcoming Budget Town Halls

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The County Executive's Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2024 is available for review and the Fiscal Year 2024 Budget process is underway. Attend an upcoming town hall to learn more, ask questions, and provide feedback to the Board of Supervisors. Here are the next upcoming dates:


Monday, April 10 - 5:30 pm

-Hosted by Supervisor Diantha McKeel, Jack Jouett District

-Greer Elementary School-Media Center

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Thursday, April 13 - 7 pm

-Hosted by Supervisor Ann Mallek, White Hall District

-Brownsville Elementary School-Cafeteria

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Saturday, April 15 - 10 am

-Hosted by Supervisor Ann Mallek, White Hall District

-White Hall Community Building

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Tuesday, April 18 - 7 pm

-Hosted by Supervisor Ann Mallek, White Hall District

-Broadus Wood Elementary School-Cafeteria

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At each Town Hall, a short presentation will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments.

FY2024-Budget Town Hall-Yancey 2023

Learn more and review the full FY 2024 budget and you can also review the presentation slides. You can also learn more from this video from the County Executive, Jeff Richardson, as he discusses the investments of the Fiscal Year 2024 Recommended Budget and how it activates the FY 24 – 28 Strategic Plan in meaningful ways to strengthen the foundation of our community and our organization. 

Board Recognition of Women's History Month

The Board of Supervisors has proclaimed March 2023 as Women’s History Month in Albemarle County, VA. We highlight and give special recognition to the women who lead our community and who contribute to a brighter future for all. Pictured above (L to R: Kaki Dimock, Nelsie Birch, Kristy Shifflett, Emily Kilroy, Mia Coltrane, and Jodie Filardo) are women from Albemarle County’s Organizational Leadership Team who received the proclamation for Women’s History Month. Read the proclamation.

The Office of Equity and Inclusion created an appreciation video to reflect and highlight various County staff, as well as recognize their stories as women in public service. Hear from fellow staff members as they share their experiences in honor of Women’s History Month. Watch the video▶️🎥▶️🎥

Recap of Black History Month Event in February: Children’s Financial Literacy Workshop

Last month, County of Albemarle’s Office of Equity & Inclusion (OEI) and the City of Charlottesville celebrated Black History Month by hosting a Children’s Financial Literacy Workshop at the Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia! This educational event was packed with lots of fun, prizes, and great learning opportunities related to financial wellness.

Pictured below are some of the children that attended, with author, Janasha "Jay" Bradford, who read segments from her book, “Mahogany Goes to Wall Street." Each family that attended received a free copy of the book. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend and to all of the event partners who participated!

OEI Black History Month event

Reminder: Renew Your Real Estate Tax Relief by April 3, 2023

Albemarle County offers real estate tax relief to elderly and/or permanently disabled persons. If you received tax relief last year, you must file your application or certification renewal by Monday, April 3 to determine your eligibility prior to the June 26, 2023 real estate tax bills. Read more about the qualifications and renew here.

If you have any questions, or would like assistance completing your certification form or your application, contact Albemarle County's Finance and Budget Department:


Comprehensive Plan (AC44)

HOST YOUR OWN COMMUNITY MEETING WITH AC44's "Community Chat Kit." What do you envision Albemarle County to be like in 2044? Conversations about the future of the county should not just be limited to County-organized events. Instead, they should occur wherever and whenever a group of interested individuals can come together and share their ideas.

The Community Chat Kit provides everything you need to host your own discussion. You can download the materials, host your own meeting, and submit the results of your discussion back to the County as instructed. This way, you can have a say in shaping the future of Albemarle County. Community Chat submissions will be accepted until Friday, April 14, 2023.

Community Chat Kit

Albemarle County Parks and Recreation (ACPR) Updates-

Happening soon: Registration Opens Monday, April 10 for Summer Recreation Camp 2023

Parks and Recreation will be sponsoring the Summer Recreation Camp at eight locations. This program is for children ages six to thirteen. The program consists of organized recreational activities, sports, games, contests, arts & crafts, and special events. This program is run in coordination with summer school, but participants don't have to attend summer school to sign up for the camp. Learn more about this year's Summer Recreation Camp and apply online starting April 10.

ACPR Summer Lifeguard on Duty

ACPR is Hiring for the Summer

We're gearing up for summer and need lifeguards, beach managers, Summer Recreation Leaders, Seasonal Ground Maintenance Workers and more. Join our team and don't delay, apply today!

Register Now for Cross-Country, Track and Boys Volleyball

Registration is still open for middle school sports! Sign up today, as practices start April 10. Our middle school sports program is held at all five Albemarle County middle schools and homeschoolers are welcome as well. This popular after-school program is a partnership between Albemarle County Public Schools and Parks and Recreation. Learn about registration costs, school locations, and more for the upcoming season.

Upcoming: Movie Night at Greenwood Community Center is Saturday, April 22

Join us for an amazing, indoor movie night featuring "Lightyear.” We’ll have snacks,* crafts and lots of fun! It’s happening Saturday, April 22 at Greenwood Community Center, in Crozet.

Cost is $5 per person, cash-only. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. *Refreshments will be available for purchase. Free crafts start at 6:30 pm, and the movie starts at 7 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Reminder: Burn Ban in Effect

Between February 15 to April 30, the Virginia Department of Forestry's 4 PM Burning Law is in effect, which limits open air burning to the hours of 4 pm to midnight only. Additionally, Albemarle County Code bans all commercial burns (ex: land clearing for development) during this time period.

Learn more about open air burning guidelines here.

Albemarle County Police Department (ACPD) Updates-Promotional Lifesaving Awards

Chief of Albemarle County Police Department Colonel Sean Reeves is pleased to announce a series of promotions and Lifesaving Awards in the department. The Albemarle County Police Department (ACPD) hosted an awards ceremony on Thursday, March 23, 2023, to honor individual officers. (Pictured in Front: Colonel Sean Reeves, Second Row: Sergeant Jonathan Hickory, Sergeant Turner Lowery, Sergeant Jason Freishtat)

In addition to celebrating the promotion of three Sergeants, ACPD recognized 10 officers for providing lifesaving service to members of the Albemarle community, including one officer who has performed CPR three times in the past year. (Front: Colonel Sean Reeves, Second Row: Officer Alex Davis, Officer Clay Clarkson, Officer Dwayne Jones, Officer Ryan Leake, Third Row: Officer Barry Leake, Officer James Potter, Officer James Fink, Fourth Row: Officer Daniel Shetler, Officer Eric Ketchum, Officer Corey Legg)

Update and Recap: Traffic Town Halls

In February, Albemarle County Police Department (ACPD) hosted traffic-focused town halls throughout the county to discuss traffic safety and community concerns. At each event, members of the Board of Supervisors introduced ACPD staff for a data-driven presentation, which was followed by a 1-hour Q&A session with representatives from the Board of Supervisors, ACPD, Community Development, and VDOT.

To read more traffic statistics from 2022 or to review the full Traffic Town Hall presentation, visit our website.

Department of Social Services (DSS) Updates: Virginia Career Works - Albemarle Center has Expanded Career Development Services

Albemarle County has new resources for area job seekers at a one-stop center in our County Office Building at 1600 5th Street Extension. The Albemarle County Career Center became an official affiliate of the Virginia Career Works (VCW) Center, which created more available opportunities from community partners that offer employment resources to those in our community and surrounding localities.

The Albemarle Career Center is a Partner of the Piedmont Workforce Network One-Stop Center. Access the Monthly Resource Calendar for the Virginia Career Works Albemarle County One-Stop Center and contact Juandiego Wade by email or call 434-972-4011, ext. 3617 to make an appointment. You can also review the Albemarle One-Stop Center Monthly Partner Schedule for more information.

Give One, Take One:

Did you know that as of January 2023 in Albemarle County, there is a mandatory 5-cent tax on each disposable plastic checkout bag? Be a part of the solution to plastic pollution (and save money while you are at it).

Reusable bag giveaway for WIC and SNAP benefit recipient dates and locations will be announced in April. In the meantime, visit for more information.

Upcoming: Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Bulky Waste Days

Rivanna Solid Waste Authority (RSWA) operates a limited household hazardous waste collection site at the Ivy Materials Utilization Center (MUC) location. This spring, upcoming 2023 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) will be Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 from 9am-2pm. Bulky Waste Days for April will be Saturday, April 29 for furniture/mattresses from 8:30-4pm. These dates are only for residents of Albemarle County, Charlottesville, and Town of Scottsville and available to Nelson County residents who obtain a voucher from Nelson County government.

Learn more about which specific items are accepted for each date and view details for Commercial Hazardous Waste Collection Day, happening Thursday, April 20:

Learn about more upcoming events and keep up with the latest happenings in the county by visiting

Have You Visited Our Online Engagement Center?

We are looking forward to providing you with a variety of robust tools designed to enable you to share your expertise, ideas, and feedback with us on a regular basis.

Please visit the site and register to access current and future projects.

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