Welcome to The Maysville Voice, the newsletter for those who reside and vote in the Maysville District in Buckingham County. I am pleased to bring you much information, links, and resources to inform and engage with you as your County Supervisor.
Some topics we will be considering or hearing about during our meeting on this Tuesday include: Honoring Tyshea Chambers for being crowned Miss Five County Fair 2022 and her other amazing accolades, which I am so proud of and glad we can honor our youth; consideration of an appointment to the Industrial Development Authority representing District Two (White Hall/Dillwyn), two Special Use Permit introductions (not public hearings, but introductions to set public hearings) for: a 5 megawatt utility scale solar facility along U.S. Route 60 east of Sprouse’s Corner, and a Professional Services Office/Medical Office on Troublesome Creek Road, consideration of the Commonwealth Regional Council updating our Comprehensive Plan, and consideration of forming a committee regarding the State Legislature-Commissioned Gold Mining Study, coverage of which can be found here: https://www.bayjournal.com/news/pollution/report-virginia-ill-equipped-to-deal-with-the-revival-of-gold-mine-industry/article_fcff4ae4-69da-11ed-8cfb-e7dbe084e37c.html. The report can be found online at the end of our board packet: https://cms9files.revize.com/buckinghamcounty/dec%2012%202022%20bd%20pckt.pdf.
🚨 ⏰ ‼️ REMINDER: The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to extend the due date for personal property taxes until ***Jan. 5 instead of Dec. 5 *** and we also voted to waive the convenience fee for credit card payments until March 1 for personal property taxes. This is to help those on fixed incomes, those struggling financially, and those who live pay check to pay check pay their tax bills which, because of the economy, have seen higher values in their vehicle assessments.
I, like you, saw a drastic increase in my bill this year on my vehicle, a used pickup truck, which I purchased used in late 2019. Let me be clear, the tax rate DID NOT INCREASE AND HAS NOT GONE UP IN MANY YEARS. The increased bills are being driven by the assessed value and the result of the economy being in the state it is. The Commissioner of the Revenue, who is tasked per the Virginia Constitution with assessing certain property, even changed her assessment method some time ago to a lesser value to help bear the brunt of the tax assessment.
Our upcoming Board of Supervisors regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, 2022 in the Peter Francisco Board Room in the County Administration Complex on Route 60. I encourage you to attend to learn more about your County Government and how your tax dollars are spent. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can view our meeting live here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfIL3rVTUEqgxBwXCQoBDTA.
Here is a link to our agenda and full Board Packet: https://buckinghamcountyva.org/administration/boards___commissions/board_of_supervisors/board_agenda_minutes_youtube.php. Should you have any questions or concerns about anything contained in the packet or on the agenda, please reach out to me. My contact information is below at the end of this newsletter.
Public comments may be made in person during three minute increments. You must sign up before our meeting to speak.
Join our Chamber of Commerce!
The Buckingham Chamber of Commerce, which I am humbled to serve as President of; is our county’s largest and most impactful civic group. For this month and during December, for only $35 per year, you can be a member, whether you’re a business owner or not, of an organization that holds monthly meetings with speakers, food, and many updates; receive a monthly newsletter; participate and be recognized as Business of the Month or recipient of the Community Pride Award; attend ribbon cuttings and other special events; receive discounts in the annual Buckingham Guidebook; and receive many other perks, including participating in our annual Chamber Banquet held in January. But the best thing about our Chamber is the camaraderie and networking that we have amongst our small businesses. To join, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 434-983-2372. Dues will be $40 per year after Jan. 1, 2023 to join today.
Should you have any questions, concerns, ideas, or opinions about this newsletter, county government, services, opportunities, etc., please never hesitate to contact me. You can reach me at 434-390-7023 via text or phone, email me at email@example.com, or write me at PO Box 188, Buckingham, Virginia 23921. You can also come see me at my house at 13170 West James Anderson Highway, Buckingham, Virginia 23921.
Thomas Jordan Miles III
Chairman, Buckingham County Board of Supervisors
District Four Supervisor (Maysville)
13170 West James Anderson Highway
PO Box 188
Buckingham, Virginia 23921