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george rublein inside Williamsburg May 9, 2018, 6:01 PM

I am told that Dominion will bury power lines in the vicinity of Walnut/Berkeley Hills. I am also told that
Verizon and Cox are not participating in the project. While this effort will presumably increase reliability of
electric power service, the unsightly utility poles will remain. Could the city encourage (or even compel) these other
two utilities to cooperate in this project ? Two jobs for something more than the price of one.

Name not shown December 11, 2017, 11:51 PM

It would be very mess up in elections since everyone can change their minds in seconds and make people less hesitate about choices and lead to regrate and wrong choices later.
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Lewis Edwards outside Williamsburg September 11, 2017, 12:10 PM

Is there a mechanism or protocol in place for initiating a recall vote for member(s) of city council? If not, that would be a great idea in order to boot out council members who consistently do not represent the best interests of city residents, businesses, visitors or the region as a whole. Especially those who have already made up their minds prior to "for show" forums and meetings where overwhelming opposition from all sectors is evident.

David Weber inside Williamsburg August 2, 2017, 10:46 PM

Hello,

I just found this forum for information about the tourism development fund. I attempted to take the link, it was a dead end.

I see sixteen visits, not impressive. I happened upon it.

I live in Colonial Williamsburg, I work extended days and thus cannot attend meetings. I would hope we could get out information to the community about the fund. While I hear about the TDF, I cannot tell you what it means to the City of Williamsuburg, to the Foundation and to the workers who live, pay taxes, work and school their children.

I would hope that such a movement of the counsel to make changes, would also involve educating the residents who voted the counsel members into office.

There are many rumors about. The Kimball Theater was a surprise to many. Then the recent canceling of First Night. Recently, rumor has it that CW is getting out of the business rental managment business. I have heard that three businesses on DOG are leaving. I have heard of a new agency, of higher rents.

We were recently in NYC and DC. I saw a commercial about CW and Williamsburg. Truthfully, I am from here and didn't the get that they were advertising Colonial Williamsburg. A very fancy expensive add...seamed to miss the mark.

What is remarkable to me about Williamsburg, what engenders people to it...its the community feeling, the concerts on DOG, the Colonial Actors who are in character, and available. It's the food, the diversity of entertainment. It's a feeling. When you come here from....there....you feel good about you, your country and want to immerse yourself in it.

If...we are to develop a tourism fund, please be wise with it. Directed messaging, to the average uneducated person about what it has to offer, history, a community feeling, a reversion to past values, to hands on child/adult interactive experience.

A few signs wont do it in my humble opinion.

You have a gift here. There is an opportunity. CW is trying to prevent a future downfall, we get it. However, when trimming an older tree, to keep it alive, one cannot forget to fertilize the roots.

Thanks,

just thoughts.

PS: please let people know about the forum.

Joseph L. Hendrick outside Williamsburg July 28, 2017, 10:46 PM

Folks,
Let's look at what is in place now, with respect to various taxes. Food tax is already 10%. Hotel taxes hover around 10%, plus the illustrious occupancy tax ($2.00). Now you say you want to raise those taxes by another 2%, in order to fund a Tourism Development Tax, in concert with a new admissions tax, being proposed at 3.5%. I don't believe these "incentives" will increase tourist visitation to the fair city of Williamsburg. An additional admissions tax on already expensive venues like Busch Gardens, Water Country, and Colonial Williamsburg will do nothing to lure more people to visit. How do you entice families to visit the area when they get nothing more in return than higher taxes. I have been a Williamsburg visitor and supporter for decades. Your slowly pricing yourselves out of the vacation market. I hope I'm wrong.

Name not shown outside Williamsburg May 10, 2017, 11:31 AM

The City of Williamsburg Police Department has been running with extreme pay compression for years. Many new officers are receiving a salary similar to officers who have been there for 10+ years. A study was completed and found indeed compression is an issue. I urge you to consider this study when discussing the FY18 Budget. The Department has recently experienced a consistent turnover, much due to the lack of long term benefits, financial or otherwise to stay with the department. Instead, they are hiring individuals who use WPD as a way to get through the academy, become certified, and stay through their probationary periods before finding a better paying, less short staffed department. Please give these officers what they deserve so you build a strong police force who stays with the department and performs because they feel valued.

Jennifer Holliday outside Williamsburg April 26, 2017, 4:31 PM

I agree with the additional funding for education and the libraries!

Alex Schwartz inside Williamsburg April 26, 2017, 3:03 PM

There are many worthy transportation projects in Williamsburg, particularly pedestrian and bicycle projects, that would enhance values in the community while reducing congestion and transportation costs for residents. Additionally, Williamsburg lacks significant "public space" aside from Colonial Williamsburg, and that truly isn't public. If Williamsburg wants to compete with other vibrant small cities, they will have to provide excellent public amenities such as these. Additionally, as the EDA has indicated, attracting Millennials is crucial for the long-term economic vitality of the city. As such, the City should put more funding for such amenities that Millennials find attractive. Property tax rates revenues are growing slower than general inflation and certainly slower than property value inflation. This may be a good time for a small increase in the property tax rate to fund things which will enhance the community. Such an increase may lead to investments which increase property values further, allowing rates to come down in the future.

Stacey Lightfoot outside Williamsburg April 26, 2017, 12:29 PM

I think the various proposed items are all necessary to improve the quality and safety of visitors and residents. It is important we improve roads, accessibility for pedestrians/bikers, and take steps to ensure we are as eco-friendly as possible.

Aj Patel inside Williamsburg April 26, 2017, 8:20 AM

The budget looks to have right priorities set. The brand of Williamsburg is a national asset and this budget should help in
improving or cementing that status,
Moving forward it is my hope the budget funds are used in way as stated in the document.
The proposed budget should and must improve the destination quality of life for citizen and for business improve their financial standing,