Henrico residents can get a firsthand, comprehensive look at county operations and services at the 2015 Henrico Citizens Academy, scheduled for six sessions in April and May.
The free, 15-hour program will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each Thursday from April 23 to May 28. Residents can register at connect.henricorecandparks.com beginning Monday, March 23. They also can sign up at the Division of Recreation and Parks office in the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive.
The academy is open to 35 residents, with space reserved for seven individuals from each of Henrico’s five magisterial districts. Participants must be 18 or older. Residents placed on a waiting list from the 2014 academy will be offered a position in the upcoming program.
Classes are led by Henrico officials and staff and take place at a different county facility each week. Classes typically feature a presentation and discussion, facility tours, equipment demonstrations and other activities. Topics include community and economic development; human services; public safety; libraries, finance and recreation and parks; and schools.
“Local government has a more direct impact on the lives of residents than any other level of government,” said Deputy County Manager for Administration Joseph P. Casey. “The Citizens Academy gives our residents insight into the full scope of operations and services Henrico County provides every day.”
Casey noted that academy alumni will have the opportunity to remain engaged and provide further assistance to the county.
Because of the inclement weather, the Henrico County Department of Community Revitalization has canceled a public hearing scheduled for tonight to receive input on the Fiscal Year 2015-2020 Consolidated Plan. The plan will establish priorities for the county’s use of federal funds for services, programs and other assistance to low- and moderate-income residents.
The meeting had been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center, 1600 Hilliard Road.
A make-up date has not yet been determined. Additional information will be available at henrico.us/revit.
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Customers who pay their Henrico County taxes and bills by credit card or electronic check should begin using a different website and phone number — https://ipn.paymentus.com/cp/hnro and 1-855-748-6015 — as of March 1.
Henrico is now using Paymentus to process electronic payments for real estate and personal property taxes, utilities, building inspection fees, business licenses, parking tickets and other county bills. Customers will not be able to make payments through the previous service provider, Official Payments, after March 1.
The Henrico County office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension will hold a free workshop Tuesday, Feb. 24 to help individuals meet their goals for saving money.
The Three Keys to Savings workshop will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the board room of the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. Lunch will be provided. Registration is required by Monday, Feb. 23.
The workshop is open to the public and coincides with America Saves Week, which is Feb. 23-28. The nonprofit Consumer Federation of America coordinates America Saves Week to help individuals save money, reduce debt and build wealth.
The workshop will outline simple strategies for saving money for emergencies, a large purchase, debt payments or other needs. The program also will provide information about Central Virginia Saves, a free program to help individuals control their finances.
For information or to register, call (804) 501-5160.