Tax break for spouses of military killed in action

Did your spouse die in action while serving in the U.S. armed forces?

You may be eligible for a tax exemption on your home.

Surviving Spouses of Military Service Members Killed in Action is a statewide program that seeks to honor the sacrifice of Virginia’s fallen heroes and their families by providing relief from real estate taxes. Henrico County wants to make sure that qualifying homeowners apply.

What is the tax exemption?

If you qualify, up to $227,000 of your home’s assessed value — the average value of a single-family home in Henrico in 2015 — will be fully exempt from real estate taxes. The savings for a home assessed at $227,000 would be nearly $1,975.

Do you qualify? 

  • You must be the surviving spouse of a U.S. armed forces member who was killed in action (as determined by the U.S. Department of Defense).
  • You cannot be remarried.
  • The property must be your primary residence.

How to apply:

  • Go to
  • In the Home and Vehicle section, follow the link Spouses of Military Service Members Killed in Action.
  • The application form is included with details about the program.
  • Print the form, complete and return it to Henrico’s Real Estate Assessment Division. Be sure to include the Report of Casualty from the Department of Defense.


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Electronic payment information

Customers who pay their Henrico County taxes and bills by credit card or electronic check should begin using a different website and phone number — 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.

For additional information, including accepted cards and a list of service fees, go to

Fourth of July Holiday Schedule

Henrico County General Government offices, courts and libraries will be closed Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day.

Refuse WILL be collected Friday, July 3.

Public use areas (landfills) will be OPEN on Friday, July 3 (7:30 am – 7 pm) and CLOSED Saturday, July 4.

Have a safe holiday.

Refuse/Recycling Schedule

Refuse pickup is delayed one day with Friday routes scheduled for pick up on Saturday.

Curbside recycling by CVWMA pickup is delayed one day with Friday routes scheduled for pick up on Saturday.


Henrico CASA seeks volunteers for training as child advocates

April 24, 2015

CONTACT: Barbara Herzog, Director, Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates

PHONE: (804) 501-1671


Henrico CASA seeks volunteers for training as child advocates

Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will offer a training program beginning Saturday, June 6 for volunteers who would work in the court system on behalf of abused or neglected children.

The free, nine-session training course will include classes at the Henrico CASA office in suite A of the Hungary Spring Office Park, 3001 Hungary Spring Road. A swearing-in ceremony will follow Wednesday, June 24 at the Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Anyone interested in serving as a volunteer advocate must apply by Friday, May 22, be at least 21 years old and have regular access to a computer. Applicants will be interviewed, fingerprinted and undergo criminal background and reference checks. For information, contact Jeannine Panzera at (804) 501-1673 or Applications are available at

Henrico CASA is a private, nonprofit organization that has worked closely with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court for 20 years to serve children in the community. Working typically 10 to 15 hours per month, volunteer advocates gather information on a child’s circumstances to supplement information provided to the court.

The training program prepares volunteers to interview children and others involved in their cases, submit reports to judges and assist case attorneys. Henrico CASA volunteers worked 8,000 hours and served 316 children in fiscal year 2013-14.

Henrico prepares for heavy traffic during NASCAR races April 24-25

Henrico's Richmond International Raceway (RIR) hosts both NASCAR and IndyCar Series events each year. Total seating capacity is 97,912, and RIR is the only track to hold all of its major events "under the lights."

The Henrico County Department of Public Works will temporarily alter traffic patterns on roads around Richmond International Raceway (RIR) to accommodate fans attending the NASCAR races Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25.

Motorists are advised to expect heavy traffic and delays in the area on both days, especially from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., before the races, and from 10:15 p.m. to 1 a.m., afterward.

Henrico Police officers will direct motorists before and after the races. Race fans and other motorists are encouraged to check traffic updates on message boards along interstates and other roads approaching RIR. Police also will post updates on its Twitter account, @henricopolice, and its Facebook site.

Click here for traffic patterns.

Recreation & Parks Summer Registration Update

The Henrico County Division of Recreation and Parks will reopen registration for summer programs and camps on Saturday, April 25.

Online registration will be available beginning at 8 a.m. at Walk-in registration will be offered from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Deep Run, Belmont and Eastern Henrico recreation centers.

To see what programs are available, read the Summer 2015 Program Guide. For information, call (804) 501-7275 (PARK) or send an email to


Tax break for spouses of military killed in action

Surviving spouses of members of the U.S. armed forces who were killed in action can qualify for a tax exemption on their home that took effect Jan. 1.

Henrico County is encouraging any residents who qualify to apply with the Department of Finance. For information, call (804) 501-5335 or go to

Homeowners should have received details about the exemption with their 2015 real estate assessment notices. Information also will be included with the May mailing of the year’s first-half real estate tax bills.

To qualify for the new exemption, a homeowner must be the spouse of an armed services member who was killed in action as determined by the Department of Defense.

The spouse may qualify for exemption as long as he or she does not remarry and continues to use the property as a primary place of residence.

A home – including the property on which it is located – is tax exempt only up to the average assessed value of single-family homes in the country for the most recently ended tax year. Any value above the average will be taxable.

In 2014, the average value of a single-family home in Henrico is $227,000, according to Finance’s Real Estate Assessment Division.

If a home qualifies, the exemption applies to as many as 10 acres of land.

Officials have no estimates of how many homeowners might qualify or what the impact on real estate tax collections could be.

Virginia voters overwhelmingly approved the exemption in November as a state constitutional amendment. In Henrico, the measure passed with 89 percent support, which compared with 87 percent support statewide.

In 2010, Virginia voters approved a constitutional amendment granting a tax exemption on the principal residence of a veteran, or his or her surviving spouse, if the veteran has a 100 percent service-connected, permanent and total disability. The value of that exemption is unrestricted.

Henrico supervisors to hold public hearing April 14 on proposed fiscal 2015-16 budget

The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Tuesday, April 14 on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2015-16.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., one hour earlier than usual, in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center’s Administration Building, 4301 E. Parham Road.

Residents may provide oral or written comments on the $1.1 billion plan, which would guide operating and capital spending for the year beginning July 1. The general fund, which supports the operations of Henrico’s general government, including the divisions of Police and Fire, and Henrico County Public Schools, would total $785.8 million. That would represent an increase of $18.4 million, or 2.4 percent, over the current year’s plan.

The proposed budget recommends no change to the real estate tax rate of 87 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Residents are encouraged to register in advance to speak at the public hearing. To sign up, call Board of Supervisors Clerk Barry R. Lawrence at (804) 501-4318. For information on the proposed budget, call Director of Finance Gene Walter at (804) 501-5200.

Copies of the proposed budget are available for public inspection at Henrico libraries, the Office of Management and Budget in the Henrico Government Center and at

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote April 28 to adopt a budget for fiscal year 2015-16. The board typically meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in the Board Room of the Henrico Government Center.

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