In State of the County address, Vithoulkas credits community engagement for success on bond referendum, other initiatives

'We engage our community ... and establish a trust that strengthens over time.'

Henrico voters’ resounding approval of a $511 million bond referendum last week is evidence of a “strong feedback loop” that keeps the county in sync with the community’s needs, County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said in his annual State of the County address.

The four questions’ average approval rate of 87% represents the highest level of support ever recorded in Henrico referendums dating to 1953, he said. It also exceeds what other localities received on similar ballot initiatives as part of the Nov. 8 general election.

“I want to thank you all that voted and thank you for helping us bring forward projects that meet our community’s needs,” Vithoulkas said. “This is an example of what President Lincoln referred to in his Gettysburg Address of a ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people.’”

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Henrico voters approve all 4 bond referendum questions

Vote authorizes $511 million in projects for schools, parks, public safety, drainage

Henrico voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved all four questions in a bond referendum, clearing the way for the county to issue nearly $511.4 million in debt to fund capital projects for schools, parks and other public facilities. Officials have emphasized that approval of the bonds would require no increase to county tax rates.

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Tourist spending in Henrico eclipses $1.3 billion

County poised for further growth, with development, enhanced focus on sports tourism



Visitors spent more than $1.3 billion in Henrico County during 2021, the highest total of any locality in central Virginia and the fifth highest in Virginia, according to an annual study released today for the Virginia Tourism Corp.


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Woodland Cemetery: Lost no more

With Henrico’s help, nonprofit uncovers thousands of gravesites in 2 years


Two years after acquiring the neglected, vine-choked property, Marvin Harris isn’t interested in slowing or pausing the work to restore historic Woodland Cemetery.
Not for Virginia’s sweltering summer heat.


Not even for a broken right foot.


“You couldn’t take me away from this project,” Harris said, toweling perspiration from his face and hobbling across the grounds in a protective boot – an injury caused in March by a toppled headstone.

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Henrico Pet Adoption Center prevails in online vote to name proposed $15 million facility

Name picked in 23% of more than 1,400 votes cast at NameTheShelter.com


Henrico Pet Adoption Center was selected as the name for the county's proposed animal adoption center. The name was preferred on 23% of the 1,411 votes cast at NameTheShelter.com. Among the seven finalists, Henrico Animal House finished second, with 19%, followed by Furever Friends Pet Adoption Center, 16%; Wags & Whiskers Pet Adoption Center, 15%; Happy Tails Pet Adoption Center, 12%; Henrico P.A.C.K. (Protect and Adopt Canines and Kitties), 8%; and Henrico Hope Pet Adoption Center, 7%.


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Jill Biden promotes COVID vaccine for children during July 1 stop in Henrico

First lady Jill Biden visited Henrico Friday, promoting COVID-19 vaccinations for young children. She stopped by the county’s Health Department East Clinic on Laburnum Avenue with Dr. Ashish Jha, White House COVID-19 response coordinator, to tout the benefits of the vaccine, which recently was approved for children ages 6 months to 5 years.


Biden toured the health center and talked with parents whose children were waiting for shots, including Tuckahoe residents Kyle Wendling and Cathy Marcelo. The couple had brought their 9-month-old son Patrick to be vaccinated.


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Henrico proposes personal property tax relief to offset rising vehicle values

Plan would give a credit based on a 52-cent rate cut, make 1st payments due Aug. 5



The Henrico County Board of Supervisors will consider a personal property tax relief proposal that would give residents an additional 60 days to make their first payments and provide a credit on year-end bills to offset higher-than-expected vehicle values. With the credits, the county would provide an effective 52-cent reduction to the personal property tax rate for 2022, based on current estimates.

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Henrico approves $1.5 billion proposed budget for fiscal 2022-23

UPDATE: At its April 12 regular meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted to adopt the budget for fiscal year 2022-23. The spending plan will take effect July 1.



Highlights include 2-cent cut to real estate rate, more tax relief through REAP, 117 positions for public safety, education, $20 million to jumpstart bond projects


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