'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.’”Continue reading In State of the County address, Vithoulkas credits community engagement for success on bond referendum, other initiatives