At the panel’s Aug. 12 meeting, County Administrator Jay Stegmaier told the Liaison Committee that the county’s budget for fiscal 2011, which began July 1, is on track so far.
“What we have seen in terms of revenue trends, we are pretty much where we said we would be,” he said, and Chesterfield has been outperforming its neighbors in the region.
“I don’t think we can remind people enough about the importance of supporting local business.”
Stegmaier said the perspective he’s trying to encourage in Chesterfield County is that within downward trends and falling averages there are a host of plusses and minuses. For example, inside the beltway around Washington, D.C., the property values are skyrocketing again, he said.
“The question is, within the Richmond market, who’s going to do a better job promoting business,” Stegmaier said. He thinks the goal for Chesterfield County should be, “we’re going to win the Central Virginia market,” he said.
Matoaca District Supervisor Marleen Durfee said Chesterfield County is “bucking the trend a little bit,” but it still needs to work through the imbalance that exists between housing and business development.
“We all had to swallow some things in the last year we didn’t want to swallow,” Stegmaier said, but it’s time to start pushing the positive. School Board Chairman David Wyman said the county also needs to emphasize that its schools are improving, too.
Also at its Aug. 12 meeting, the panel set its agenda for the coming months. Members of the committee suggested several discussion topics, including shared services, county and school Capital Improvement Plans and budgets, the schools’ role in economic development, the schools’ role in zoning and land use matters, infrastructure issues and safety.
The panel decided to focus on several areas from September to December, including shared and consolidated services, budgets and CIPs and the school system’s plans for the old Clover Hill High School.