Entertainment business operators blame, in part, a combination of meals taxes and admission taxes – a one-two punch that is one of the most brutal in the nation.
via Holmberg: Richmond taxes entertainment like it’s a sin – wtvr.
Dalal said the city had correctly made payments through a child-placement agency, which then passed the funds on to the foster parent. However, the city also incorrectly sent duplicate payments directly to the foster parent, he said.A social worker attributed the incorrect payments “to her lack of understanding regarding the payment process for therapeutic foster-care services,” Dalal said.
via City to be repaid $11,817 for duplicate payments to foster parent | Richmond Times-Dispatch.
The commission, which met for the first time in July, will develop strategies to: increase the number of school and community gardens in the city; to improve access to fresh food, particularly in poor neighborhoods; to educate residents about nutrition; and to establish programs to support local farms in their distribution of fresh foods. The task force will also draft a Richmond City Food System Plan.
via Richmond creates task force to increase access to healthy, fresh food | Richmond Times-Dispatch.
The exemption, which is retroactive to Jan. 1 and required under state law, covers a home and up to 1 acre of land…
via Richmond officials back break for disabled vets | Richmond Times-Dispatch.
The news release does not say how many taxpayers took advantage of the program or quantify the amount of penalties that were waived. It says 21 percent of the amount collected was a direct result of the amnesty program.
via Richmond real-estate tax amnesty program nets $7.1 million | Richmond Times-Dispatch.
In 2004 Richmond City Council hiked Richmond’s longtime 5% meals tax to 6%.Money collected from the added 1% was to help fund a new downtown performing arts center.
Later City Council voted to keep the tax in place and diverted the money to a “general fund.”
via Facebook Richmond Meals Tax: Facebook Page Targets Meals Tax in Richmond, Virginia – wtvr.
Nationwide, the FBI’s preliminary figures suggest that fewer violent crimes occurred last year in the United States than in any year in more than 30 years, leaving law-enforcement officials and criminologists at a loss at how to explain the declines.
via Major crime drops 6.2% | Richmond Times-Dispatch.
The agreement, which has been discussed for more than one year, covers an initial term of five years and will provide the city with $75,000 annually, plus $500,000 for use of a crane.
via Virginia Port Authority approves lease of Port of Richmond | Richmond Times-Dispatch.
“The parents and the taxpayers deserve to have honest statistics,” Goldman said. “This wasn’t just by accident. They’ve been doing this for years.”
via Is Richmond cheating on its SAT scores? – wtvr.
VCU stopped parking on the portion thought to most likely contain graves, but the school kept 340 spaces for staff and students.
via VCU board approves transfer of burial ground lot to city | Richmond Times-Dispatch.