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If you have any questions, please e-mail the Voter Registrar or call us at 757-926-8683.
The CIP is a dynamic instrument that may change from year to year as infrastructure needs in the city are identified. Basically, the preparation, approval and financing process for the CIP are:
First, the city prepares the multi-year planning document based on all known information about particular projects. Project categories are developed for buildings, school facilities, sewers, streets, etc.
The next step is to request City Council adoption of a resolution approving the CIP. This is an important step that indicates that the city has identified certain infrastructure needs. It does not mean that all projects will be accomplished within the time frames shown in the planning document. Project timing may change for a variety of reasons such as alternative ways to get the project accomplished, need for the project and cost. The City Council has total flexibility to accept, reject or modify projects in the plan.
Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) changes require a different procedure. Upon the recommendation of the city Manager, the City Council may amend the Capital Improvements Plan by a majority of affirmative vote. The CIP is not a formal budget. Appropriations are made on a project-by-project basis only. Only the first year of the plan is approved by City Council on an annual basis. This provides the City Council with flexibility in executing the plan and the ability to add to the CIP with unprogrammed projects as necessary.
If you have any questions, please email Budget and Evaluation.
Financing projects is similar to a homeowner’s mortgage. The city borrows a large sum of cash to pay for projects and then repays it with interest over a long period of time, generally 20 years. The amount repaid each year is called debt service. The general purpose behind the use of long-term debt for financing capital projects is that these facilities will last for many years so that current taxpayers will not have to absorb the full cost of their construction. Borrowing also serves to smooth the cost impact of large expensive structures (such as a school or fire station) over more than the facility’s shorter construction period.
Before the city can borrow the funds or even commit to begin a project, State law requires that several steps be complied with.
The State requires that a public hearing be conducted on a bond authorization by the City Council. A bond authorization indicates an amount of funds that the city intends to borrow (at some time in the future) to pay for capital projects. A notice (advertisement) that the public hearing will be held by the City Council must be advertised in the newspaper twice during the 2-week time period before the public hearing is actually held. The advertisement lists the amount of funds that the city intends to borrow (at some time in the future) and provides an estimate of the amount of money by category that it intends to spend on capital projects. The public hearing gives citizens an opportunity to express their views about the city’s intention to incur additional debt for capital projects.
If the bond authorization is not approved, capital projects can only be done when the city has saved enough money to pay cash for the project.
If the bond authorization is approved by the City Council, it signifies that the city will use bonds as the fund source to pay for projects up to the amount of the bond authorization. It does not mean that the city intends to sell bonds immediately or even in the very near future. Generally, the city only sells bonds when the cash is needed and when market conditions are the most favorable (lowest interest rates) for the city to borrow the money.
Approval of funding is called an “appropriation.” When an appropriation of funds is made, construction or whatever work the project calls for may start. Once the work begins, the city is generally committed to doing the project and eventually selling bonds. If you have any questions, please email Budget and Evaluation.
This procedure is in the best interest of the city as it maximizes the use of the city’s available cash. Bond sales are timed to market conditions (interest rates) and actual cash needs. Actual cash needs are determined by the amount of funds that have been expended on individual capital projects.
If the CIP is approved, the financing process can be summarized as:
Physical Neglect – begs or steals food, constant fatigue, extended stays at school, consistent hunger, poor hygiene, unattended physical problems or medical needs, consistent lack of supervision, abandonment. Sexual Abuse – highly sexualized play, excessive seductiveness, sexually transmitted disease (preteens), pregnancy, difficulty walking or sitting, pain or itching in the genital area, bruises or bleeding in external genitalia, regressive behaviors, bedwetting. Emotional Maltreatment – speech disorders, delayed physical development, learning problems, habit disorders (sucking, biting, rocking) antisocial and/or destructive behavior, passive aggressive behavior extremes, pleasure from hurting others or animals. This information is provided by the Virginia Department of Social Services guide on recognizing child abuse and neglect. These indicators alone might not be a call for abuse and may be cause for concern of something other than abuse. Recognizing these indicators help professionals observe children and determine their best interests. Through the training process, CASA’s learn how to make decisions on a child’s best interest. CASA’s do not determine if abuse or neglect has occurred nor do they investigate abuse or neglect. CASA’s are mandated reporters and work very closely with DSS Workers in following up with these concerns. For more information please visit www.dss.virginia.gov.
Any two single, divorced or widowed individuals, 18 years of age or older may apply for a license to marry. You do not need to live in Newport News to obtain a license here.
Licenses are obtained in the Circuit Court Clerk’s office located on the first floor in the Courthouse Building at 2500 Washington Avenue in downtown Newport News across from City Hall. Both parties must be present and each must present a government issued, pictured i.d. such as a driver’s license.
There is no blood test required and you do not need to bring a copy of any divorce decree - however, you will be required to swear under penalty of perjury that the information you are providing, including your marital status, is truthful and correct.
You will be required to furnish your social security number but this number will not show on your license.
The license may be used only in the Commonwealth of Virginia. You cannot legally marry in another state using a Virginia marriage license. The license to marry must be used within 60 days, after which it expires. If you do not marry within 60 days Virginia law requires that you return the unused license to this office. If you still wish to marry you must apply for a new license.
Your ceremony must be conducted by an official authorized to perform marriages by a Virginia court. Most members of the clergy affiliated with a local congregation have this authorization.
If your ceremony is to be performed by an out of state clergy member coming here specifically for your wedding he or she must first contact this office for further instructions.
If you wish to marry in a civil ceremony you should contact one of our marriage commissioners. Their names and phone numbers are on business cards available when you apply for your license.
The cost of the license is $30.00 payable in cash or check drawn on a Virginia bank. You may also pay by credit card, however a 2% convenience fee is charged for this service. Certified copies may be ordered and paid for at the time of application for an additional fee of $2.00 per copy.
Marriage licenses are issued weekdays from 8 AM to 4 PM. We are not open on weekends or on state or federal holidays. Although there is no waiting period to use your license you should not wait until the last day before your planned wedding to obtain your license as the courthouse is subject to close for emergencies at any time without advance notice.
All persons, bags and packages entering the courthouse are subject to search by court security and you will be required to pass through an x-ray scanner upon entry.
Do not bring with you anything that could be considered a weapon, any controlled drug substances or other contraband and do not bring your cell phone.
Also, the courthouse is not an environment suitable for children. Should you have children you should make every effort to have them cared for elsewhere while you and your fiancée conduct your business with the court.
Congratulations and best wishes on your upcoming wedding.
Gary S. AndersonClerk
The money collected by the city from taxes, grants, fees, and many other sources to pay for this plan is called revenue. The money spent on salaries, materials, and equipment to provide these planned services and facilities is called expenditures. By city law, revenues and expenditures must be equal in the Annual Budget. This is what is meant by a balanced budget.
In Newport News, water services are provided by a separate department with its own distinct budget. Likewise, automotive maintenance and repair services for city-owned vehicles, solid waste collections, and wastewater (sewer) maintenance are provided by a department with an individual budget separate from the other general operating city departments. The City Council must give approval to each separate budget. They are included in the city’s overall (total) budget plan.
If you have any questions, please email the Department of Budget and Evaluation.
In addition, the city creates a budget because it is legally required to do so. Section §6.02 of the City Charter requires the city to prepare an Annual Operating Budget. If you have any questions, please email the Department of Budget and Evaluation.
The Department of Budget and Evaluation (DBE) develops the City Manager’s budget guidelines for the city departments and agencies. These directions are issued in early October. Department heads use these guidelines and their own analysis of their departmental needs, and prepare their operating budget requests during November through January, submitting them to DBE.
Following the Budget Department’s analysis of these requests, operating department personnel and DBE staff meet to jointly review the requested budget. The requested budget is then reviewed again, by the operating department, DBE staff, and with the City Manager. At the conclusion of this series of hearings and reviews, the City Manager decides upon a specific level of total funding to be proposed in the budget. After all funding decisions have been made by the City Manager, a Proposed Budget is prepared by the Budget Department.
Under the law, the City Manager’s proposed budget must be submitted to the City Council no later than May 1 (“...60 days prior to the beginning of each fiscal year...,” City Charter, Section §6.02). The City Council may conduct several work sessions on the budget at this time using supplementary information such as staffing data and program details as needed. Also at this time, public hearings on the City Manager’s proposed budget held, as required by the City Charter. They must occur within 30 days after the City Manager’s proposed budget is submitted (Section §6.02). Only 1 public budget hearing is required; however, 2 are usually held - 1 each in the northern and southern areas of the city.
City Council may conduct further work sessions on the budget after the public hearings. The proposed budget is voted upon at a regularly scheduled City Council meeting, concluding with adoption of the budget, with rate and fee and appropriation ordinances.
The approved budget takes effect on July 1, marking the beginning of the new fiscal year. Only 8 weeks later, the preparation of the next year’s budget begins again, as the current budget is implemented and the past year’s audit of financial activity is prepared. If you have any questions, please email the Department of Budget and Evaluation.
One good way to gain a sense of the diversity of involvement in the budget process is to glance down a list of speakers for a typical budget hearing. There are speakers representing senior citizens, public education, the handicapped, taxpayers associations, and the general citizenry, for example. These community group representatives, as well as elected officials, individuals, department heads, the Budget Department staff, and other interested parties, all have an important role in the budget setting process.
Citizen recommendations presented to the City Council and City Manager at the public budget hearings subsequently are discussed at work sessions by them with the Budget staff and department directors and their staff as necessary. All of these participants contribute to the final decisions each year on what are the most important citizen needs for public services and facilities in Newport News and their funding levels. If you have any questions, please email the Department of Budget and Evaluation.
The adopted (approved) budget is usually available at the start of the new fiscal year, in order to allow sufficient time for incorporating any changes to the proposed budget and for printing the document in final form. The adopted budget document is then available for examination in any city library, on the city’s website, or the Budget Department. The city presently prints limited budget documents for distribution to all city libraries, City Council, and operating departments of the city. The budget document is not printed in quantity for general distribution to organizations or individuals.
Supplementary appropriations that may be needed require the recommendation of the City Manager and approval of the City Council. Sufficient funds must be available for such appropriation. If you have any questions, please email the Department of Budget and Evaluation.
Many city revenues, while paid by citizens as taxes to the state and federal levels, come back to the city in the form of aid programs or grants. Each year, the city or city agencies receive funds from state and federal sources for everything from transportation projects to education assistance. Even though these programs are paid for with revenue derived from a citizen’s income and sales taxes, the city usually has little choice in deciding on what to spend the money. The federal and state governments establish the policies and guidelines for these programs that the city must follow in order to be eligible to receive these grants and aid.
While it is still true that much of government revenue is derived from local taxes, user fees are a source of funds for selected public services. Water, sewer, garbage collection, and certain recreation programs are a few examples of public services whose costs are paid for primarily by user charges. If you have any questions, please email the Department of Budget and Evaluation.
A far more serious situation exits when revenues are over-estimated and/or not budgeted expenses are incurred, so that a potential deficit situation exists. In such instances, immediate action has to be taken to curtail spending. There is little, if any, opportunity to pursue the alternative remedy, that is, to increase revenue yields, once the budget has been approved. To date, the General Fund has never incurred a year-end deficit from this type of situation. If you have any questions, please email the Department of Budget and Evaluation.
The CIP is a dynamic instrument that may change from year to year as infrastructure needs in the city are identified. Basically, the preparation, approval and financing process for the CIP are:
Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) changes require a different procedure. Upon the recommendation of the City Manager, the City Council may amend the Capital Improvements Plan by a majority of affirmative vote. The CIP is not a formal budget. Appropriations are made on a project-by-project basis only. Only the first year of the plan is approved by City Council on an annual basis. This provides the City Council with flexibility in executing the plan and the ability to add to the CIP with unprogrammed projects as necessary.If you have any questions, please email the Department of Budget and Evaluation.
The state requires that a public hearing be conducted on a bond authorization by the City Council. A bond authorization indicates an amount of funds that the city intends to borrow (at some time in the future) to pay for capital projects. A notice (advertisement) that the public hearing will be held by the City Council must be advertised in the newspaper twice during the two-week time period before the public hearing is actually held. The advertisement lists the amount of funds that the city intends to borrow (at some time in the future) and provides an estimate of the amount of money by category that it intends to spend on capital projects.
The public hearing gives citizens an opportunity to express their views about the city’s intention to incur additional debt for capital projects. If the bond authorization is not approved, capital projects can only be done when the city has saved enough money to pay cash for the project.
If the bond authorization is approved by the City Council, it signifies that the city will use bonds as the fund source to pay for projects up to the amount of the bond authorization. It does not mean that the city intends to sell bonds immediately or even in the very near future. Generally, the city only sells bonds when the cash is needed and when market conditions are the most favorable (lowest interest rates) for the city to borrow the money. If you have any questions, please email the Department of Budget and Evaluation.
Written comments, whether or not you personally attend a hearing, are always accepted before or after a hearing by mailing or delivering your comments to the City Clerk’s office. Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number, date, and the subject matter or hearing to which your comments pertain.
Those residents who prefer to voice their views in a less formal forum than public hearings may wish to do so through involvement in organizations such as their PTA or civic associations, as these groups frequently maintain a continuing interest in the budget and often delegate representatives to speak at public hearings. A listing of City Council appointed Boards, Commissions, and Committees can be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office.
These groups provide advisory and administrative support to the City Council through their varied statutory functions. It is through these groups that a variety of citizen’s concerns are heard, acted upon, or recommended to the City Council for action. If you have any questions, please email the Department of Budget and Evaluation.
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Due to their dual-role responsibilities, Recruits hired will be required to successfully graduate from the physically demanding Tidewater Regional Fire Academy (TRFA) and the EMT – Intermediate Program.
If you take a photo of the problem and then change your location before submitting the report, be sure to point the map marker to the correct location of the problem.
Select the service request you want to save (from “Recent” or “My Requests”) and tap the star icon at the upper right. That service request will appear in My Favorites.
If a parking fine is not paid within 30 days a Law Enforcement Notice is sent. After 30 days an additional $25 fine is levied on the parking ticket and an approximate, 15 days later, a summons is issued.Once a summons has been issued, payment may not be accepted by the Treasurer's Office. You must appear before the Records Management Division of the Police Department (9710 Jefferson Ave., 757-928-4100 between the hours of 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday) to have the summons served. If you have any questions, feel free to email the Treasurer's Office.
The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, effective November 11, 2009, amends the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. Spouses of active duty military members who have vehicles titled in their name or jointly with the service member may be exempt from personal property tax if certain conditions are met. Please contact the Commissioner of the Revenue at 757-926-8657 for more information.
The Personal Property Tax Relief Act of 1998 provides tax relief for any passenger car, motorcycle, or pickup or panel truck having a registered gross weight of less than 7,501 pounds. The vehicle must be owned and leased by an individual and not for business purposes. A vehicle is considered to be used for business purposes if:
You are required to certify annually to the city of Newport News that your vehicle remains qualified to receive car tax relief. Therefore, it is important that you review the information sent to you by your locality to be sure that your vehicles are properly qualified. This information may be included on items such as personal property tax returns, decal applications or tax bills.If your vehicle is improperly qualified or you are uncertain whether your vehicle would be eligible for car tax relief because it is used part of the time for business purposes, contact the Office of the Commissioner of Revenue at 757-926-8657. When you display your city of Newport News decal and pay your taxes on qualified vehicles, you are certifying to the city of Newport News that your vehicle has been qualified correctly.
Each assessment is established according to fair market value on July 1. This is a legal mandate and the assessor has no authority to cap assessments at a certain percentage increase, or use an average factor to adjust assessments. If you have any questions, please email the Real Estate Assessor's Office.
The assessor has no authority to reduce or abate assessments for the above mentioned reasons. If the assessor were allowed to make such reductions, there could be no uniformity or equity in the assessment system. While assessments cannot be reduced, real estate tax relief may be granted if certain requirements are met. Additional information concerning the requirements for this program may be obtained by calling the Commissioner of the Revenue at 757-926-3535.
If you have any questions, please email the Real Estate Assessor's Office.
Once the problem is defined,the city (working with the neighborhood task force) will develop a plan of action. When possible, all measures are monitored for a period of not less than 60 days so that the impacts to the community can be ascertained. After this trial period the second petition,the Petition for Master Plan Support will need to signed by the residents representing at least 75% of the impacted area of concern. With this support, and approval from the city Manager, the project will move to the final phase of implementation.
A local road with less than 500 vehicles per day does not involve physical changes to the street, can be implemented by the city, and include such items as education, deploying a radar speed trailer to allow drivers to monitor their traffic speeds, directed police enforcement, posting signs to restrict commercial vehicles from using the street or restricting certain maneuvers such as right turns. If you have any questions, please email the Department of Engineering.
Single family residential customers using a significant amount of water that is not discharged into the sanitary sewer system (typically irrigation systems or swimming pools) can establish a non-metered account with HRSD.
Alternatively, these customers may have a separate water service installed by their local water provider solely for the uses that do not discharge to the sanitary sewer. This separate service will not be billed wastewater treatment charges by HRSD. Other local water charges may apply. Customers should check with their local water provider for details (Waterworks number is 757-926-1000. To reach HRSD, call 757-460-2491 or 1-888-ASK-HRUBS 1-888-275-4782 ore-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Have you increased your usage (outdoor watering, house guests, filled the swimming pool or hot tub, power washed the house)?
3. Have the water rates increased and you were caught unaware?
4. Was your meter misread? Give us a call 757-926-1000 and we’ll recheck the reading.
Plus, Newport News Waterworks regularly tests drinking water for contaminants, including lead.In addition, any Waterworks customer may receive one free tap water lead test. Please call Waterworks Customer Services at 757-926-1000 (Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM) for details. Additional water quality information can be found on the Waterworks web site below.
Tier 1 - advisoryResidents are asked to voluntarily do their part to make water supplies last longer. This includes minimizing all outdoor water use such as lawn watering and car washing.
Tier 2 - mandatoryWorsening conditions allow for higher water rates and restricted water use as determined by the situation.
Tier 3 - severeWorsening conditions allow for higher water rates and restricted water use as determined by the situation.
Tier 4 - emergency Worsening conditions allow for higher water rates and severely restricted use may include suspension of new connections.
For more information, contact Newport News Waterworks Customer Service at 757-926-1000.
Your first step should be to go out to see what color truck it is and/or see what words are on the truck. Waterworks trucks are blue. Virginia Natural Gas and Dominion Power both have their name on their trucks.
1. Do you have a leak? Check indoor and outdoor faucets, toilets, pipes under sinks and check your yard between the meter and the house. Leaks are the NUMBER 1 reason for unexpectedly high water bills. Find out how to check for and fix leaks at 2. Have you increased your usage (outdoor watering, house guests, filled the swimming pool or hot tub, power washed the house)?3. Have the water rates increased and you were caught unaware?4. Was your meter misread? Give us a call at 757-926-1000, and we’ll recheck the reading.
For payments made from credit/debit cards * A credit/debit card payment is a “real-time” transaction, meaning that the payment process will begin immediately after you enter your card number and click “submit.”* A credit card payment initiated before 8pm Eastern Time on a business day will be credited to your Waterworks account on the following business day.* A credit card payment made after 8pm Eastern Time or on a weekend or holiday will be credited to your Waterworks account within two business days.Timing of Credit Card PaymentsIf you make your Credit Card payment before 8pm ET on... Your account will be credited on... Monday Tuesday Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday Thursday Thursday Friday Friday The following Monday Saturday The following Tuesday Sunday The following Tuesday
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We have run into situations where the new owners did not request service until months later and then the previous owner/customer wants Waterworks to back date the move-out request when they didn’t give us an original request to terminate service.
If the hydrant is damaged or shooting water in the air, contact the emergency number at 757-234-4800.
The cost structure per week is:
KIDS Program (Brittingham—Midtown Community Center and Denbigh Early Childhood Center): • Before School — $45• After School — $59• AM and PM — $79• Full Day (3—4 Year Olds) — $95Elementary Schools and Middle Schools: • Before School — $45• After School — $59• AM and PM — $79