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City Of Hampton, VA
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, Va 23669
City Council - Public Hearing on FY14 Budget
Council Chambers, 8th Floor, City Hall
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
7:01 PM
W. H. "Billy" Hobbs, Jr., Will Moffett, Chris Snead, Christopher G. Stuart, Donnie R. Tuck, George E. Wallace, Molly Joseph Ward, Mayor
Mary Bunting, City Manager
Cynthia Hudson, City Attorney
Katherine K. Glass, CMC, Clerk of Council
not set, not set

Call to Order
  Mayor Ward called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m. All members of City Council were present.

Mayor Ward recognized Senators Mamie Locke and John Miller and Delegates Mayme Bacote and Jeion Ward. Delegate Ward briefly addressed Council.

Mayor Ward then recognized members of the Hampton School Board: Chairman Martha Mugler and Board Members Phyllis Henry, Joe Kilgore, Jennifer Phillips, and Monica Smith. Mr. Kilgore, Ms. Smith, Ms. Henry, and Ms. Phillips briefly addressed Council.
Invocation - Councilwoman Chris Snead
  Councilwoman Snead gave the invocation.
Pledge of Allegiance
1.13-0133Public Hearing to obtain the views of citizens on the FY2013-2014 Consolidated Annual Action Plan for Housing and Community Development, which includes the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Program Budgets
ACTION: Held Public Hearing - Hugh Bassette spoke requesting that the Old Northampton neighborhood take the place of the Sussex neighborhood.
2.13-0129Public Hearing to Receive Citizens' Comments Relative to the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget, and proposed taxes and fees, including: General Operating Budget (“General Fund”) Capital Improvement Fund Solid Waste Management Fund Stormwater Management Fund Wastewater Management Fund Fleet Services Fund Risk Management Fund Information Technology Fund Hampton Coliseum and Arts Fund Hampton Roads Convention Center Fund The Hamptons Golf Course Budget The Woodlands Golf Course Budget Economic Development Fund Hampton Roads Convention Center Budget Proposed Personal Property Tax Rate Proposed Real Estate Tax Rate (Increase)
ACTION: Held Public Hearing Teresa Seekins spoke in favor of keeping the Moton Early Childhood Center open.

Eileen Adams, Tonya Hutchinson, Dianne Congrove, Beverly Jo Satterfield, Shannon Horvath, Gene D’Alessandro, and Gail Croom spoke in favor of fully funding the budget for Hampton City Schools.

Linda Lawrence spoke in favor of the budget which would allow keeping Registered Nurses in the schools.

Elizabeth McCoury, Executive Director of the Coliseum Central Business Improvement District, stated that their Board supports fully funding the City Manager’s Recommended Budget.

Vivian Griese spoke in favor of the arts in public schools and fully funding the budget for Hampton City Schools.

John Michael McCormick spoke in support of funding Hampton City Schools to allow them to continue with an eight block schedule instead of a reduced schedule to seven blocks.

Pam Croom, President of the Hampton Federation of PTAs, spoke in favor of fully funding the budget for Hampton City Schools.

Jason Young thanked City Council for their support of the Denbigh House, a facility serving individuals with brain injuries, over the past six years.

Genie Robinson, a member of Hampton’s Citizens Unity Commission, spoke to correct an incorrect salary figure given in a recent letter to the Editor of the Daily Press. She also spoke on the activities of the Citizens Unity Commission.

Teresa Schmidt spoke on the real estate tax rate and urged care and caution as this is considered. She agrees that an increase is needed but it should only be slightly above what is needed.

David Dietrich spoke in opposition to continued increases in the City and School budgets.

Edwin Boone spoke in opposition to the proposed budget.

Irvin Hall spoke in favor of the tax increase but urged care and expressed the need to invest in the schools similarly to investing in research and development.

Sanford Pankin asked that the real estate tax rate not be raised.

Tony Casparriello urged Council to seek solutions that don’t require tax increases.

Johnnie Carroll stated that children are the most important resource and funds should be spent on the future.

Ryan Fontes spoke about the importance of preserving Hampton’s history.
  The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.