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City Of Hampton, VA
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, Va 23669
City Council - Special Meeting/Budget Public Hearing
Council Chambers, 8th Floor, City Hall
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
6:59:20 PM
Ross A. Kearney, II, Will Moffett, Joseph H. Spencer, II, 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

Call to Order
  Vice Mayor Wallace called the meeting to order. Mayor Ward was not present.
Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
  Councilman Kearney gave the invocation. The Clerk called the roll and read the protocol for public hearings.
Public Hearing - 2012-2013 Consolidated Annual Action Plan
1.12-0140Public hearing to obtain the views of citizens and review the 2012-2013 Consolidated Annual Action Plan, which includes the fiscal year 2012-2013 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment partnership (HOME) program budgets.
ACTION: Presented by Amanda Olwig, Neighborhood Grant Clerk. Aaron Carter of the Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority provided additional information and offered to have representatives meet with any members of City Council for a thorough response to any questions. The City Manager and Angelique Shenk, Senior Neighborhood Development Specialist, also provided information.
ACTION: Held Public Hearing - Hugh Bassette spoke on behalf of the Old Northampton neighborhood.
Public Hearing - Fiscal Year 2013 Budget
2.12-0150Public Hearing to Receive Citizens' Comments Relative to the: Fiscal Year 2013 General Fund Capital Improvement Fund Solid Waste Management Fund Stormwater Management Fund Wastewater Management Fund The Hamptons Golf Course budget Economic Development Fund Hampton Roads Convention Center budget Proposed Real Estate Property Tax rate of $1.04 per $100 of Assessed Value Proposed Personal Property Tax Rate Fiscal Year 2013 Proposed Cigarette Tax Rate Increase, and Proposed Meals Tax Increase.
ACTION: Held Public Hearing - Fred Brewer, Chairman of the Hampton School Board introduced board members Phyllis Henry, Martha Mugler, Jennifer Phillips, and Joe Kilgore, and Dr. Linda Shifflette, Superintendent of Schools. He gave a presentation on the Hampton City Schools budget.

The following individuals also spoke on the budget:

Steven Brown spoke as Chairman of the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board about their funding and the services they provide.

Alan Bourne spoke in opposition to an increase in the cigarette tax stating it harms local small businessmen by driving business out of Hampton and to York County.

Morgan Lang spoke on behalf of the Hampton Roads Sports Commission requesting that Hampton return as a regional partner.

Julia Templeman and Sharmae Stringfield spoke together on behalf of the Hampton Youth Commission and their budget priorities developed after a meeting with the City's Budget Director. They expressed concern about reduced library hours and funding for youth civic engagement.

Martha Mugler, Jennifer Phillips, Joe Kilgore and Phyllis Henry, members of the Hampton School Board, spoke in support of the Hampton City School's budget.

James S. McNider, III, President of the Hampton Educational Foundation, read their resolution dated April 24, 2012, endorsing an increase in the real estate tax rate if required to dedicate an additional $1 million to the city's schools.

Elizabeth McCoury, Executive Director of the Coliseum Central Business Improvement District, spoke in support of the City Manager's recommended budget.

Hugh Bassette spoke on behalf of the Old Northampton Community Association and their need for phase three of their curb and gutter project.

Rajik Patel, Jerry Patel, and Sanket Acharya spoke in opposition to an increase in the cigarette tax.

Edwin Boone spoke about spending on a new city department and a statue that could have been used in other ways. He also requested a refund of overpaid taxes for business license tax.

Johnnie Carroll spoke about the need for funding for children's education and opposition to a new a courthouse.

Chuck Nichols, President of the Hampton Professional Firefighters Association, stated they support the City Manager's recommended budget.
  The City Manager reminded those in attendance that there is another public hearing on the budget next week with the final budget meeting scheduled for May 9, 2012. The meeting was adjourned at 8:31 p.m.