Government Reporter, Virginian-Pilot
Virginian-Pilot staff writer. Covers Chesapeake and Suffolk city governments.
hamptonroads.com — When the City Council this week takes up the proposed operating budget for fiscal 2014, it also will consider whether to begin looking for a permanent solution to crowding at the city's jail.
hamptonroads.com — If you have concerns, comments or questions about the city's tax and spending plan for next fiscal year, you'll have one last chance to voice them next week. The City Council is scheduled to hold a second and final public hearing May 14 on the proposed $910.5 million budget submitted last month by City Manager James Baker.
hamptonroads.com — If you live or own property in a flood-prone zone, you've probably already heard the bad news: Your flood insurance is about to go through the ceiling. Due to changes in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), flood-insurance rates in the city soon will go up by 25 to 850 percent, City Council members were told last week.
hamptonroads.com — Hello Chesapeake. I'm Jeff Sheler, and I'm happy to make your acquaintance. For the next little while, you'll be seeing my name - and sometimes my face (and for that I apologize) - on Pilot and Clipper stories emanating from City Hall.
hamptonroads.com — SUFFOLK With property values down for a fifth straight year, city leaders Wednesday offered a budget blueprint that raises the real estate tax rate, boosts school funding and holds most other spending in check. The proposed $179.3 million operating budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 reflects a $5.7 million increase from this year.
hamptonroads.com — SUFFOLK A mini-construction boom will soon get under way in the East Suffolk Gardens neighborhood off of White Marsh Road, east of downtown. City Council agreed March 20 to hand over 3.1 acres of city-owned land on Lake Kennedy Drive to Housing Hampton Roads Inc., a subsidiary of Habitat for Humanity, which plans to build up to a dozen houses for low-to-moderate income families.
hamptonroads.com — SUFFOLK After months of wrangling over the details, the city is about to go from being one of the most lenient to one of the toughest on dog owners who leave their pets tethered and unattended outdoors. The City Council voted 6-2 to enact an outright ban
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