CITY COUNCIL SETS SPECIAL ELECTRONIC MEETING TO DISCUSS TAX DEFERRALS; SUSPENSION OF THE MEAL TAX; REDUCTION OF PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX RATE; EXPENDITURE REDUCTIONS AND MORE RELATED TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Latest update from VBGov.com Emergency Coronavirus page:

April 3, 2020

The City Council will hold a “Special Meeting by Electronic Communications Means” on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 3 p.m. to discuss tax deferrals; suspension of the meal tax; reduction of personal property tax rate; and areas for expenditure reductions necessitated by the pandemic. The City Council will also provide guidance to staff for preparation of any necessary resolutions or ordinances for Council’s consideration at a subsequent City Council Special Session.

Following the discussion, the City Council may consider the adoption of an item to address tax relief necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic in the form of an ordinance to suspend provisions of the City Code regarding penalties and interest upon certain local taxes during the pandemic, which is sponsored by Council Member John Moss.

While citizen comments will not be heard during this meeting, citizens are encouraged to submit comments to the City Council prior to the special meeting via email at CityCouncil@vbgov.com. The current Council agenda can be viewed online at VBgov.com.

The City Council will not be at City Hall (Building 1), which will remain closed to the public. The meeting can be viewed live on VBTV (Cox channel 48 & Verizon channel 45), online at VBgov.com/media and on Facebook.com/CityofVaBeach.

For the latest information, please visit emergency.vbgov.com/coronavirus and follow us on facebook.com/CityofVaBeach, twitter.com/CityofVaBeach and instagram.com/cityofvabeach.

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City Council Sets Special Electronic Meeting to Consider Continuity and Policy, and Discuss Tax Relief Related to COVID-19 Pandemic

The City Council will hold a “Special Meeting by Electronic Communications Means” on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 6 p.m. to consider four items to address the COVID-19 pandemic emergency; and to discuss tax relief necessitated by the pandemic.

People wanting to comment should follow a two-step registration process:

  1. Register at https://vbgov.webex.com/vbgov/onstage/g.php?MTID=e871f2421f8196abfb20bee4e6e94208f

  2. Register with the City Clerk’s Office by calling (757) 385-4303or via email at ABarnes@vbgov.com prior to 5:30 p.m. on March 31, 2020.

Everyone Must Do Their Part: Mayor Urges Compliance to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Businesses in violation of Governor Northam’s Executive Order may be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor, which in punishable by up to 12 months in jail, a fine of up to $2,500, or both.

However, if you must go out, it doesn’t matter whether you are walking along the boardwalk, standing in line for food at a restaurant or shopping inside a home improvement store. Do not congregate in groups and keep six feet away from other people. It is as simple–and as important–as that if we are going to contain the outbreak.

Our Volunteers are now required to wear a face mask on every call.

#BREAKTHECHAIN NOW

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⚠️COVID-19 CLOSURES UPDATE⚠️ With the health and safety of our community in mind, the following closures are in effect as of Thursday, March 26: 🚨All playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts, dog parks, and skate parks are CLOSED 🚨The larger playgrounds at signature parks (including Grommet Island at the Oceanfront, Kids Cove at Mount Trashmore, Little Island, Red Wing, and several others) have been barricaded with signage indicating closed until further notice. Although the 150+ other playgrounds at smaller parks and neighborhood parks will not be barricaded, they are still declared closed and citizens are not permitted to use them 🚨Signage has been placed at the high use basketball courts indicting closed until further notice. 🚨Volleyball courts have had their nets removed. 🚨The gates of the dog parks and skate parks are locked with signage placed indicating closed until further notice. ⚠️ If shelters continue to be gathering spots for groups, we can and will close them (in other words, please don't make us!) If we all follow the guidelines and maintain social distance, we can slow the spread of this virus which is our top concern. ➡️ For more updates on recreation centers, child care, and other programs, please read the FAQ document on our website VBgov.com/parks

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