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Egret 

An egret surveys its realm on Jones Creek, which flanks much of the property included in the expanded Development Service District envisioned in ISLE2040. 
 

ISLE target is sensitive

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News editor

The Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors appears poised to allow higher-density development in one of the more environmentally sensitive areas of the county as part of its ISLE2040 plan.

Agencies including the National Resource Conservation Service, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agree that building in sensitive, low-lying zones — such as the Carrollton area — presents unique challenges.

 

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School Board adopts $60.9 million budget

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Staff writer

The Isle of Wight School Board will present a $60.9 million fiscal year 2016 budget to the Board of Supervisors.

The Board voted Monday night to approve the budget, 3-1, with Carrsville representative Robert Eley dissenting.

The proposed budget is down $650,000 from earlier proposals after the School Board attempted to give the Board of Supervisors, which requested a flat budget, something slimmer.

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Thru trucks vexing Smithfield

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Staff writer

The town of Smithfield is trying once again to stop tractor-trailer trucks from traversing the town’s historic district.

The “no through truck” signs are up and the ban is on the town books, but officials from the Virginia Department of Transportation and town officials say the town must submit proper paperwork for it to be official.

 

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Property values unchanged

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News editor 

Isle of Wight property values remained flat since the last reassessment in 2012, according to the commissioner of revenue.

Residential and commercial property rose about 1 percent, multi-family went up about 3 percent, while agricultural land fell 8 percent resulting in no overall increase in value, said Isle of Wight Commissioner of Revenue Gerald Gwaltney Thursday at the Board of Supervisors meeting.  

 

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Staff plan to trim appeals period rejected

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News editor

An effort by Isle of Wight County staff to dramatically reduce the amount of time residents have to appeal a property reassessment was defeated 4-1 by the Board of Supervisors.

Currently, Isle of Wight residents have up to a year to make an appeal to the Board of Equalization. Staff wanted to reduce that to 60 days because it interfered with county budget planning. 

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