Lawmakers Visit Richmond for Local Government Day

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV) -- Local leaders from the Valley had money on their minds as they met with state lawmakers in Richmond.

Focusing on the finances, city and county leaders, from the Valley said unfunded mandates and requirements that local governments have to follow without state money to back them up are an increasing problem.

"We always come down here, we plead with them to please don't give us unfunded mandates. And every year we continue to get unfunded mandates of some type," said Larry Wills, the chair of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors.

This year a new burden has come into play in the form of storm-water management and its costs.

"The localities will become responsible for the storm-water management where the state used to have responsibilities," said Wills.

Issues like those are one reason city leaders said they go to Richmond.

"We seriously don't expect a lot of new revenues to come our way, we recognize the world beyond the limits of Harrisonburg," said Kurt Hodgen, the city manager for the City of Harrisonburg.

"We're down here to make sure they do no harm. It's just trying to look out for the taxpayers on the local level," said Ted Byrd, the Mayor of Harrisonburg.

"They're our delegates, and they're elected by the people in our region, and they need and they want to hear what issues will potentially impact them," said Lacy King, the Mayor of Staunton.

Making sure their voices are heard in the halls of the capitol.


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