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1VAC50-20-601. City-town transitions.

In developing its findings of fact and recommendations with respect to a proposed transition of a city to town status, the commission shall consider the information, data, and factors listed in this section. Any city filing notice with the commission that it proposes to become a town or any petition for the transition of a city to town status that has been referred to the commission by the court pursuant to 15.2-4104 of the Code of Virginia should be accompanied by data and other evidence responsive to each element listed in this section that is relevant to the proposed transition.

1. Map or maps showing (i) the boundaries of the city proposed for transition and their geographic relationship to other political boundaries; (ii) identifiable unincorporated communities; (iii) major streets, highways, schools, and other major public facilities; (iv) significant geographic features, including mountains and bodies of water; (v) existing uses of the land within the city, including residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural; and (vi) information deemed relevant as to the possible future use of the land within the city.

2. The past, the estimated current, and the projected future population and population of the city and the county affected by the proposed transition, and the estimated density of the city and the affected county.

3. A land-use table showing both the acreage and percentage of land currently devoted to the various categories of land use in the city and the county affected by the proposed transition.

4. The past, the estimated current, and a five-year projection of the future number of public school students enrolled in the public schools and the number of school-age children living in the city and the county affected by the proposed transition.

5. The assessed values, by major classification for real property, personal property, machinery and tools, merchants' capital, and public service corporation property for the current year and the preceding 10 years for the city and for the county affected by the proposed transition.

6. The current local property and nonproperty tax rates, and the rates for the preceding 10 years, applicable within the city and the county affected by the proposed transition.

7. The estimated current local revenue collections (including receipts from real property, personal property, machinery and tools, consumer utility, sales taxes, etc., and receipts from nontax sources) and intergovernmental aid, and the collections and aid for the preceding 10 years, for the city and the county affected by the proposed transition.

8. The identification of those services performed by the city that are proposed for assumption by the county as a result of the proposed transition, the number of customers or recipients of each service within the city that would be served by the county subsequent to the transition, and the aggregate annual cost to the county for the provision of services within the city.

9. The identification of those services that would be provided by the town subsequent to the proposed reversion, the number of recipients of each service within the municipality, and the aggregate annual cost to the proposed town for the provision of services.

10. The identification of those city-owned facilities that are proposed for transfer to the county, the identification of those that would be retained by the proposed town, and the current fair market value and the outstanding city debt attributable to each facility.

11. The current outstanding debt of the city, the applicable portion of debt stated as a percentage of the city's constitutional debt limit, and the current schedule for the retirement of all municipal debt.

12. The identification of that portion of the city's indebtedness that is proposed for transfer to the county and the purposes for which the debt has been incurred.

13. Estimates of the annual amount of tax and nontax revenues to be collected by the county within the municipality subsequent to the proposed transition.

14. Estimates of the annual additional amount of intergovernmental aid to be received by the county as a result of the proposed transition.

15. An estimate of the net aggregate fiscal impact of the proposed transition on the county during the initial year subsequent to the transition and during each of the ensuing five years.

16. An estimate of the adjustment required in the county's real property tax rate, assuming that the net aggregate fiscal impact on the county resulting from the transition is addressed solely by an adjustment in the rate.

17. An estimate of the net aggregate fiscal impact of the proposed transition on the city during the initial year subsequent to the transition and during each of the ensuing five years.

18. An estimate of the adjustment required in the municipality's real property tax rate, assuming that the net aggregate fiscal impact on the city resulting from the transition is addressed solely by an adjustment in the rate.

19. The effect of the proposed transition on compliance with and the promotion of applicable state policies with respect to environmental protection, public planning, education, public transportation, housing, and other state service policies declared by the General Assembly.

20. Specification of the terms and conditions that should be established by the court to balance the equities between the city and the county; protect the best interests of the affected localities, their residents, and the Commonwealth; and ensure an orderly transition of the city to town status.

21. The commission's staff shall endeavor to assist the parties involved in proceedings for the transition of a city to town status by identifying additional data elements considered by the commission to be relevant in the disposition of city to town transition issues.

Statutory Authority

15.2-2903 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 22, Issue 26, eff. October 4, 2006.


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