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City of NorfolkGive Your Input on Norfolk’s 2015 Legislative Priorities

The public comment period for Norfolk’s Draft 2015 Legislative Priorities is open and citizens are encouraged to review and provide their input.   The package inc
ludes City Council’s preliminarily identified 2015 strategic priorities, legislative requests, legislative priorities, and state budgeting principles. View Norfolk’s Draft 2015 Legislative Priorities at http://www.norfolk.gov/NorfolkPriorities and please take the time to comment.  The public comment period closes Monday, November 17, 2014 at 5pm.  

In this year’s draft priorities package, Council has identified public education, flooding mitigation, and enhanced mobility as the city’s three highest strategic priorities.  Considering the substantial state cuts already absorbed by the city over the past several years, the Council is asking the Governor and 2015 General Assembly to:  (1) hold the city harmless from any additional state funding cuts or cost shifting away for shared services; (2) provide enhanced public education and accreditation improvement support; and (3) direct the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee to conduct a study on how the Commonwealth distributes transportation funding.

This year Council has assigned priority to several legislative initiatives that are expected to be considered during the 2015 General Assembly Session, for example:  (1) Creation of a Governor’s School for Innovation & Entrepreneurship; (2) Norfolk Public Schools Technical High School; (3) Behavior and Mental Health; (4) Water Quality Funding; (5) and a requirement limiting the amount of deferred roadway maintenance that can be included on a Public-Private Transportation Project.   A report on comments received will be issued to Council prior to their planned finalization in November. Once a date is scheduled, citizens will also have an opportunity to address the Council regarding any comments they may have on the package prior finalization by Resolution.   



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