Four Councilmembers to Host Budget Town Hall Meeting April 13

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

City Councilmembers Ben Davenport, Bob Dyer, Shannon Kane and Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond will host a town hall meeting Wednesday, April 13, to discuss the proposed city budget for 2016-17. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Salem Middle School, 2380 Lynnhaven Parkway.

City Budget Director Catheryn Whitesell will present details from the proposed budget, then she and the City Council members will take questions and comments.

City Manager Dave Hansen presented the proposed budget March 22. The City Council will vote May 10. Two public hearings are scheduled, both at 6 p.m.:

  • April 21 – Cox High School, 2425 Shorehaven Drive
  • April 26 – City Council chamber, 2401 Courthouse Drive

To comment online, visit Virtual Town Hall at
To view the proposed city budget, visit The page includes several tools:

  • Open Budget – An online app that lets citizens review revenues and expenses down to individual line items.
  • Open Performance – A tool that gives citizens measurements of how well Virginia Beach moving toward its long-term goals.
  • Balancing Act – A tool that lets citizens tinker with the budget by changing individual taxes, fees and spending lines, and submit them to the City Council.
  • Taxpayer Receipt – A tool that lets citizens see their unofficial total city tax bill (based on age, income, home value and car value) and where the money goes.
  • Full text of the budget – In three documents: executive summary, operating budget and six-year capital plan. Read the budgets in flipbook format or download PDFs. There is also a one-page summary of highlights of the proposed budget.
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