City Provides Opportunities for Residents to Get Informed About Proposed Citywide Flood Protection Program on November Ballot

Public meetings and variety of online resources now available

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Virtual and in-person meetings, a dedicated webpage, mailings to households, videos, and publishing content across several social media platforms are just some of the ways the City is using to inform residents about the Flood Protection Program bond referendum that will be on the ballot in the upcoming General Election. Early voting begins Sept. 17 and Election Day is Nov. 2. 

The referendum asks voters to determine whether the City Council should increase the real estate tax rate to fund the accelerated design and construction of $567.5 million worth of flood protection projects included in Phase 1 of the program. Phase 1 consists of 21 projects that will be built over 10 years, although about half of them will be completed within the next 6 to 7 years, much sooner than the current schedule. The cost to fund the projects, depending on the financing, would add between 4.3 and 6.4 cents per $100 dollars of assessed value. For a $267,600 home, for example, that translates into a cost of between $9.59 and $14.57 dollars a month, or $115.07-$171.26 a year. 

"This program is designed to complete major projects faster than we could otherwise accomplish because recurrent and nuisance flooding in our city has been a problem for far too long," said Mayor Robert M. "Bobby" Dyer. "Without this funding, it will probably take 40 years to get this work accomplished." 

The first public community information meeting will be a lunch & learn virtual session on Sept. 10 at noon.
To register for the event, click here: https://vbgov.webex.com/vbgov/onstage/g.php?MTID=e84334a4276732c0d3b8b7880ad6369a1

An in-person meeting (pending impacts of COVID-19) is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 at Building 19 in the Municipal Center. City staff will be on hand to provide details on the Phase 1 projects and to answer questions. Additional community information meetings as well as details about the projects and timelines will be updated on www.VBgov.com/RippleEffect.

Information about the program and future meetings also will be shared on the City's social media sites:

Questions about the Flood Protection Program can be sent to RippleEffect@VBgov.com.

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