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BY PORTSIA SMITH
The Caroline County Board of Supervisors has elected new leaders for 2013.
Mattaponi District Supervisor Floyd Thomas was unanimously elected as chairman of the board Tuesday night during its organizational meeting.
Thomas, who has served on the board since 1992, has been chairman six times. He has also served as vice chairman several times.
Port Royal Supervisor Calvin Taylor was unanimously elected vice chairman.
For the third year, the board voted to have only one meeting during the odd-numbered months and two meetings during the even-numbered months. This change was made in 2010 to reduce costs.
During the regular meeting, Commissioner of Revenue Sharon Carter reminded the board that personal property tax forms are due Feb. 1. Vehicle owners with proof of high mileage, more than 100,000 miles verified by the latest state inspection receipt, may be eligible for a reduction in their personal property tax bill, she said.
There is also a March 1 deadline for the elderly and handicapped real estate tax relief program. This allows Caroline homeowners over 65 or who are totally disabled to take advantage of a reduction on their real estate taxes based on income and net worth. Their annual income can't be more than $35,000 they can't have more than $85,000 in assets, excluding the value of their home and up to 10 acres, Carter said.
Supervisors also agreed to meet with their district representatives on the School Board to select a resident to serve on a Caroline High School design review committee. The six-member committee will work with school staff and an architect to review plans for the proposed renovation of the county's only high school.
The School Board has submitted a request for $20 million in capital improvement funds to renovate the school, but that amount has not been approved yet by the Board of Supervisors.
Supervisors also agreed to meet with officials from the Town of Port Royal on Feb. 26 to discuss the town's request for a boundary adjustment.
"The concern right now is that the Town of Port Royal is unable to meet some of the financial needs that they have because of the market, the Union Bank closing down and other businesses closing," Taylor said. "And as a result of that, they have not been able to generate revenue that is needed to support the services they need to provide."
According to town officials, a boundary adjustment is needed to secure more revenue by bringing more businesses within the town limits. Port Royal Town Council members said the additional revenue will offset losses and allow the town to continue to operate as an incorporated body. Without it, the town may be forced to relinquish its charter.
Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419