While Gov. Terry McAuliffe has said the viability of Colonial Williamsburg is important to Virginia's tourism economy, finding a way to help it is likely to be a challenge for local officials.
As part of last week's announcement from Colonial Williamsburg Foundation president Mitchell Reiss on its restructuring and layoffs, he requested that the foundation be exempt from local real estate taxes, as well as a moratorium on any other taxes for the next three years. He said the money-saving measure would be critical to the foundation's success.
City and county officials, though, are unsure how they could help.
The city's response is likely to be complicated by other moves...