City Council to receive legislative update at work session

City Council will receive a update on the impact of new legislation passed during the 2018 General Assembly session at its next work session on Monday, June 11.

Interim City Manager Andrew Trivette and City Attorney Christina Shelton will provide a look at the local effects of laws that passed through General Assembly during its 2017-2018 regular session.

Notably, The bill with the most immediate impact on city residents is SB 942, otherwise known as the Historic Triangle sales tax bill. The legislation levies a 1 percent sales and use tax in the city, with 50 percent of the revenue going toward tourism marketing and the other half being distributed back to the localities where the revenue was collected.

The ordinance is expected to take effect on July 1.

At the briefing, Shelton and Trivette are expected to discuss the new Tourism Council to be created as part of the Williamsburg Area Chamber and Tourism Alliance, and name the nine voting members of the council which will include representatives from Williamsburg and James City and York counties.

Other notable bills include HB 690, which will except Williamsburg from requiring that the general registrar be a qualified voter within the city. This exception is based out of a new population requirement, which exempts all other counties and cities with fewer than 25,000 residents.

SB 211 will now require the city Planning Commission to conduct studies on groundwater and surface water availability, quality, and sustainability and include its findings in the next comprehensive plan. The comprehensive plan will also have to include “strategies for the provision of broadband infrastructure sufficient to meet the needs of current and future residents and businesses,” per HB 640.

Want to go?

Where: City Council Chambers of the Stryker Center, 401 N. Boundary St.

When: Monday, June 11 at 4 p.m.

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