West Point Town Council approved a request to help relieve a resident who had an issue with her property title.
Shirley Pierce, of Pierce Farms LLC, asked for the town’s assistance in correcting her property records and title for property on Magnolia Avenue.
Between former property owners’ record keeping and transfers, done before Pierce’s parents bought the property and Pierce inherited it, the title and property lines were impaired by not including the existing unused streets and alleys.
The unused streets and alleys overlap Pierce’s property lines and the issue was discovered when she looked into selling her home, according to her attorney Richard “Dick” Foard, of Foard & Dias PC in Gloucester, who spoke at the Nov. 27 meeting.
“The mistake on the title and property happened years and years ago,” Foard said. “Mrs. Pierce inherited the land from her parents and is now having issues selling the property because of the impaired title.”
Mayor Jim Hudson said that someone messed up in the past and unfortunately now Pierce is paying for it.
The request asked the town to vacate their right of way to two parcels; the third parcel is a portion of an unnamed street, a portion of a 10 foot east-west alley that lies between Magnolia Avenue and York Street. Parcel 1 is a portion of York Street.
No one spoke at the public hearing on the request, and per the planning commission’s recommendation, council unanimously approved vacating the right of way of parcel three and denied vacating the right of way of parcel one as it could affect neighboring properties.
Pierce will now be able to ask the King William Circuit Court to officially transfer the right of way to parcel three to her property title, according to Foard.
Money from unused funds from the town’s and school’s budget were added to the town’s current budget.
“The schools had an unused amount of $37,768 from their 2017-18 budget,” Edwards said. “They also received unanticipated grants and other funding of $225,996.”
The town also had unused capital project funding of $465,220 from its 2017-18 budget, according to Edwards.
“The town also wants to appropriate an additional $24,000 for operating expenditures,” Edwards said.
No one spoke at the public hearing for the budget amendment, and it was approved unanimously: $752,984 was added to the 2018-19 town budget and $263,764 was added to the school’s 2018-19 operating budget.
Council also acted to help a family who had been incorrectly taxed since 2000.
The Vranian family, whose primary resident is 100 years old, has been getting double taxed because the lots on their property have been counted twice. The issue was discussed at a Sept. 24 King William supervisors meeting.
The board approved a tax refund. County attorney Daniel Stuck said the family would get a tax refund from King William as well.
The amendment unanimously approved by council allows the town to assess the property taxes and then give the refund.
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