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After a public hearing last Tuesday that included more than a dozen citizens speaking out against proposed changes to definitions for camping, campground and recreational vehicles in the county zoning ordinance, the Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted down the proposed changes. 

The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last Tuesday to adopt and appropriate a consolidated $106 million fiscal year 2020 budget free of any tax or rate increases. 

The Orange County Board of Supervisors will consider an $11.5 million draft Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 budget later this year. 

The tourism industry generated $25 billion in domestic visitor spending for Virginia in 2017, and $48.8 million came from Orange County.

Work is progressing on the countywide fiber optics project although the county is still waiting for an extension on the project from the Federal Communications Commission. Part of that progress is the launch of an Orange County Broadband Authority website, where citizens can learn more about the project aimed at providing reliable and affordable broadband across the county. 

The Orange County Board of Supervisors continues to "clean up" proposed ordinance amendments it hopes will encourage citizens to properly dispose of garbage rather than collecting or dumping it on private property.

Expressing concerns about infrastructure, impact and the veracity that the applicant’s rezoning proposal was better than what could be done on the property by-right, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to defer action on a 113-unit subdivision in the western corner of the county.

District 2 voters have re-elected Jim White to a second term as their supervisor. White collected 940 votes (61 percent) to beat former supervisor Teri Pace who had 590. 

More than 100 people gathered last week to hear from 17 local candidates at an Orange County Chamber of Commerce candidate forum held at Unionville Elementary School Tuesday evening. 

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