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The Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to fund nearly $61,000 in operating costs, repairs and equipment for Booster Park as …

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The Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve an amendment to a special use permit (SUP) allowing a local garage to double the number of cars permitted on the property. 

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Seeking additional clarification on conservation easement restrictions or modifications from the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and possible tax implications, the Orange County Board of Supervisors has postponed approval of a special use permit for a local farm-turned-event venue. 

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The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved its budget Tuesday night, effectively raising homeowners’ real estate taxes by 8.4 cents.

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Local homeowners who could see an increase in their real estate tax bills due to a proposed 8.4-cent real estate increase will have an opportunity to share their thoughts with county supervisors at a public hearing next week.

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Over the past two weeks, we’ve reported about how school funding is determined--at the state and local levels. 

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Orange County once ranked 130th out of 136 school divisions in Virginia in how much it allocates to education over the required amount. Now the county’s local contribution ranks it 97th. 

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Luxury resort vs. economy hotel? A small conference center versus a large convention center? These are the types of questions Route 3 steering committee members hope to get out of February’s charette.

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Luxury resort vs. economy hotel? A small conference center vs. a large convention center? These are the types of questions Route 3 steering committee members hope to get out of February’s charette.

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Despite continued outcries from the public, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved the draft comprehensive plan Tuesday night, 3-1.

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Orange County’s state legislators heard a consistent chorus of concerns from community leaders at the 39th annual Orange County Chamber of Commerce Joint Legislative Conference Dinner at Dogwood Village of Orange County. 

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Last week, the Orange County Board of Supervisors made some final changes to the highly contested draft comprehensive plan, which they expect to vote on next week.

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Last week, Orange County Supervisors got a glimpse of the $4.3 million in capital improvement plan requests by department heads and constitutional officers for the upcoming fiscal year.

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It may sound like a compact economy car from the 1980s, but a charette is the next step in the continuing Rt. 3 visioning process.

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Last week, the Orange County Board of Supervisors and school board met to discuss the schools’ capital improvements plan, focusing mainly on the idea of reopening the currently mothballed school located on Rt. 20 in Locust Grove.

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Kenny Dotson didn’t have much support in the audience, but he had plenty of support on the board. 

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Orange County took its PowerPoint presentation of future economic vitality to the people last week in a dual public meeting Thursday evening at Lake of the Woods. Based on a similar presentation made to a joint meeting of the board of supervisors, planning commissioners and economic development authority members two months ago, the message sent to Route 3 residents and business owners was delivered not as “the” plan, but the plan for the plan of managing the corridor’s expected growth. 

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When planning a party at someone else’s house, it’s a good idea to let that person know, to let them choose the food or music, maybe invite some of their friends.

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Less than a month from the grand opening of the Route 3 Walmart, the supercenter will have an early idea of what its next-door neighbor will look like. During its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to approve the Signature Station rezoning, which proposes to bring two Walmarts worth of commercial space and 230 townhomes to the Route 3 corridor. 

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The first step in solving a problem is admitting there is one. Public hearings in Orange County tend to operate as larger discussions on the sustainability of rural living-can open spaces coexist with the encroachments of a modern world. A joint meeting held at the Orange County Airport last Thursday night between the board of supervisors, planning commission and economic development authority operated on the premise that the county's economy is dying and that without a focused, long-range plan for the specified growth areas on Routes 3 and 15, it could fall further and further behind. 

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The theme of this year's Orange County budget has been "living within means." Unable to rely on its tapped-out fund balance to maintain the status quo, the Orange County Board of Supervisors advertised an $87.3 million budget for fiscal year 2014, more than a $2 million decrease from last year's capital improvement (CIP) heavy budget.

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It's taken only two worksessions from the time county administrator Julie Summs' recommended budget before the Orange County Board of Supervisors agreed to advertise its fiscal year 2014 budget. 

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Orange County's capital improvements fund fluctuates dramatically from year to year, with a history of annual swings of more than $1 million. This year's county administrator's proposed budget begins the CIP discussion with a 60 percent cut to the fund compared to last year and with projects mostly of the maintenance or replacement type. During its first budget worksession since receiving county administrator Julie Summ's proposed budget, the board of supervisors deliberated the peaks and valleys flow of CIP funding and whether or not a tax increase was in order to stem the tide.

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