A Virginia Beach council member, Barbara Henley, helped to create a farmland preservation program some 15 years ago. Tonight, the council will decide if Henley, 69, along with her husband, can put 99 acres into the program. If approved, they will receive about $32,000 a year for each of the next 25 and a lump sum payment of about $1.1 million in 25 years.
Supporters of the Henleys’ participation in the program point out that this helps preserve the land, the goal of the program. Detractors say that the Henleys should wait until she is no longer a member of council. Henley will not vote on the issue.
(One question I’ve not seen answered anywhere, by the way, is whether anyone else has been denied participation and, if so, the basis of that denial.)
So, dear reader, what do you think? Should Henley be allowed to participate in the program?