In this year’s draft priorities package, Council has identified public education, flooding mitigation, and enhanced mobility as the city’s three highest strategic priorities. Considering the substantial state cuts already absorbed by the city over the past several years, the Council is asking the Governor and 2015 General Assembly to: (1) hold the city harmless from any additional state funding cuts or cost shifting away for shared services; (2) provide enhanced public education and accreditation improvement support; and (3) direct the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee to conduct a study on how the Commonwealth distributes transportation funding.
This year Council has assigned priority to several legislative initiatives that are expected to be considered during the 2015 General Assembly Session, for example: (1) Creation of a Governor’s School for Innovation & Entrepreneurship; (2) Norfolk Public Schools Technical High School; (3) Behavior and Mental Health; (4) Water Quality Funding; (5) and a requirement limiting the amount of deferred roadway maintenance that can be included on a Public-Private Transportation Project.
The comment period will be open until 5pm, November 17. That will not be the end – the Council will receive the comments and then the public will have another opportunity to address the Council before the package is finalized.
One thing not included – yet: the election of the school board, which will be decided by the voters next week. That will require a charter change, so it will have to be a part of the legislative package.