Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

 Harry F. Atherton, Chairman, Marshall District Supervisor

April 19, 2004

Staff Lead:


G. Robert Lee, County Administrator

County Administration


An Ordinance Amending Chapter 8 of the Code of Fauquier County Adding Article XVII Entitled "Conservation Easement Service District" Providing for the Creation of a Special Service District to Purchase Conservation Easements for the Purpose of Protecting Agriculture, Providing of Open Space and Ameliorating the Impact of Development on the County


Topic Description:

The proposed Ordinance designates the whole County as a service district for the purpose of obtaining conservation easements.   The Ordinance permits the annual imposition of a tax on real property and/or personal property to fund the purchase of the conservation easements.  The Ordinance provides that no service district tax will be imposed for calendar year 2004, but that $1,338,000 will be allocated out of the general fund to special service district for this year.

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Hold a public hearing and consider adoption of the attached Ordinance.

Financial Impacts Analysis:

There is no financial impact in establishing the service district.  If the Board allocates funds out of the general fund, the financial impact will be equivalent to the amount allocated.  In future years, the financial impact will be dependent on the amount of tax levied under the service district tax.

Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Commissioner of Revenue


County Administration