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Henrico County Board of Supervisors Brookland District

Duties - The five-member Henrico Board of Supervisors is the policy-making body of the county. It passes ordinances and approves the annual budget. Members are elected from the five magisterial districts and they choose a chair and vice chair each year. The Board of Supervisors appoints a County Administrator, who directs the county's day-to-day operations.Term - 4 years - This is a special election to fill an incomplete term.Salary - $55,819 (Vice Chair $61,401; Chair $64,191)

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  • J. Steven Burkarth
    (Dem)

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    Dan J. Schmitt
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What are your priorities for managing residential and commercial growth in the county?

What, if anything, should be done to improve infrastructure for pedestrian safety along bus routes in Henrico?

In a recent public opinion poll, 82% of Virginia voters believe that people should be able to afford to live in the community where they work. What programs or policies would you support to promote workforce housing in your district?

What do you think are the most important issues for the county and what will you do to address them?

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Campaign Phone (804) 840-5567
Age 45
Twitter page https://twitter.com/SchmittyVA
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/VoteDanSchmitt/
Libbie Mill is a terrific example creating beautiful living communities w/ residential, commercial & recreation all seamlessly intertwined. To promote solid commercial growth, I approved an increase in the BPOL (Business & Professional Lic.) exemption to $400k whereby 14k businesses now benefit, thus making Henrico a terrific place to build a business. Business growth creates jobs and benefits our residents by keeping our tax rate low & our services high - a formula I work every day to maintain.
Safety for our residents is always a top priority. I approved the continuation of $2.5 million in sidewalks, multi-use paths & pedestrian crossings & together with my colleagues on the Board, worked to ensure funding for 20 miles of sidewalks and/or multi-use paths over the next 3 years. I am a dependable ear & even stronger voice for safety initiatives and will always be a tireless advocate for residents who choose to bike, run, or walk as they enjoy the outdoors in our beautiful county.
I worked directly to hold firm on Henrico’s low real estate tax rate, the first step in maintaining land value to our residents. I approved a budget that increased services for residents, while maintaining one of the lowest real estate tax rates in the region. To assist with affordability, I supported the REAP program (Real Estate Tax Advantage Program) & approved $300k in additional funding to support an increase in the maximum income to qualify to $75k & the maximum net worth up to $400k.
We must provide a quality & well funded education for our children. I approved plans for 2 new high schools, a new elementary school & the largest increase in education funding in 13 years. I approved a 3% pay raise for teachers & allocated $3.8m to address salary compression for veteran teachers. I funded additional positions to reduce class sizes & allow for more teacher planning time & funded plans that will reduce Brookland’s use of mobile trailers by 68% and I’m not stopping there!