Democrat Jaymie “Brad” Sheffield is running for Board of Supervisors, The Daily Progress reports, challenging Republican incumbent Rodney Thomas for the Rio District. Sheffield is the assistant director at JAUNT. He holds a masters degree in planning from UVA. The election is in November.
Judge Paul Peatross has awarded Biscuit Run’s investors another $20M in state tax credits, K. Burnell Evans writes for The Daily Progress, bringing the price of the “donation” of the 1,200 acres to the state to a grand total of $40.5M.
The land was sold to the state for $9.8M, after the investors were left holding the bag on the worthless parcel when the real estate bubble collapsed, having paid $46.2M for the land at the height of the real estate craze. The project’s investors were banking on getting a lot of state tax credits (which can then be sold) in order to avoid personal financial ruin, since they presumably took out some big loans to cover that $46M, which they’d have to make payments on until they’d repaid the balance. But they didn’t get the money they needed—the state awarded them just $11.7M in conservation tax credits, because what land was worth in 2005 was rather more than what it was worth in . So they sued the state, demanding $19.48M, which is precisely what they just got. The investors’ appraiser claimed that the land was worth a stunning $87.7M—almost twice what they’d paid for it at the height of the bubble—and their attorney today says that the appraisal was vindicated by today’s court ruling, crowing that it “pretty much body slams” The Hook for their critical coverage of the appraisal.
I suppose it’s possible that the state appeals this ruling, but short of that, this now puts the taxpayer cost of this “donated” land at $33,750 an acre. For comparison, Rivanna Farm is on the market for $22,500/acre right now, and they’ll toss in a 10,000 square foot Georgian mansion at no extra charge.
There will be a total of five Democrats on the ballot for two nominations for City Council seats in the June primary, Graelyn Brashear reports for C-Ville Weekly. The candidates are incumbent Kristin Szakos; AHS teacher Wes Bellamy, who moved to Charlottesville three years ago; UVA student Adam Lees; middle school teacher, local man, and nephew of Charles Barbour, Melvin Grady; and three-time candidate, independent-turned-Democrat Bob Fenwick. The primary is on June 11.
The Scottsville Weekly has published the list of everybody in the Scottsville precinct who signed the public petition advocating for a judicial recall of Supervisor Chris Dumler. The Democrat pleaded guilty to sexual battery in January. Earl Smith, of Keene, circulated the petition, getting nearly 600 signatures. The intention is for the court to remove Dumler from office, under Virginia § 24.2-233, for “incompetence in the performance of duties has a material adverse effect upon the conduct of the office.” It’s a legal long-shot A notable inclusion on the list is Lindsay Dorrier, who held the Scottsville seat prior to Dumler.
Dennis Rooker will not run for reelection to the Board of Supervisors in the November election, Sean Tubbs reports for Charlottesville Tomorrow. He’s represented the Jack Jouett district for three consecutive terms. He simultaneously announced and endorsed the candidacy of school board member Diantha McKeel, a political independent who represents the same district. (Her disclosed state political contributions have all been to Democrats.) McKeel, who works for the UVA Medical Center, made her own announcement, in which she said that she would serve in the fashion that Rooker has.