Friday, February 26, 2010

Sustaining a Dialogue

Welcome to the City-County Community Voices blog. Recently, our community has been divided over efforts in the General Assembly to change the Composite Index for School funding that would result in a transfer of $2.8 million from City schools to County schools. This has raised issues about the 1982 Revenue Sharing Agreement. As a long-time resident of this community and as the Delegate representing both of these jurisdictions, I have been concerned that this dispute will sour relations between the City and County at a time when fiscal stress suggests we should be pulling together.

To help address these concerns, I have convened a meeting of Charlottesville and Albemarle elected leaders on April 24. I have always believed that more can be accomplished by working together than pulling apart. This is even more important in these difficult economic times, and I am dedicated to helping find cost-saving ways of cooperating to build a better community for all.

This blog is a way for you to be involved in the discussion. It is important that we communicate and share ideas--every voice makes a difference.

Thank you for taking the first step to engage in this process by visiting this site. I now encourage you to join the dialogue by posting a comment below. Let us know your thoughts about the issues facing Charlottesville and Albemarle and your ideas for how to address them. This will help structure the meeting on April 24 and future discussions that will likely occur.

I appreciate your interest and participation in this endeavor.


David J. Toscano
57th District
Virginia House of Delegates