City budget talk set Wednesday

Published 11:25 pm Monday, March 30, 2009

The city budget, a tax exemption for a local nonprofit organization and recognition of local athletes are on the agenda for Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

During the 4 p.m. work session, in City Council chambers at 441 Market St., Budget Officer Anne Seward will present City Manager Selena Cuffee-Glenn’s proposed operating and capital budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. Work sessions are anticipated to be scheduled for April 8 and April 15 for council to discuss the budget.

During the regular session, which begins at 7 p.m. at the same location, council will hold a public hearing to receive comments on an ordinance granting an exemption from taxation to the Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community, also known as the Western Tidewater Free Clinic, a local group of health professionals volunteering their time to provide medical care to uninsured or underinsured people in the region. The city would lose about $10,000 in real estate taxes annually if the exemption is granted.

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At the beginning of the regular meeting, City Council will recognize local athletes who have delivered outstanding performances on the state and national levels. The King’s Fork High School boys’ basketball team, as well as King’s Fork student Allen Kelley and Nansemond River High School student James Taylor will be commended by council.

The King’s Fork team is the 2009 AAA Virginia High School League state basketball champion. Kelley is the 2009 AAA indoor track and field state champion in the pole vault event. Taylor is the 2009 Virginia High School League AAA indoor track and field state champion in the long jump, 300-meter dash and 500-meter dash events, as well as the 2009 National Scholastic Indoor Champion in the 200-meter dash.

Also recognized during Wednesday’s meeting will be the late Dolly W. Richards, whose family will accept a resolution on her behalf. Richards served on the Suffolk Sister Cities Commission from 1993 to 2004, and on the Suffolk Clean Community Commission from 2005 to 2008.