Landmark Hotel owner Dewberry has come under fire recently for not quickly and efficiently making repairs to the unfinished structure on Charlottesville’s downtown mall.
The hotel was begun as a destination in the city, but fell into disrepair after original owner Halsey Minor ran into financial trouble.
The skeletal structure of the hotel has since become a target for vandals and the homeless, attracting the attention of the Charlottesville city council who deferred from declaring the structure blighted and tearing it down.
Landmark Hotel owner John Dewberry says he will attend to repairs to the derelict hotel once he finishes up a project in South Carolina.
Just days after the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors voted to advertise the tax rate at 80-point-8 cents per $100 dollars of assessed value, some residents are speaking out about the rate.
It’s more than four cents higher than last year’s rate…and some people think that’s too high.
At a town hall meeting for her district on Saturday, supervisor Ann Mallek said it’s higher than she’s planning on supporting, but voted for the advertised rate to get the ball rolling.
When they come to a final decision on the rate, supervisors CAN go lower than the advertised rate. They just can’t go any higher.
Lowering the rate would put more strain on the school system, which is facing a nearly 7 million dollar deficit. The advertised rate makes up all but 2-point-5 million dollars of that shortfall.
Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the advertised rate on April 8th and then set a rate on April 15th.