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Jul 13

City Council Recap

Posted on July 13, 2016 at 9:08 AM by Communications Department

Real Estate Tax Relief for the Elderly
At their meeting last evening the Newport News City Council adopted changes to the real estate tax deferral program, allowing for elderly homeowners who meet certain criteria to qualify for exemption of their real estate taxes. Criteria include: age 65 or older; own a home situated on a parcel on acre or less in size; annual household income less than $25,000; qualified assets less than $10,000; and at least 40% of household income spent on housing costs. The Real Estate Tax Deferral for the Elderly and Disabled program is still available for those who do not qualify for exemption. The City also offers Real Estate Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans. Contact the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office at or (757) 926-8752 with questions regarding real estate tax exemption or deferral.

Newport News Police Canine Facility
City Council agreed to lease a parcel of land at 561 McLawhorne Drive to the Newport News Police Foundation for $1 per year for the Foundation to construct a canine training facility. Through donations of work and material, the goal is to have the facility completed in one year. Once constructed, the facility and land will become property of the City of Newport News. The Newport News Police Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides support of efforts to enhance police and community relations, crime prevention, and public safety through grant funding for specialized equipment, training, and cooperative community engagement programs for the Police Department.

Newport News Transportation Center
The Council appropriated $19.4 million in federal and state grant funds for the final design and initial construction phase of the Newport News Transportation Center project. This state-of-the-art multimodal transportation facility will be built at 500 Bland Boulevard adjacent to the railroad tracks beside I-64. This location offers a more centralized location for travelers with easy access to the airport. The transportation center will have a modern design highlighted by a glass façade, the platform, building and parking facilities and will be built to handle up to four train sets into and out of the city per day. Features will include an Amtrak station, parking, walking trails, facilities for buses and taxis and an Amtrak maintenance facility. Additional construction phase funding will be appropriated when available.

Other Actions
City Council approved all other items on last night’s agenda, and the entire Council meeting can be viewed on-demand.