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NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING <br /> <br />A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL WILL BE <br />HELD ON Tuesday, January 21, 2003 AT 7:00 p.m. IN THE Council Chambers. <br /> <br />THE PROPOSED AGENDA IS AS FOLLOWS: <br /> <br /> Budget Forum <br /> <br />BY ORDER OF THE MAYOR BY Jeanne Cox <br /> <br />CO UNCIL CHAMBER - January 21, 2003 <br /> <br /> Council met in special session on this date with the following members present: <br />Mr. Caravati, Mr. Cox, Mr. Lynch, Ms. Richards, Mr. Schilling. <br /> <br />BUDGET FORUM <br /> <br /> Mr. Hanz Gertzel, owner of property at 2206/2208 Fontaine Ave nue, supported <br />sidewalks and undergrounding utilities, but not widening of Fontaine because on - street <br />parking will be lost and ten feet will be taken from front yards. Mr. Gertzel also <br />expressed concern that businesses will become non - conforming uses. <br /> <br /> M s. Peggy Van Yahres, 1700 Chesapeake Street, speaking as a School Board <br />member, supported the proposed increase in the meals tax to fund school capital projects. <br />Ms. Van Yahres said she is aware of $20 million in capital needs for the schools over the <br />nex t five year, $10 million of which is needed to address critical building needs. <br /> <br /> Ms. Richards read from an e - mail received suggesting that money could be saved <br />by mailing parking permit renewals as the County does, and said she would be interested <br />in staf f following up on this suggestion. <br /> <br /> Mr. Caravati noted that most of the e - mails received about the proposal to <br />increase the automobile decal were opposed to the suggestion, and he asked where the <br />additional funds are proposed to go. <br /> <br /> Mr. O'Connell said t hat the City's decal is currently $20 and the County's is $25. <br />The City's decal could be increased to either $25 or $30, with additional revenue going <br />toward neighborhood policing. <br /> <br /> Mr. Chris Gensic, 1115 Elliott Avenue, said he generally supports fee in creases, <br />especially the trash fee increase, but feels that any additional revenue raised by increasing <br />the decal fee should be put toward transportation and removal of signs on sidewalks. Mr. <br />Gensic said he is not as supportive of the proposal to increase the meals tax. <br /> <br /> Ms. Virginia Amiss, Watson Avenue, said that the costs for many things, from <br />drugs to fees, have increased, while her social security has only increased $1 a month. <br />Ms. Amiss said that a category of new poor is being created with the exc essive rate of <br />reassessments. Ms. Amiss suggested placing a moratorium on taxes for senior citizens <br />and raising the amount for real estate relief, and striking unnecessary things from the <br />budget such as yellow bikes, trips to sister cities, and Art in Pla ce. Ms. Amiss said she <br />would like to be on an oversight committee if increases are approved to assure they go to <br />the right place. <br /> <br /> Mr. Caravati read an e - mail supporting increasing the trash sticker fees to cover <br />all costs. <br /> <br /> Mr. Cox said he would be sup portive of putting the revenue from increased decals <br />to alternative transportation. <br /> <br /> Mr. Lynch read an e - mail asking why the City is not reducing taxes since the <br />State is reducing its budget. He noted that the State is reducing taxes by reducing money <br />