Amherst county commissioner of revenue

Amherst county commissioner of revenue DEFAULT

All real estate is subject to taxation, except that specifically exempted by the Virginia Constitution. Property is assessed as of January 1. Tax bills are due June 5 and December 5. The Code of Virginia Section 58.1-3252 authorizes a county with a population of 50,000 or less to elect by majority vote of its board of supervisors to conduct a general reassessment of real estate at either five or six year intervals. Between reassessments the Commissioner is responsible for assessing any new construction or additions. If you would like more information concerning reassessments, please see the following document " General Reassessment of Real Estate."  If there is a change of billing address or any other change pertaining to your taxes, please notify the Commissioner of the Revenue at (434) 946-9310.

 

Real Estate Tax Relief for the Elderly & Handicapped

 

If you are 65 years years old or older on January 1 of the tax year or 100% disabled; earn less than $50,000 in income from all sources and have less than $150,000 in net worth, you may be entitled to an exemption on your Real Estate Tax or Mobile Home Tax.  Applications for relief from Real Estate Tax or Mobile Home Tax must be filed January 15 through March 31 annually.  Applications are available and must be filed with the Commissioner of the Revenue.  For an application or if you have any questions, please call (434) 946-9310.

 Land Use Program for Tax Relief

A land use assessment ordinance is in effect to encourage the continuance of agricultural, horticultural, forest and open space land uses in the county. This is a special program under which applicants with eligible land will have their land valued for tax purposes according to its use value rather than its fair market value. The minimum parcel size for agriculture or horticulture use is 5 acres and land must be devoted to actual production. The minimum parcel size for forest use is 20 acres. The owner has to complete and sign an agreement to maintain and protect forest land by following a planned program of timber management and soil conservation practices. The open space land includes only land which has been dedicated for public use such as parks, golf courses and game preserves. Idle, vacant land does not qualify under any category. Sign up is from Sept. 1st through Nov. 1st in the Commissioner's Office. Applicants must pay a minimum filing fee of $10 for 100 acres or less and .10 cents per acre over 100 acres that qualify. Taxesmustnotbedelinquenttoqualify. When land qualified for assessment and taxation according to use has been converted to a non-qualifying use or rezoned to a more intensive use at the request of the owner or his agent, that land is subject to the roll-back tax. In the event of a change in use, acreage or zoning the property owner MUST report change to the Commissioner's Office within 60 days of said change.

 

Tax Maps

 

Tax maps are available for viewing in the Real Estate & Mapping Division of the Commissioner's Office.

 

GIS-Property Look-up

 

 

Map Parcel Look-up

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Personal Property 2021 and 2nd Installment Real Estate 2021 tax bills will be mailed on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.  Both personal property and real estate taxes are due on or before December 6, 2021.

The Treasurer is the Chief Financial Officer for the locality, collecting taxes and local fees, and making payments on behalf of the local government.  The Treasurer is responsible for every form of revenue, be it local, state or federal, that comes to the locality.
 
The primary functions of a county treasurer can be grouped into three major categories:

  • receipt and collection of revenue
  • safekeeping of the revenue
  • appropriate accounting for and disbursement of revenue

The Treasurer is one of five locally elected Constitutional Officers.  The elected post of Treasurer was created in the Virginia Constitution of 1870.  The Treasurer's independent status as an elected official ensures that local funds will be collected, invested, and spent by an officer who reports directly to the people.

Pursuant to VA Code 2.2-3704.2 The Freedom Of Information (FOIA) Officer For the Amherst County Treasurer’s Office is Joanne Adams Carden. [email protected]  or at 434-946-9318

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TAX RATES

 

Personal Property and Real Estate

Tax rates are set each year by the Board of Supervisors during the month of April.

Personal Property Tax Due Dec 5th

All cities and counties in Virginia have a personal property tax. Amherst County taxes vehicles (cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, motor homes), camping trailers, boat trailers, utility trailers, recreational vehicles, mobile homes, boats and business furniture, equipment, inventory, machinery and tools. Assessments are based on 100% of the NADA Car Guide clean trade value as of January 1st each year. If the vehicle is not listed in the NADA Car Guide the assessment is 90% of cost. Code of VA Section 58.1-3518 require every tax payer owning any personal property subject to taxation (vehicles, boats, trailers, motorcycles, camping trailers) shall file a return by May 1 with the Commissioner of the Revenue.

Military VA Residents

All vehicles owned by a military individual who claims Virginia as their legal state of residence are subject to Personal Property tax.

Vehicles Sold, Junked or Moved Out of Amherst County:

**IMPORTANT** - Notify the Commissioner of the Revenue and the Department of Motor Vehicles immediately when items are sold, junked or moved out of Amherst County (providing the effective date); when your mailing address changes; or when you move.

 

License Fee - This fee is added to your Personal Property tax bill which is due December 5 of each year.

 

Motor vehicle $25.00

Trailers $8.00

Motorcycles $11.00

 

PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT

What is the Personal Property Tax Relief?

The Personal Property Tax Relief Act of 1998 provides tax relief for passenger cars, motorcycles and pickup or panel trucks having registered gross weight of less than 7,501 pounds. To qualify, a vehicle must: 1) be owned by an individual or leased by an individual under a contract requiring the individual to pay the personal property taxes; AND 2) be used less than 50% for business purposes. Motor homes, trailers and farm use vehicles do not qualify for tax relief.

Does your vehicle qualify for Car Tax Relief?

If you can answer YES to any of the following questions, your motor vehicle is considered by State Law to have a business use and does NOT qualify for Car Tax Relief. 1) Is more than 50% of the mileage for the year used as a business expense for Federal Income Tax purposes OR reimbursed by an employer?; 2) Is more than 50% of the depreciation associated with the vehicle deducted as a business expense for Federal Income Tax purposes?; 3) Is the cost of the vehicle expensed pursuant to Section 179 of the Internal Revenue Service Code?; 4) Is the vehicle leased by an individual and the leasing company pays the tax without reimbursement from the individual? **Please note** Starting January 1, 2012 high mileage will be taken into consideration if a 762 Personal Property form is filed before May 1. Provide a copy of the vehicle's last inspection receipt for proof of mileage.

Recreational Vehicles

 

All recreational personal property (camping trailers, pop-up campers, motor homes, boats and boat trailers) must be filed annually with the Commissioner of the Revenue on or before May 1st. **Please note** Tax is based on the actual "situs" (physical location) of the property and not necessarily the actual residence of the owner. All property that is stored in Amherst County or normally located in Amherst County may be subject to personal property tax. Recreational vehicles must be registered with the Commissioner of the Revenue within 30 days of purchase or move to Amherst County. For questions or assistance, contact the Commissioner of the Revenue at (434) 946-9310.

 

Business Personal Property Tax To Be Filed By May 1st and Tax Due Dec 5th

Business Personal Property Tax is assessed to each business on the property used in the trade or business (such as furniture, fixtures, equipment, inventory, machinery and tools) owned on January 1st. Business Personal Property Tax Returns must be filed with the Commissioner of the Revenue on or before May 1st. Businesses must provide a list of property indicating description, date of purchase and original cost for each item. If you do not receive a form, please contact the Commissioner of the Revenue.

 

Payments

Tax bills should be paid by check or money order payable to: Amherst County Treasurer. Timely payments can be made at the Treasurer's Office. In order to avoid long lines, residents are encouraged to mail their payments to: Amherst County Treasurer, P.O. Box 449, Amherst, VA 24521. **Please Note** Failure to receive a tax bill will not relieve the penalty and interest charge that will be applied to all past due bills, as required by the Code of Virginia. A penalty of 10% is added to assessed tax after due date. An annual 10% interest is also added thereafter.

We currently mail out business personal property returns to all businesses currently on our tax roles as of January 1 of each year.

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History - Amherst County was formed in 1761, from parts of Albemarle County. The county was named for Sir Jeffrey Amherst, known as the "Conqueror of Canada". Jeffrey Amherst was named Governor of Virginia, although he never came to the colony. Native Americans were the first humans to populate the area. They hunted and fished mainly along the countless rivers and streams in Amherst County. With the establishment of the Virginia Colony in 1607, English emigrants arrived in North America. By the late 1600's English explorers and traders traveled up the James River to our area. Early trading posts formed between 1710 and 1720. By 1730, many new families moved into the land currently known as Amherst County drawn by the desire for land and the good tobacco-growing soil.

 

In 1761, Amherst County was formed from the southern half of Albemarle County. The original county seat had been in Cabelsville, now Colleen in what would later become Nelson County. The county was named for Sir Jeffrey Amherst who commanded the British forces that successfully secured Canada from the French. In 1807 the Amherst County assumed its present proportions when Nelson County was formed from its northern half. At that point, the county seat was moved to the village of Five Oaks, later renamed Amherst. The present county courthouse was built in 1870 and has served the county ever since.

 

In the early days, the major crop raised in Amherst County was tobacco. Apple orchards were part of mixed farming that replaced tobacco, especially in the late 19th century. Timber, mining and milling were also important industries. The introduction of the railroad in the late 19th century greatly influenced the county's growth. Amherst county contains many good examples of 18th, 19th and early 20th century rural and small town architecture. The downtown area of Amherst is a classic example of early 20th century commercial architecture.             

COVID-19 UPDATE- Due to public safety measures enacted by Amherst County, our office is open by appointment only. If you would like to make an appointment please contact our office at 434-946-9316. Masks will be required in order to enter the office when you arrive.

W. Lyle Carver is the Commonwealth's Attorney for Amherst County and works closely with his Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Amber Drumheller, and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys Adam Stanley, Spencer Drake, and Clint Carwile. The Commonwealth's Attorney has responsibility for the prosecution of all state and local criminal cases in Amherst County. The office's administrative responsibilities are carried out by the Office Administrator, Jenny Hunter.

The Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney is one created by the Constitution of Virginia and is voted for by the citizens of the County. Besides prosecuting misdemeanors and felony cases in all courts, Mr. Carver and his staff provide consultation service to citizens of the County on matters of criminal law.  The Commonwealth's Attorney is also the legal adviser on criminal matters to law enforcement agencies operating within the County.

Mission

The mission of Amherst County’s government is to nurture a vibrant and healthy community through transparent and fiscally responsible leadership and quality public services.

Vision

Amherst County will be the community of choice for people to live, work, play and learn.  It will be known for its safety, neighborly atmosphere, connectedness; its business, education, recreational opportunities, and passion for its natural beauty.

Values

  • The beauty of our natural environment
  • Safe and secure community, respectful of the Constitution
  • Neighborly atmosphere
  • Business, educational & recreational opportunities
  • Connectedness
  • Transparent, responsive, and participatory government
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Efficient & effective public services

Goals

  • Broadband expansion
  • Residential growth in designated areas
  • Promote business growth & redevelopment
  • Promote tourism
  • Promote & protect County assets
  • Achieve education excellence
  • Recruit and retain high-quality staff
  • Increase citizen engagement

Meeting Schedule

All meetings of the County Board of Supervisors are held in the County Administrators Building at Second and Washington streets unless otherwise noted.  Meetings are regularly held on the first and third Tuesday of each month. At the first meeting of the month, the Board of Supervisors convenes at 3:00 PM. At the second meeting of the month, the Board of Supervisors convenes at 7:00 pm. 

Board Members

Tom MartinSupervisor - District 2

Tom Martin

Supervisor - District 1, 

Phone: 434-946-1235
Email: [email protected]

 Term ends December 31, 2023

Claudia D. Tucker

Supervisor - District 2

Phone: 434-841-3716
Email: [email protected] 

Term ends December 31, 2021

Jimmy AyersDavid Pugh Jr

L. J. "Jimmy" Ayers

Supervisor - District 3, 

Phone: 434-907-2340
Email: [email protected] 

Term ends December 31, 2023

David Pugh, Jr. 

Supervisor - District 4, Vice-Chair

Phone: 434-509-2038
Email: [email protected] 

Term ends December 31, 2023

Supervisor - District 5

Jennifer R Moore

Supervisor - District 5, Chair 

Phone: 434-420-0794
Email: [email protected]

Term ends December 31, 2021

Responsibilities

The Amherst County Department of Human Resources is responsible for the HR functions for all County employees. These functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Administering and coordinating employee benefits
  • Coordinating the employee recruitment and hiring process
  • Developing and implementing employee training
  • Handling employee relations issues, including employee complaints, EEOC issues, etc.

EOE Notice
The County of Amherst is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Human Resources Documents

Human Resources Regulation (with clickable table of contents)– Effective July 1, 2021

County Application

Responsibilities

The County Administrator's Office for Amherst has the responsibility of executing policies established by the Board of Supervisors or mandated by the state in addition to the following: 

  • Serves as a link between the Board of Supervisors and the public and other boards and commissions on a daily basis and relays to them the policies and actions of the Board of Supervisors. 
  • Advance the Board's strategic priorities, working in collaboration with internal and external customers.
  • Present and monitor the annual report card of success indicators for the Strategic Plan.
  • Executing the budget as finally adopted by the Board of Supervisors.
  • Keeping the Board of Supervisors fully advised on the County's financial condition and its future financial needs.
  • Receiving reports from and giving directions to all heads of offices, departments and boards of the locality under his control and supervision.
  • Seeing that all ordinances, resolutions, directives and orders of the governing body and all laws of the Commonwealth required to be enforced through the governing body are faithfully executed.

Dean Rodgers

Dean Rodgers, County Administrator

 Email : [email protected]

Phone: 434-946-9400

You can meet the staff of the County Administrator's Office by clicking here.

 

 

County Attorney - Mark Popovich

The County Attorney's Office provides counsel to the Board of Supervisors, County Administrator, Economic Development Authority, Amherst County Service Authority, staff, boards, and commissions; represents the County in court and in administrative proceedings; drafts and reviews ordinances and resolutions; reviews contracts, bond documents, and deeds; prepares legislative proposals for submission to the General Assembly; and reviews and tracks state legislation which may affect the County's legal rights and obligations.

***Important public notice from the Commissioner of the Revenue***
The 2022 Personal Property Tax Relief discount amount will be 30.13% on qualifying vehicles. Qualifying vehicles are vehicles that are for Personal Use only. If you have any questions, please contact Jane Irby at 434-946-9310.

Welcome to the Commissioner of the Revenue's department. Listed below are the services this office offers the citizens of Amherst County.
 
The Commissioner of the Revenue is a locally elected Constitutional Officer responsible for administering all local taxes. The Commissioner is also the Chief FOIA officer for the office.  It is the duty and an honor for the Commissioner of the Revenue to serve the citizens of Amherst County. The Commissioner of the Revenue's office provides services regarding: 

    1. Personal Property Tax
    2. Business Personal Property Tax
    3. Machinery & Tools Tax
    4. Business License Tax
    5. Meals Tax
    6. Lodging Tax
    7. Real Estate Tax Relief for the Elderly or Disabled
    8. Land Use Program

 The Commissioner of the Revenue is responsible for assessing property, and the Treasurer is responsible for collecting all taxes. Any questions concerning the assessment need to be addressed by our office, while billing and payment questions need to be addressed by the Treasurer's office at 434-946-9318.

Information on various property and taxes are available below:

Other offices that provide valuable information are:

The circuit court is the trial court with the broadest powers in Virginia. The circuit court handles all civil cases with claims of more than $15,000. It shares authority with the general district court to hear matters involving between $4,500 and $15,000. The circuit court has the authority to hear serious criminal cases called felonies.
 
The circuit court also handles family matters, including divorce. In addition, the circuit court hears cases appealed from the general district court and from the juvenile and domestic relations district court.
 
There is a circuit court in each city and county in Virginia. Circuit court judges are elected by the General Assembly for 8-year terms. 
Terms of Court and General Information
 Terms begin - 2nd Tuesday of February, April, June, October, & December
 
Grand Juries - 1st day of Term
 
Cases set on Term Day - Cases also set between docket calls by agreement of court & counsel
 
Court convenes at 9:30a.m.
Chancellors in Chancery are utilized 

Personal Property 2021 and 2nd Installment Real Estate 2021 tax bills will be mailed on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.  Both personal property and real estate taxes are due on or before December 6, 2021.

The Treasurer is the Chief Financial Officer for the locality, collecting taxes and local fees, and making payments on behalf of the local government.  The Treasurer is responsible for every form of revenue, be it local, state or federal, that comes to the locality.
 
The primary functions of a county treasurer can be grouped into three major categories:

  • receipt and collection of revenue
  • safekeeping of the revenue
  • appropriate accounting for and disbursement of revenue

The Treasurer is one of five locally elected Constitutional Officers.  The elected post of Treasurer was created in the Virginia Constitution of 1870.  The Treasurer's independent status as an elected official ensures that local funds will be collected, invested, and spent by an officer who reports directly to the people.

Pursuant to VA Code 2.2-3704.2 The Freedom Of Information (FOIA) Officer For the Amherst County Treasurer’s Office is Joanne Adams Carden. [email protected]  or at 434-946-9318

Responsibilities 

The Office of Finance has many responsibilities, and serves as a hodge podge in the information department. 

  • Issues all payroll checks to persons employed by the County, Amherst County Service Authority, and the Amherst County Public School System.
  • Perform internal audit of invoices submitted by various departments for payment.
  • Management support to the County Administrator and the Board of Supervisors. 
  • Oversee the County's approved and adopted budget. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question regarding W-2's or 1099's - call Finance; it's our responsibility to issue W-2's, and 1099's, for the County, Amherst County Service Authority, and Amherst County Public Schools.

 

Find your voting precinct HERE!

~~~~~~JUST A REMINDER~~~~~~

In-person, early voting is available at the Amherst Courthouse located at: 113 Taylor Street, Amherst:  Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:30 and will be open on the last 2 Saturdays, October 23rd, and 30th, from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

A drop box is available at the same time and location.  In addition, drop boxes will also be available at the regular polling places on Election Day, November 2, from 6:00am until 7:00pm

PLEASE NOTE:  THE OFFICE OF ELECTIONS AND EARLY VOTING PRECINCT WILL CLOSE ON MONDAY OCTOBER 11, - COLUMBUS DAY.

Public Notice: November 2, 2021 General and Special Elections in Amherst County, Virginia

Sample Ballots for November 2nd Elections

Voter Registration Application

Virginia Vote by Mail application Form

*****     County of Amherst's Elections*****

Voter registration is available to any Virginia resident who will be eighteen years of age or older by the next General election. Registration can be accomplished at the office of the General Registrar, in person, or by any of the following methods: calling for an application which can be sent and returned by mail; at DMV when obtaining or renewing a driver's license; at any state or federal agency; or online online by visiting The Virginia Department of Elections.

If moving within the County or to another county or city within the Commonwealth, the same procedure may be followed. The final day of registration is 22 days prior to any election.

Properly registered voters may vote by absentee ballot if they will be out of the County on election day or if they are unable to go to the polls due to physical illness or disability. An absentee precinct, where absentee ballots are counted, is located in the County offices in Amherst.

The General Registrar's office is a permanent location for voter registration, in-person absentee voting, obtaining information on candidates and referenda and other voting related information. The Registrar is responsible for all candidate filings and the maintenance of these records; providing all precincts with accurate facilities to vote and training of election officials to work the polls; recording and reporting the results of elections.
 
The Constitution of Virginia requires that you be registered in the precinct in which you live in order to be qualified to vote. You may register at any DMV or miscellaneous agencies in the Commonwealth, or at our office.  You may also vote absentee in-person at our office ONLY.
 
All requests for reasonable accommodations due to a disability should be made to the Office of the Registrar. You are encouraged to make application for voter registration.

You can call our office to verify that you are registered. Remember, a good citizen registers and VOTES.

The General Registrar for Amherst County manages all activities related to voter registration, facilitates citizen education regarding registration and voting, and works under the direction of the Electoral Board to prepare for, administer, and report the results of local, state and federal elections.

The three-member Electoral Board (appointed by the Circuit Court) and the General Registrar (appointed by the Electoral Board) have the mission of maintaining an accurate list of registered voters and administering elections in a fair, efficient, and equitable manner

Responsibilities 

The Amherst County Purchasing Department manages procurement of goods and services for both the county government and Amherst County Public Schools. Its' goal is to obtain the maximum value for tax dollars spent. The "Purchasing Manual" outlines the policies and procedures used for performance of the county's procurement function.

Goals

The goal of Purchasing shall be designed to provide both goods and services at a reasonable price and maximum value possible for tax dollars spent; with adequate quality and in a timely manner to accomplish their purpose.

Regulations

Purchasing operates in accordance with all federal, state, and county regulations and laws pertaining to public procurement and strives to ensure the fair and equitable treatment of all persons who deal with the County’s procurement system.

 

 

Official Economic Development Site

 

 

 

Take a look at Amherst County and you'll have a good idea why Virginia was recently named by Forbes.com as the #1 state in the nation for business. The county's pro-business attitude, well-educated workforce, diverse resources, affordable real estate, and rich quality of life all combine to provide an ideal home for companies and for their employees.

Community Development Staff

Click here for all applications and permits.

The Planning and Zoning Department manages the County's long range planning efforts and coordinates the County's development review process. This department also administers the County Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances.

 

The Planning and Zoning Department also provides staff support for the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals. Activities managed by this department include rezoning, special exception review, zoning text amendments to the zoning ordinance, assistance in site plan/subdivision plat review and evaluation, development and maintenance of the Comprehensive Plan and other planning activities involving transportation, housing, public facilities, utilities, and resource protection. This department also is responsible for enforcing the Zoning Ordinance.

 

Geographic Information System

A geographic information system (GIS) allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.  Click here to view the Amherst GIS. 

  • To schedule an inspection, please call Building Inspections by 5:00 pm the day BEFORE you would like an inspection.
  • A 48-hour notice is required for any inspection request pertaining to sprinkler systems.

Codes protect the public's health, safety, and welfare.

We all need protection from tragedy due to fire, structural collapse, and general deterioration of the structures that surround us: our homes, schools, stores, and manufacturing facilities. Building codes provide protection by reducing potential hazards to building occupants.

Codes keep construction costs down. Codes provide uniformity in the construction industry. This uniformity permits builders and materials manufacturers to do business on a larger scale - statewide, regionally, or nationally - than if construction was unregulated. A larger scale allows cost savings which are ultimately passed on to the consumer.

Codes provide consistent standards in construction. Codes establish predictable and consistent minimum standards which are applied to the quality and durability of construction materials.

Codes contribute to the well-being of the community. The preservation of life and safety, as well as the maintenance of property values over time, are a direct result of the application and enforcement of building codes.

 

WHAT IS THE COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES ACT FOR AT RISK YOUTH AND FAMILIES (CSA)?

It is a 1993 Virginia Law that provided for the pooling of eight specific funding streams used to purchase services for high-risk youth. These funds are returned to the localities with a required state/ local match and are managed by local interagency teams. The purpose of the act is to provide high quality, child centered, family focused, cost effective, community-based services to high-risk youth and their families.

HOW DID IT GET STARTED?

In 1989, the General Assembly became concerned because the cost of providing residential treatment to high-risk youth was increasing at approximately 22% each year. Because of this, a study of children in residential care was conducted. Fourteen thousand records from four different state agencies were examined. Subsequent analysis showed that services were provided to only 4,993 individual children.

In addition, 9 out of 10 of these children returned to their home communities where necessary changes in the child's community environment had not been made. The progress achieved in the residential facility was often lost.

At that point, it was decided that high quality, less restrictive, community-based services would be provided to these children if the funds were managed at the local level. There is a local cash match required to access the state CSA funds.

WHICH FUNDING STREAMS WERE PLACED IN THE FUNDS POOL?

* Department of Social Services
State and Local Foster Care
Foster Care Purchased Services

* Department of Juvenile Justice
286 Special Placements
239 Special Placements

* Department of Education
Private Tuition
Interagency Assistance

* Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services
Purchased Beds for Adolescents

* Other
Interagency Consortium

WHO MANAGES THE MONEY AT THE LOCAL LEVEL?

Each locality is required to have at least two different interagency teams. They are the Community Policy and Management Team and Family Assessment and Planning Team.

WHO PARTICIPATES ON THE LOCAL TEAMS?

The Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT) is made up of at least one elected or appointed official or his designee and the agency heads or their designees from the local Department of Social Services, School System, Community Services Board (mental health), Court Services Unit (juvenile justice), local Health Department, a parent and, where appropriate, a private provider. This team has administrative and fiscal responsibility for the local funds pool, for developing local policies and procedures and appointing members of the Family Assessment and Planning Team.

The Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT) is comprised of the supervisory level staff from the same agencies as the CPMT as well as the parent and often a private provider. These teams work with the families to develop the Individual Family Services Plan (IFSP).

If the services needed are beyond what is available in the participating agencies and there are no other family or community resources available, the team may choose to purchase them with local CSA pool funds

WHICH CHILDREN MAY BE SERVED BY THE TEAMS?

In general, the children who would have been served by one of the funding streams placed in the pool are targeted for services through CSA. The children who would have been served by the education funds and/or the foster care funds placed in the pool are considered "mandated" for service. This is because there is "sum sufficient" language attached to them in the Federal law and/or the Code of Virginia. These special education and foster care children are the only populations state and local governments are required to appropriate sufficient funds to serve.

ARE THESE THE ONLY CHILDREN WHO MAY BE SERVED?

No! If funds are available, localities may choose to serve other children with emotional or behavioral problems, especially those with multi agency involvement. Parents may be required to contribute financially toward the cost of CSA-funded services.

HOW DO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ACCESS THE TEAMS?

Each locality develops its own policies and procedures governing how families access the teams. Some localities allow parents to self refer, some allow any local agency to bring a case and many require that one of the agencies who serve on the team be the point of contact for the family. In order to find the requirements in your locality you may call any of the members of your CPMT. To find the name and number of the CPMT Chairperson or CSA Coordinator for your area, click on Local Contacts to download this information.

The Amherst County Extension office is a unit within Virginia Cooperative Extension. There are 107 county and city units throughout the state. We are an educational service, operated under cooperative sponsorship of Amherst County, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

PURPOSE

The purpose of the Amherst County Extension Office is to provide information to people through educational programs, instruction, and publications to help improve their economic, social, and cultural wellbeing. The resources and expertise of the Virginia land-grant universities are utilized by adapting their research to meet the needs and interests of the local area.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

  • Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • 4-H Youth
  • Family & Consumer Sciences

Assistance in these areas of expertise is easy, you can:

  • Participate in classes, meetings, and workshops
  • Consult a staff member by office visit or telephone
  • Request a home or farm visit by a staff member
  • Receive newsletters on various topics
  • Participate in 4-H and/or Family & Community Education Clubs

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Effective August 31, 2021 ACSA will resume disconnections for delinquent utility bills. Contact the ACSA office if you have any questions 434-845-1605.

Mission
The Amherst County Service Authority was originally established in the early 1930's, as the Madison Heights Sanitary District. Its function was to provide public water and wastewater services to the southernmost portion of Amherst County. In 1987 the District was reorganized as the Amherst County Service Authority, to supply these services to a broader portion of the County. Additionally, the Authority staff assist the County's Planning Department in reviewing proposed development activities in the County's protected public water supply watershed districts.

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The Amherst County Department of Social Services provides social work services, financial services, and volunteer opportunities administered according to state and federal regulations.  The mission of the department is to offer timely, appropriate, quality services to individuals and families in order to promote self-sufficiency and to protect children and adults.

The Department offers the following programs:  Adoption, Adult Protective Services, Adult Services, Auxiliary Grant Program, Child Protective Services, Day Care Services to Children, Emergency Assistance, Emergency Shelter Operations, Employment Services, Energy Assistance, Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS), Family Partnership Meetings, Foster Care, Home Based Care (Companion Services), Intake Services, Medicaid, Prevention and Support Services for Families, SNAP (food assistance), State/Local Hospitalization, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), and Volunteer Services

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY).  The Amherst County Department of Social Services and USDA are an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Our department is responsible for all computer related functions in all county offices. Our job responsibilities,

  • include troubleshooting computer and network related issues
  • installation and setup of computer hardware and software

We are the support desk for all software and internet related questions and provide technical assistance for any hardware related questions or problems.

We also handle any telecommunications directly involving our computer system and remote sites. In addition to this, we generate all payrolls and accounts payables for the county and schools; tax tickets, tax books and vehicle license applications.

Presently, we manage all records Real Estate and Personal Property information, Business, State Incomes, Accounts Payable, General Ledger, Payroll, Building Inspections and Treasurers records.

Other duties include, backup and restore procedures and all upgrades to the installed software modules.

Sours: https://www.countyofamherst.com/department/index.php?fdd=7-0

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State Income Tax

The Commissioner of the Revenue office offers free state income tax preparation to Amherst County citizens, as well as the necessary forms to file.

In order for this office to assist you please provide a completed copy of your Federal tax return, and your W-2's.

The deadline for filing your State income tax return is May 1. You can mail your return to the Commissioner of the Revenue, P.O. Box 719, Amherst, Virginia 24521.

 

Please Note: If you file electronically with the Department of Taxation and owe, you will need to submit payment to the Department of Taxation, P.O. Box 760, Richmond, Virginia. 23218-0760

 

Meal Tax

Any business offering prepared food and beverages served with a meal (including alcoholic beverages) are required to levy a 4 percent tax.

The Commissioner will provide the necessary forms that are due on or before the 20thof each month.

Lodging Tax

Any motel, hotel or inn in Amherst County that provides lodging for compensation shall impose a 5 percent tax on the total amount paid for lodging.

The Commissioner will provide the necessary forms that are due on or before the 20th of each month.

Sours: https://www.countyofamherst.com/department/division.php?structureid=54
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Businesses located in the County of Amherst, except for retail and wholesale businesses* are required to obtain a Business license. The license tax is based on gross receipts. Businesses must file a renewal application and pay the license fee by May 1 of each year. The business must be approved by the Zoning Office (434) 946-9303 prior to isuance of the license. If the business has a trade name they must register their trade name with Clerk of Circuit Court (434) 946-9321.

* As of January 1,2021 Retailers and Wholesalers  are required to obtain a Business License.

If gross receipts are under $50, 000, you pay a $10.00 license tax. If the amount of gross receipts is over $50,000 see the rates listed below.

 

· Contractors - $.13 per $100 of gross receipts

· Services - $.31 per $100 of gross receipts

· Professional - $.50 per $100 of gross receipts

· Itinerant Merchants - $200.00 - 30 days or $500.00 annually.

· Peddlers - $50.00 annually

· Door to Door - $20.00 annually

 

Businesses that are obtaining a business license for the first time will estimate their gross receipts for the year. All businesses that have operated previously and are renewing their license may need to provide proof of gross receipts (Schedule C, or Corporate return) if audited by the Commissioner.

Sours: https://www.countyofamherst.com/department/division.php?structureid=53

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***Important public notice from the Commissioner of the Revenue***
The 2022 Personal Property Tax Relief discount amount will be 30.13% on qualifying vehicles. Qualifying vehicles are vehicles that are for Personal Use only. If you have any questions, please contact Jane Irby at 434-946-9310.

Welcome to the Commissioner of the Revenue's department. Listed below are the services this office offers the citizens of Amherst County.
 
The Commissioner of the Revenue is a locally elected Constitutional Officer responsible for administering all local taxes. The Commissioner is also the Chief FOIA officer for the office.  It is the duty and an honor for the Commissioner of the Revenue to serve the citizens of Amherst County. The Commissioner of the Revenue's office provides services regarding: 

    1. Personal Property Tax
    2. Business Personal Property Tax
    3. Machinery & Tools Tax
    4. Business License Tax
    5. Meals Tax
    6. Lodging Tax
    7. Real Estate Tax Relief for the Elderly or Disabled
    8. Land Use Program

 The Commissioner of the Revenue is responsible for assessing property, and the Treasurer is responsible for collecting all taxes. Any questions concerning the assessment need to be addressed by our office, while billing and payment questions need to be addressed by the Treasurer's office at 434-946-9318.

Information on various property and taxes are available below:

Other offices that provide valuable information are:

Sours: https://www.countyofamherst.com/department/index.php?structureid=6


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