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MPPDC adds small fee to pay for Public Access Authority

The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission voted Dec. 21 to have each member locality pay an additional fee toward the FY 2018 budget.

The extra fee will support the Middle Peninsula Public Access Authority, for which MPPDC provides staff, said Beth Johnson, the commission’s finance director. The authority seeks donations of land to provide access to waterways throughout the region.

Johnson said that the counties of Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex, King and Queen, King William and Essex will each pay $600 to support the authority next year, while the towns of Urbanna, West Point and Tappahannock will each pay $200.

Those counties pay $16,300 each for MPPDC dues, Johnson said, while each town pays $4,033. 

In other matters, Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna) reported he plans to introduce a bill for the 2017 General Assembly that would allow formation of a Rural Coastal Virginia Economic Development Authority.

The authority would encompass the six counties of the Middle...

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