The City of Winchester is encouraging the community to get behind a new Hearts for Heroes campaign to let local heroes know their hard work and sacrifice during these difficult times has not gone unnoticed. The campaign is simple.
From Mayor John David Smith, Jr.
When I was elected as Mayor, one responsibility I accepted was making sure Winchester residents had a safe place to live. This, above all, is the most important thing, especially now. Being safe!!
I’d like to stress the importance of social distancing and staying home. Yesterday, the Governor issued a stay home order because too many people are continuing to go out in large groups. Nonessential businesses continue to stay open when they should close. By doing this, they are putting themselves and others at risk.
The City’s vendor, Pearson’s Appraisal Service, has begun the 2021 General Real Estate Reassessment process which includes inspecting and reviewing properties within city limits. Pearson’s Appraisal Service staff will be traveling in clearly marked vehicles and have identification.
Any property owner that has information to share with Pearson’s regarding the assessment of their property or would like to have an interior inspection should contact the City’s Real Estate Administrator at (540) 667-2048.
The City of Winchester Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office (COR) is now accepting 2020 applications for real estate tax relief for the elderly or disabled. Full or partial tax relief is available to homeowners who are either permanently disabled or 65+ of age, and who meet income limits and other filing requirements.
To minimize public gatherings, reduce the spread of germs, and ensure the safety of the public, City staff and Council members, the community is encouraged to watch the March 31, 2020 Council meetings online (live broadcast of these meetings will not be available on Comcast cable channel 6). The agendas and a link to watch the meetings live online can be found at https://winchesterva.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingTypeList.aspx.
At an emergency meeting of the City of Winchester Economic Development Authority (EDA) held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Authority members voted to allocate $200,000 towards a Disaster Relief Funding Program (DRFP). The program was developed in response to the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses in Winchester.
Below is an update regarding the City’s response during the Coronavirus pandemic. Previous news releases are also included below for your convenience.
Winchester Circuit Court Presiding Judge Honorable Alexander R. Iden issued the following order on March 18, 2020:
The Court finds that the current outbreak of COVID-19 presents a threat to the health and safety of the Clerk's office personnel and the general public. The Court further finds that the Supreme Court of Virginia, pursuant to an Order Declaring Judicial Emergency, has stressed the need to prevent the spread of the virus.
Message from Winchester Public Schools Superintendent Jason Van Heukelum:
Interim City Manager Mary Price has declared a State of Emergency for the city following a statewide declaration by Governor Northam on March 12, 2020.
"As of today, we are not aware of any confirmed cases in the Lord Fairfax Health District, but we need to be prepared in case of an outbreak in Winchester,” stated Ms. Price. “To prepare for potential future impacts on the City in costs and resources, I declared a state of emergency for the City at 8:00 am. This will allow us to be eligible for potential federal and state aid should the damage threshold be reached for the state.”