April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, the City of Winchester encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Winchester a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by creating strong and thriving children, youth, and families in our communities.
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.
We, as representatives of health care facilities, higher education and local governments, speak with one voice, in support of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s stay-at-home order, and plead with all residents of the Northern Shenandoah Valley to stay home.
By not leaving the region at all, and by not inviting those from outside the area who might already be infected, you will protect the community we all so dearly love.
Let us be clear: If you stay home, you WILL save lives. Unity, now, will protect our community and those who are most vulnerable.
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.