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.”
To help slow the spread of germs as recommended by the CDC and Virginia Department of Health, ALL City buildings and facilities will close to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. City services will continue, and staff will be available via phone and email during regular business hours.
“Maintaining City services at all times is important to us and we will continue providing essential services to our residents during this closure,” stated Interim City Manager Mary Price.
The Winchester Commissioner of the Revenue and Treasurer’s Offices are moving from Rouss City Hall to the Creamery Building (21 S. Kent Street, Winchester) this week. Both offices will be closed on Friday, March 13, 2020 for the move and will reopen to the public at the Creamery Building on Monday, March 16 (8 am-4:30 pm). A drop box for payments and other items for the Commissioner and Treasurer will be available at the new location.
City staff and especially public safety personnel have been monitoring the outbreak and meeting regularly with state and local officials. The VA Department of Health is the lead agency in the Commonwealth’s response. Our Senior Management Team have met to discuss operations and precautions and will continue to discuss the outbreak, proper hygiene, and the City’s response on a regular basis. We have implemented glove wearing for those who handle money or work directly with the public.