Albemarle and Charlottesville boundary disputes

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Over the years, the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County have had many disputes over boundaries. Currently the county pays the city each year according to the terms of a 1982 revenue sharing agreement.

One annexation in 1916 displaced R. H. Wood from the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, rendering him unable to run for reelection in 1920. [1]

A referendum was held on March 3, 1970 on the issue of merging the city and county into one entity. However, it was defeated 2 to 1 by city voters and 4 to 1 by county voters. The next year the city drew up plans to annex 11.3 square miles of county land. In September a judge would deny the petition. In 1972, the city asked for 12.1 square miles but were again denied.


There was also talk of reversion to a town in the late 1990's but that effort concluded in late 1999. [3]

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  1. Web. Mr. Rinehart Chairman of County Board, Daily, Daily Progress Digitzed Microfilm, University of Virginia Library, January 6, 1920, retrieved June 28, 2015.
  2. Print: The Seventies: Central Virginia Ends Decade of Joy and Tragedy, Doug Kamholz, Daily Progress, Worrell Newspaper group January 1, 1980, Page A1.
  3. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, 20 Dec. 1999.