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This is a remarkable story:  Major suburban county in Virginia pulls out of its association of counties!  Here’s the story from Real Clear Politics!

The Goochland County Board of Supervisor (sic) is withdrawing from a state association that supports counties and lobbies on their behalf, saying some of the group’s legislative positions do not reflect the county or its citizens.

The resolution unanimously approved Tuesday cited the Virginia Association of Counties’ position on eminent domain legislation. It also stated that the county isn’t getting sufficient value for its $4,700 annual dues.

There is indeed a referendum here in Virginia that would amend the state constitution to limit eminent domain to public uses, in effect overruling the effect of the Kelo decision in the Commonwealth.  Most municipal associations wanted their members to oppose this act.  I also did not realize the VaCO charges that kind of money for being a member!  That’s a lot higher than ICLEI (although not as unconstitutional!) dues!

The blame was placed at the feet of the local tea party group!

The Goochland County board’s withdrawal from the association was touted Tuesday by the Richmond Tea Party. Four supervisors said they are not affiliated with the tea party and were not lobbied to pull out of the association.

[Supervisor Susan] Lasolette, who founded the Goochland Tea Party, said the decision was “absolutely not anything to do with a tea party initiative.” She also has served on the board of directors of the Richmond Tea Party

So I ask the seven supervisors here in Hanover:  What’ya waiting for?  Join Goochland County.  Support eminent domain reform.  Get out of VaCO!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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