Property assessment message from POA President Dave Williams

On Thursday, December 5th , I met with members of the Northumberland County Reassessment Office, to request that my 2019 land and Bldg/Improvement value NOT be reduced in 2020.

My presentation centered around improvements to the property that were not taken into account based on an exterior walk around.  My points were fully considered and a revised Reassessment value will be mailed in about 4 to 6 weeks.

I learned that Northumberland County has approximately 19,000 taxable properties. 

The properties purchased or sold in the last six years have gone down in value ~ 6%.

Arguments for tax value increase or decrease should include a rationale which will be fully considered.

The absence of locally available jobs was cited as the primary reason for property devaluation.

Property in the other parts of Virginia have also experienced increases and decreased.

The highest increases have been in the Orange area near Charlottesville, by approx. ~ 15%.

I hope that you found this information helpful.  Call 804.453.0712, to file an appeal before Dec 11, 2019.

David L. Williams, President PBE-POA

Severe weather update: 10:00 PM, Friday, Nov 15

The National Weather Service office in Wakefield, VA, has issued an updated severe weather briefing for our area for the period Friday night, Nov 15, through Monday, Nov 18.

The most severe storm effects will be felt in the lower Chesapeake Bay and on the Atlantic Ocean side of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.  Our neighborhood will feel some storm effects from late Friday night, Nov 15, through Monday, Nov 18.

  • 0.1″ to 0.25″ of rain
  • Winds gusting between 30-35 MPH, mostly on Saturday, Nov 16
  • Minor flooding in low-lying coastal areas

Here is a link to the full NWS severe weather briefing:   20191115_0558AM

Possible severe weather: Friday night, Nov 15, through Monday morning, Nov 18

The National Weather Service office in Wakefield, VA, has issued a severe weather warning for the southern Chesapeake Bay including the Norfolk-Newport News-Virginia Beach area, along the VA-NC border.  Our neighborhood is on the far edge of the warning area with only minor effects forecast for us.  However, the storm track can change.  We will post updates as necessary.

This link will take you to a detailed weather briefing released by the NWS on Thursday morning, Nov 14.  20191114_6AM

The NWS briefing is a detailed product featuring several maps and forecasts.

According to the current forecast, our neighborhood will not be in the area most affected by the storm.  We can expect:

  • Stormy conditions from Friday night, Nov 15, through Monday morning, Nov 18.
  • 0.1 inch of rain
  • Wind gusts to 30-35 MPH, with the highest gusts expected on Saturday, decreasing by Saturday night

Northumberland County burn ban lifted

Effective Wednesday, October 23, the ban on outdoor fires that was put in place on October 4 in Northumberland County has been lifted.

While outdoor fires now are permitted, please be careful if you are burning anything outside.

  • Do not leave an outdoor fire unattended.
  • When you think the fire is out, drench it again and again with lots of water.  Stir the ashes and drench it again.
  • Be careful if you are burning in windy conditions — the winds in our neighborhood can cause a small fire to spread quickly.
  • CALL 911 IF YOU THINK YOUR FIRE IS OUT OF CONTROL.

October 17 Drought Briefing from National Weather Service, Wakefield, VA

The National Weather Service office in Wakefield, VA, released a comprehensive report and forecast for the drought conditions now affecting Virginia.

You can see the full report here:  drought briefing

Note the tropical depression now forming in the Gulf of Mexico that may bring rain to our area Sunday.

REMINDERA TOTAL BAN ON OUTDOOR FIRES IS IN EFFECT IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  This burn ban was established by the County Board of Supervisors in response to the drought conditions we are experiencing.

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY BURN BAN IN EFFECT, 24/7, until further notice

Effective 4:30 PM, Friday, Oct 4, Northumberland County has announced a total ban on outdoor fires until further notice.  This ban is in effect 24 hours a day.

Northumberland County is in the area of Virginia designated as severe drought.  Lawns, woods and other vegetation are extremely dry and will burn rapidly.

To repeat:

Effective 4:30 PM, Friday, Oct 4, Northumberland County has announced a total ban on outdoor fires until further notice.  This ban is in effect 24 hours a day.

We will notify everyone when the ban is lifted.

Boat launch ramp access

On Wednesday, Oct 2, we placed a chain across the boat launch ramp into Presley Creek, located in the common area picnic area at the west end of Potomac Drive.  The chain blocks access to the ramp and is secured with a combination lock.

Potomac Bay Estates property owners are the only people authorized to use our boat launch ramp.  If you need the combination, please send an email message to us at potomacbaypoa@hotmail.com

Anytime you unlock the lock and take down the chain, please put the chain back in place and lock the lock.

Please do not share the combination with anyone else.

We took this action because of recent trespass on the boat ramp by non-property owners.