County aims to get in sync with state on license fee exemptions

FRONT ROYAL – Warren C0unty officials hope to adjust the county code to fall in line with state requirements regarding exemptions for license fees. 

The Board of Supervisors at a Tuesday work session agreed to move forward with a public hearing to add a stipulation to the county code stating that Virginia National Guard active members have to pay only half of the $40.75 state registration fee for licenses.

In addition to active duty National Guard members, those exempt from state registration fee would include disabled veterans and surviving spouses who have not remarried; Medal of Honor recipients and their surviving unmarried spouses; former prisoners of war and their surviving unmarried spouses; and volunteer fire and rescue members. 

Whitten explained that the county’s code includes all of those exemptions except the one for active National Guard members.

County Administrator Doug Stanley said, “Basically, we would be cleaning up our code to match the state code.”

The supervisors will vote at its next regular meeting whether to authorize the code change for a September public hearing. 

At the supervisor’s regular meeting before the work session, the board:

  • Approved that $28,857 from the Blue Ridge Shadows subdivision be set aside to help fund the radio system upgrade for Warren County Fire and Rescue and the Sheriff’s Office. This donation was agreed upon by the county and subdivision during rezoning of the subdivision property.
  •  Authorized for a public hearing regarding a conditional use permit for Jeffrey and Sondra Lehew’s proposed Shannon Hill Lane guesthouse.
  • Approved that a Chevrolet Tahoe be transferred from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office to Warren County Public Schools.
  • Approved the waiver of $91.80 sign fees for the Warren County Heritage Society’s two museum signs.