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Northampton County is the southern 35 miles of a 70 mile long stretch of the Delmarva Peninsula known as Virginia's Eastern Shore. "The Shore" as it is affectionately named, is cradled by the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay or what is known locally as Bayside and Seaside. The Seaside, in particular, contains the largest island wilderness chain on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.
The Shore is a place that has somehow managed to remain relatively unchanged through the times. Its pristine condition is mainly a result of the surrounding waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the County's isolation to large East Coast metropolises such as Virginia's Tidewater Area (Virginia Beach & Norfolk). Generations of families have been left to their own and have created a rich tradition of living off the land through farming and fishing. For centuries a unique harmony, between mankind and nature, has evolved from these circumstances.
Northampton County's central location on the Eastern Seaboard places it less than a 1 day drive from areas such as New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
Northampton County contains numerous natural and cultural sites, including two large public parks, Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge and Kiptopeke State Park, located at the southern end of the county. Historic townships, such as Eastville, Cheriton and Cape Charles contain buildings that speak to over 350 years of architectural design in the United States.
Applications are currently being accepted for funding under the Northampton County Tourism Grant program. All funded projects must complement and advance the Tourism Strategy adopted by the Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission.
To be considered for the tourism grant funds, applicants must complete an application and return it to the Northampton County Administration no later than May 15, 2017. Grants will be awarded to selected projects by June 15, 2017.
Prospective applicants can call the County Administrator’s Office at 757-678-0440 ext. 516 (or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org) to request an application packet.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection
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NEW PPTR TRUCK CHANGES FOR TAX YEAR 2017
Additional vehicles may now qualify for tax relief beginning in 2017
Due to legislative changes that had taken place in the 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly, additional vehicles might now qualify for Personal Property Tax Relief (PPTR) from the Commonwealth of Virginia beginning in 2017.
The action by the General Assembly changed the registration requirements for personal use trucks with a gross weight between 7,501 and 10,000 pounds. As of January 1, 2017, these vehicles must be reclassified as pickups. These vehicles will require standard passenger license plates, and no longer qualify for truck license plates.
Once you have successfully reclassified your vehicle with DMV as a pickup before January 1, 2017, it may then qualify for personal property tax relief in 2017.
The change does not apply to vehicles registered for business use. If your truck is registered for business use, no action on your part is required.
You can reclassify your vehicle by visiting your local DMV customer service center.
NORTHAMPTON STARTS NEXT GENERAL REASSESSMENT
Starting August 2016, Northampton County reassessment staff will be visiting all properties gathering data and taking inventory of improvements. This process will be ongoing for 16 months. All appraisal data collectors are required to wear county photo ID badges. The general reassessment is a responsibility of the Commissioner of the Revenue, Charlene Gray.
The County Appraiser, Todd Simpson, will oversee this process.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process or any individuals on your property, please contact the Commissioner’s Office at 757-678-0446.
The Northampton County Joint Industrial Development Authority (JIDA)
Regularly scheduled meetings will be on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 4:00p.m.
16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville
Northampton County Administration, Upstairs Conference Room #201
Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc.
Many Americans can now enroll in affordable health insurance plans through the new Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov. Enrollment specialists based at Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc. centers have been trained to help Eastern Shore of Virginia residents evaluate options and enroll in affordable health insurance plans through the Marketplace.
The Marketplace offers private health insurance.
Every private insurance plan in the Marketplace will offer comprehensive coverage, from doctors to medications to hospital visits.
If you need assistance contact a specialist at a Rural Health center near you:
Allison @ Atlantic & Chincoteague @ 824-5676 x637
Meghan @ Bayview & Franktown @ 442-4819 x362
Ellen @ Onley @ 787-7374 x767
Payments for Real Estate and Personal Property taxes can be made at Official Payments website.
Northampton County Low Lying Areas
Land Use Information and Application Links:
Please note that §33.010 (Land Use Program) of the County Code was repealed on August 11, 2009.