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State Land Evaluation and Advisory Council (SLEAC)

The Code of Virginia (Section 58.1-3239) established the State Land Evaluation Advisory Council (SLEAC) with the mandate to determine and publish use-value estimates of eligible land for each jurisdiction participating in the use-value taxation program.The council is composed of the:

  • Tax Commissioner;
  • Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University;
  • Commission of Agriculture and Consumer Services (agricultural and horticultural lands)
  • State Forester (forest lands); and
  • Director of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (open space lands).

SLEAC Meetings
Annually, Agricultural and Horticultural, Forestry, and Open Space Use-value Estimates are presented for review by SLEAC at a public meeting held during the first two weeks of August. These preliminary estimates are open for review for 30 days. During this time, written questions are addressed. Responses to all questions are presented to SLEAC for a vote during a second meeting held during the first 2 weeks of September. The approved estimates are posted on the use-value website in October of each year.

Members:

bullet Craig M. Burns, Chair
bullet Sandra J. Adams or Kevin Schmidt, Designee
bullet Bettina K. Ring or Dean Cumbia, Designee
bullet Alan Grant or Bobby Grisso, Designee or Lonnie Johnson, Designee
bullet Clyde Cristman or Sarah Richardson, Designee

Staff:

bullet Gordon Groover
bullet Lex Bruce
bullet Jason Hughes
bullet (Terry) Theresa M. Born

Interested Parties:

bulletKatie Frazier
bulletMartha Moore
bulletTrey Davis
bulletVirginia Assessing Officers
bulletVirginia Commissioners of the Revenue

Members:

Craig M. Burns, Chair

Tax Commissioner
Virginia Department of Taxation
600 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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Sandra J. Adams

Commissioner
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
102 Governors Street
Richmond, VA  23219

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Bettina K. Ring

State Forester
Department of Forestry
900 Natural Resources Drive, #8008
Charlottesville, VA  22903

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Alan Grant

Dean
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Blacksburg, VA  24061

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Clyde Cristman

Director
Department of Conservation and Recreation
600 E. Main Street 24th Floor
Richmond, VA  23219

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Designees:

Dean Cumbia

Department of Forestry
900 Natural Resources Drive, #800
Charlottesville, VA  22903
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Robert (Bobby) Grisso

Associate Director, Agriculture and Natural Resouces (ANR)
Virginia Cooperative Extension
115 Hurcheson Hall (0908)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

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Lonnie Johnson

District Director, Southeast District Office
Virginia Cooperative Extension
2810 N. Parham Road, Suit 300
Richmond, VA 23294-4422

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Sarah Richardson

Land Conservation & Real Propoerty Manager
Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation
600 East Main Street, 24th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

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Kevin Schmidt

Director, Office of Policy, Planning and Research
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
102 Governor Street
Richmond, VA  23219

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Staff:

Gordon Groover

Project Leader
Dept. of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
206-A Hutcheson Hall (0401)
Blacksburg, VA  24061
xgrover@vt.edu

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Lex Bruce

Senior Project Associate
Dept. of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
301-A Hutcheson Hall (0401)
Blacksburg, VA  24061
fbruce@vt.edu

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Jason Hughes

Senior Property Appraisal Consultant
Virginia Department of Taxation
600 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA  23218-0565
jason.hughes@tax.virginia.gov

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(Terry) Theresa M. Born

Senior Property Appraisal Consultant/
General Legal & Techncal Services
Virginia Department of Taxation
600 E. Main Street, 10th Floor
P.O. Box 565 Richmond, VA 23218-0565
theresa.born@tax.virginia.gov

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Interested Parties:

Katie Frazier

President 
Virginia Agribusiness Council
P.O. Box 718
701 E. Franklin Street
Richmond, VA  23218-0718

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Martha Moore

Director  
Governmental Relations
Virginia Farm Bureau Federation
12580 West Creek Parkway
P.O. Box 27552
Richmond, VA  23261
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Trey Davis

Assistant Director
Governmental Relations
Virginia Farm Bureau Federation
12580 West Creek Parkway
P.O. Box 27552
Richmond, VA  23261

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Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech. For problems or questions regarding this website contact Lex Bruce. Last updated June 28, 2016.