$195,000 in Redskins revenue ‘hasn’t arrived’ for Richmond schools

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – It’s been nearly a year since the Redskins Training Camp made it’s way to Richmond last summer.

According to the city, the football experience brought in over $230,000 in City Tax Revenue based on a preliminary analysis.

According to a resolution, the city is to dedicate $195,000 a year for schools’ program enhancements from the tax revenue impact of training camp for eight years.

“At the Mayor’s state of the city speech he proclaimed that they were well over their projected expectations for tax revenue so I was expecting a check any day and it still hasn’t arrived,” said Richmond School Board member, Kim Gray.

Gray said she started questioning city leaders about the money last year. She said she was told that money was going to go the schools this budget year.

“The ordinance refers to tax revenue that’s realized in this fiscal year and we have another few months left in this fiscal year and we still haven’t received that money,” said Richmond School Board member Glen Sturtevant.

CBS 6’s Chelsea Rarrick took some of the school board member’s questions to Chief Administrative Officer Byron Marshall on Wednesday.

“Those eight years run with the lease on the facility by the Redskins,” said Marshall. “What we’ve done is put money in the fiscal year 15 budget to satisfy that requirement.”

CBS 6’s Chelsea Rarrick told Marshall that some school leaders were told by an employee that they were going to see that tax revenue money in the budget this year.

“I don’t know who that employee is, but this is what I’m saying is going to happen,” said Marshall.

Still, Gray said it’s money the school needed to see now.

“It’s unfair to children to have to endure the conditions because adults don’t do what they say they’re going to do,” said Gray.

Marshall said the $195,000 will be put into the RPS budget on July 1. He also said RPS is getting an additional $4.8 million in next year’s budget.

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