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(NOTE:  Visit our Tourism website:  http://www.visitwisecounty.com for Local Cultural Events, Festivals and Activities in Wise County.  For scheduled events at The Glades park in downtown Wise, VA, please visit the Town of Wise Events page.)

The FY 2020-21 Proposed Budget is now available for download.  A Public Hearing is scheduled for Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. in the Wise County School Board Education Center located on Lake Street, Wise, Virginia to receive public comment on the proposed budget.  A Summary of the Proposed Budget is also available for download.


The deadline to pay the first half of Wise County 2020 real estate taxes is June 25, 2020. After the June 25th due date, penalty will be added to taxes that have not been paid. The penalty is 10% or $2.00, whichever is greater, however, the penalty shall in no case exceed the amount of the original tax. In addition, 5% interest per year will be charged beginning July 1, 2020.

For more information, please see the Full Public Notice.

Preventing Coronavirus Disease Spread in Your Community

How to prepare and take action for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – follow this Link.

Also, the LENOWISCO Health District has provided additional information – Coronavirus CovID-19 Letter and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Flyer.

"Wise County Economic Prosperity Opportunity Fund"

A COVID-19 Small Business Loan Assistance Program

Communities across the country are experiencing unprecedented economic devastation as efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic continue throughout Wise County, the State of Virginia, and the nation. Small, locally owned businesses - the lifeblood of our communities - have especially been hit hard by the economic fallout from efforts to combat the ongoing global health crisis.

In response, Wise County, in partnership with the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA), the Wise County Board of Supervisors, Lenowisco PDC and the Wise County IDA is pleased to announce the development of the "Wise County Economic Prosperity Opportunity Fund". This small business loan program is being implemented to help Wise County small businesses bridge the gap between current finances and anticipated federal and state funding assistance.

For more information, see the Full Notice.


Effective March 15, 2020, the green box dumpsters located on Honeybranch Road will be removed and the site will be closed down.  All residents of Wise County that are currently using this site are directed to take your trash to the convenience center located on Rt. 58, just above the Virginia City Power Plant.  This decision was made due to the health & safety hazard posed to the public by the bears in and around this site.


Effective July 1, 2019 Virginia Code Section 15.2-2511 requires the locality’s audit firm to present the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report to the local governing body at a public session by the following December 31. If the audit is delayed, a locality must publish a statement that the required audit is pending, the reasons for the delay, and the estimated date of completion.

Wise County's Fiscal Year 2019 audit is not complete. The county has component units that are audited by different auditing firms. The county has not received the audit report from one of those firms. That firm recently merged with another firm and are behind on their audits. The Wise County Comprehensive Annual Financial Report’s estimated date of completion is February 29, 2020.

NOTICE – Change to Materials Accepted for Recycling

Effective 10/14/19, Wise County will no longer accept plastic for recycling at any of our convenience centers.  This change in our recycling program was made because of the closure of the recycling company that accepted these materials.  We have worked for the past few months to identify new recycling companies in the region that would accept our plastic, but have been unsuccessful.  Wise County is continuing to look for possible new markets for our recyclables in hopes of offering plastic recycling to our citizens again in the future.  The following is a list of the materials that Wise County is currently accepting for recycling at our convenience centers: 

Newspaper & Magazines
Rubber Tires
Metal Appliances

Wise County also accepts all Electronic Waste such as computers, printers, flat screen monitors and tvs, and copiers for recycling at the Josephine Convenience Center in Norton.

At their Jan. 10, 2019 Regular Meeting, the Wise County Board of Supervisors adopted the 2015 Virginia Maintenance Code – Part III of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (effective Sept. 4, 2018) for Wise County.  Full text of the Code is available for download --> HERE.

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Tue., May 19, 2020
Wise County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) will hold its next meeting in the County Administrator's Conference Room at the Wise County Courthouse, E Main Street, Wise VA.

Mon., June 8, 2020
Wise County Planning Commission will hold its Regular Meeting at 5:00 p.m. at the Wise County Schools Education Center, Conference Room A, located on Lake Street in Wise, VA.

Thu., June 11, 2020
Wise County Board of Supervisors will hold their next Regular Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Wise County Schools Education Center, Conference Room A, located on Lake Street in Wise, VA.

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