RICHMOND — Del. Lashrecse Aird was appointed to the Joint Subcommittee on Local Government Fiscal Stress on Tuesday, April 18.

The Joint Subcommittee is tasked with reviewing causes of local fiscal stress and examining approaches to work with local governments to address instances of fiscal stress. A report from the Commission on Local Government revealed that 53 percent of Virginia’s counties and cities are experiencing above average or high fiscal stress.

“This is a critical time for several municipalities in our Commonwealth that are currently facing fiscal challenges. I take my responsibilities as a member of the Joint Subcommittee very seriously,” said Aird. “The work of this Subcommittee will be critical to ensuring the fiscal viability of the localities in my district and throughout the state. We must be proactive in finding ways to monitor the financial health of our cities and counties to address potential issues before they get out of hand. Without strong localities, the very quality of life is impacted for all of our citizens. The creation of this subcommittee is a step in the right direction, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to confront this issue.”

The budget passed during the 2017 legislative session called for the creation of a Joint Subcommittee on Local Government Fiscal Stress.

The provision requires the co-chairs of the Senate Finance Committee to appoint five members from their committee and the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee to appoint four members from his committee and two members of the House Finance Committee. The Joint Subcommittee shall elect a chairman and vice-chairman from among its membership.

Aird was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in November 2015. She represents the 63rd District which includes the City of Petersburg and parts of the City of Hopewell, Chesterfield County, Dinwiddie County and Prince George County.