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<sh>Real Estate Tax Due Dec. 5

<bt>The second installment on 2005 Town of Vienna real estate tax assessment is due Dec. 5. Mailed payments must be postmarked on or before that date to avoid penalties and interest. Late payments will be assessed a penalty of 10 percent or $5, whichever is greater, along with interest at 10 percent, which accrues until payment is made. Town residents who pay real estate taxes directly to the town rather than through a mortgage company and have not received a bill by Nov. 15 should call the Real Estate Office at Town Hall, 703-255-6325.

Those town residents who pay their taxes through a mortgage company and receive a tax bill, should notify their mortgage company immediately. Those who have sold their property and are not responsible for the tax bill they have received should notify the real estate office immediately. To pay by credit card online, visit www.ci.vienna.va.us/Town_Departments/onlinepay.htm. To pay by phone with a credit card call 1-888-272-9829 and use the Jurisdiction Code 1094 for real estate. Record the confirmation number at the end of the transaction, as this is the proof of payment.

Town of Vienna property owners must also pay Fairfax County real estate tax. For information on County tax payments, call 703-222-8234 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta/homepage.htm.

<sh>Proposed Ban on Parking

<bt>At its Nov. 21 meeting, the Town Council will conduct a public hearing on a proposed ordinance to prohibit parking of watercraft, boat trailers, motor homes and camping trailers on public streets. The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. in the Council Chamber at Town Hall. Interested citizens are encouraged to attend the hearing and express their views on this issue.

The proposed ordinance was prepared at the request of the Town Council in response to changes by the Virginia General Assembly last session that allow Fairfax County and towns within its boundaries to regulate parking of these vehicles. If adopted, the ordinance would take effect Feb. 1, 2006 after which vehicles parked in violation of the ordinance would be subject to parking citations and could be towed at the owners' expense. Call 703-255-6330.

<sh>Veterans Day Ceremony

<bt>Vienna's Annual Veterans Day ceremony takes place Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., at American Legion Dyer-Gunnell Post 180, 330 Center St. N. All are welcome. Call 703-938-9535.

<sh>Leaf Collection Continues

<bt>Fall leaf collection will continue this month, Nov. 7-16 and Nov. 28-Dec. 10 in South Vienna and Nov. 17-26 on the north side of town. To ensure pickup, leaves must be placed at the curbside prior to the first scheduled collection day. Once a crew has covered an area, it will not double-back. Because of leaf collection, no special pickups will be made until January 2006. Call the Public Works Department at 703-255-6381.

<sh>Library Accepts Credit

<bt>The Fairfax County Public Library now allows customers to use Visa or MasterCard credit and debit cards to pay for overdue or lst books.

"We have introduced credit and debit card payments for the convenience of out customers and in response to the great number of our users who have requested the service," said Jane Goodwin, Deputy director of the Fairfax County Public Library.

Credit card payments are accepted at all library branches, including the Access Services in the Fairfax County Government Center. Credit cards are currently not accepted for book bags, special used book sales, printing fees or microform reader-printer machines. For details call or visit a local branch.

<sh>Office Hours for Senator Allen

<bt>U.S Senator George Allen (R-Va.) will conduct local office hours for regional representative of Northern Virginia on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 2-4 p.m., at the Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Allen will be available to discuss issues facing the area constituents and to help anyone having problems with a federal agency. For more information, call Chris West, 703-244-7261.