County, schools see lean times.
Sully District Supervisor Michael Frey oversaw his last Town Hall Budget meeting on March 25. The topic of the meeting were the Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposals for both Fairfax County and Fairfax County Public Schools.
The American Society of Civil Engineers awarded Del. Thomas Davis Rust (R-86) an Outstanding Project And Leaders (OPAL) award in Arlington on March 26, for his lifetime achievement in government. The national OPAL award was established 15 years ago, to recognize outstanding civil engineering leaders whose lifetime accomplishments and achievements have made significant differences.
Dranesville Supervisor highlights his quality of life results, agenda.
At a campaign kick-off event held on Saturday, March 28, Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) announced that he will run for a third term to represent the Dranesville District on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Foust was elected to the Board in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011.
New Master Plan lays out uncertain future for Affordable Housing in Arlington.
A new Affordable Housing Master Plan released in March laid out Arlington County’s dire Affordable Housing needs. Hoping for approval before the plan is brought to the County Board in July, the Affordable Housing Study Working Group presented its findings to the Transportation Commission on April 2. The Master Plan was approved unanimously.
Arlington’s Transportation Commission recommends County Board defer action on increases to meter rates and hours.
A last minute plea from local business owners and lingering doubts compelled the Transportation Commission to reconsider, and ultimately recommend deferring, a proposal from Arlington County’s Department of Environmental Services to increase the meter rates and hours.
In the city manager’s proposed budget for FY 2016, the residential real-estate tax rate would increase by 2.5 cents – to 1.065 cents per $100 assessed valuation. The City Council can ultimately decide to lower the tax rate but, for now, it’s advertising it at the proposed amount. Meanwhile, it’s holding public hearings and workshops on the budget, so the idea will receive a great deal of thought and discussion before the budget is finally adopted and the tax rate is set.
Of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors district seats, all of which are up for election this fall, the Mount Vernon spot is already being contested by four candidates.
Draft Environmental Impact Statement details Potomac Yard Metro impact on parks and neighbors
The Potomac Yard Metro plan moves forward with the release of a draft Environmental Impact Statement developed by the City of Alexandria alongside the Federal Transit Administration and the National Park Service.
All four candidates vying for the seat of retiring Supervisor Gerry Hyland (D-Mount Vernon) will square off in a debate hosted by the South County Federation at its monthly meeting on April 14.
Jeff McKay (D-Lee) will seek his third term as Lee District Supervisor. The Alexandria resident formally began his campaign at a March 28 event held at Walker’s Grille in the Alexandria area of Lee District.
Currently serving his third term as a member of the Fairfax County School Board, Dan Storck kicked off his campaign to replace a retiring Gerry Hyland (D) as the next Mount Vernon District supervisor.
Fairfax County Police found 64-year-old Santos Rafael Zelaya inside a residence with multiple gunshot wounds, according to a department release.
A costly repair bill for City Hall creates discussion of potential public/private partnership.
Facing a $53 million heating ventilation and air conditioning price tag for City Hall, some on the City Council have begun questioning the wisdom of continuing to operate in City Hall. At a City Council Work Session on March 17, discussion became heated after Mayor William Euille said he had his own ideas for the future of the building and referred to the City Hall property as “a pot of gold.”
After a long tug-of-war between local residents and waterfront property developer EYA, acting City Manager Mark Jinks announced an agreement with EYA to use barging instead of trucking to transport materials to and from the South Robinson Terminal development.
Public Defenders protest pay inequality with Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.
“You have a right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.”