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Some local lawmakers are concerned that if the Constitutional amendment ballot question on eminent domain passes, festivals and parades, such as Viva Vienna and the City of Fairfax Fall Festival, will spark countless lawsuits from business owners who could argue that the public events cost them private profits.

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Lawmakers Debate Eminent Domain Ballot Question

Some argue amendment fails to increase property owner’s protections, but may shut down popular parades.

"A shop owner could complain they lost revenue, that festival vendors are taking their business away….What if someone decided to make that an issue and seek compensation for lost profits under (the amendment)? The Town of Vienna can’t afford to reimburse every shop owner..." — Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova (D-at-large) "(The amendment) is fair…If they run a road and cut off your driveway to the point that no one can get into your restaurant and ruin your business, you should be compensated." —Del. Dave Albo (R-42)


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