Tuesday, January 1, 2013
What does the chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors look forward to in the new year?
Tuesday, January 1
As 2012 draws to a close, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova has shared with Patch her legislative priorities and goals for 2013. They have been published below. As an added bonus, she also included her New Year's resolutions. The adoption of the Fiscal Year 2014/2015 Budget begins in earnest in late February when County Executive Ed Long releases his Advertised Budget. We already know that Fairfax County is, and will be, affected by the current federal climate. Our income projections (flat to modest) coupled with expenses needed just to maintain our current levels of service result in a projected shortfall of approximately $170 million for FY2014. It is my goal, working with my colleagues and County staff, to adopt…
Monday, October 15, 2012
See the agenda for the Oct. 16 Board of Supervisors meeting.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will hear a presentation from the Private Sector Energy Task Force Tuesday detailing how the county can begin to become greener and energy efficient. The task force, which is chaired by Leo Schefer, president of the Washington Airports Task Force, is expected to make a series of recommendations to supervisors. The recommendations may include mapping out how the county intends to meet its goal of a carbon-neutral Tysons Corner by 2030. The task froce also support incentives for property owners to invest in sustainable and green improvements to new and existing buildings in the county. Later in the afternoon, the board will conduct a public comment period regarding the transportation-funding plan for …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Loudoun residents and landowners voiced opinions about the proposed Silver Line project during a public input session Monday.
More than 150 people signed up for Monday's public input session to tell the Loudoun Board of Supervisors their views about the proposed Metro project that would extend the Silver Line from Reston to Ashburn. The board must decide by July 4 whether the county will participate in the project. If Loudoun participates, stations will be constructed at Route 606 and 772, increasing development options in those areas. Some have called it the county's "biggest decision" ever. After hearing from the experts, supervisors Monday turned to their constituents. “The board is looking at their options when it comes to Dulles rail," said Loudoun Public Information Officer Anna Nissinen. "They’ve been going through work sessions with staff getting …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
According to an article on WTOP, members of the Board of Supervisors have shown mixed reactions regarding the report.
A recent analysis shows that Loudoun County could suffer a $72.2 billion economic blow without the second phase of the Silver Line, according to an article on WTOP. George Mason's Director for the Center for Regional Analysis Stephen Fuller said he has studied the impact of the subway line and concluded that the second phase is needed for the local area. It would provide subway services from Reston to Dulles International Airport, he said, and into Loudoun County. It would also bring 40,000 professional and business-service jobs to the local area. Without it, Fuller said his report shows that the county would lose $72.2 billion between 2020 and 2030 alone. However, some members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors say they aren't …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors identified $24.8 million to fund more programs.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors identified $24.8 million that will fund county employee compensation, human services, longer library hours, and other programs during a Tuesday mark-up session of the county’s fiscal year 2013 budget. The adjustments passed by a vote of 8-2. Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity, on his first day back after recovering from successful open-heart surgery, and Braddock District Supervisor John Cook voted against the $6.7 billion budget. "Today, while not entirely out of the woods, we are beginning to see evidence of a recovery—a slow and sluggish recovery, but a recovery nonetheless," Chairman Sharon Bulova said. "Hopefully, we are beginning to see the dawn of a new day." For the first time since …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Equestrian Task Force will recommend hiring a full-time coordinator.
This is the first in a multi-part series from Patch about the economic and other impacts of the declining equestrian industry in Fairfax County. Part 2: Richmond Highway Development May Spare Woodlawn Stables was published Wednesday, Feb. 22. Part 3: Laurel Hill Equestrian Facility Moves Forward was published Thursday, Feb. 23. Part 4: Fairfax County Equestrian Opportunities was published Friday, Feb. 24. _______ At least 50 equine-related businesses have closed in the past 20 years, most recently Great Falls Horse Center and Bay Ridge Equestrian Center, according to The Fairfax County Equestrian Task Force. The loss of these businesses and other equine facilities, primarily due to increased land development, is costly for Fairfax County …
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Panel, citizens agree a higher salary is needed to attract the right candidate for an impossible job
"We’re not going to get somebody in here on Tony’s salary," said a constituent at Supervisor John Cook's Town Hall on Monday night. Fairfax County Executive Tony Griffin is scheduled to retire in April, and the Board of Supervisors has begun the process to replace him. According to Cook, Griffin currently earns about $240,000 a year. School superintendent Jack Dale earns about $320,000 a year, and many in the room said that discrepancy would need to be adjusted if the county wanted to attract top candidates for county executive. Supervisor Cook agreed. "The Board of Supervisors hasn't yet set any parameters, but when you're as big as Fairfax County, you find who you want and you get them," he said. "We’re going to pay what we need to pay…