Thursday, March 7, 2013
Supervisors advertise a higher real estate tax of $1.095 per $100 of assessed value, a 2-cent increase from the current rate but not as high as one supervisor hoped.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has set the FY 2014 budget’s advertised real estate tax rate at $1.095 per $100 of assessed value, a 2-cent increase from the current rate of $1.075. Supervisors approved the rate in a 9-1 vote Tuesday after killing an amendment from Supervisor Gerry Hyland (D-Mount Vernon) to raise it another 1.5 cents to $1.11 per $100 of assessed value. Hyland’s proposal would have hiked the average resident’s taxes $332, but was shot down in a 8-2 vote against the amendment. Once the Board sets an advertised tax rate, it can’t legally adopt one any higher. Hyland argued that with the unknown effects of sequestration on the horizon, the Board should advertise a rate that would give it room to adjust to cuts and …
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Fairfax County School Board member shares visions for the new year.
As 2013 approaches, Patch has asked Fairfax County School Board members to share their goals and priorities for 2013. Member Pat Hynes' (Hunter Mill) goals run unedited below. As I finish my first year on the school board, I’m humbled by many debts of gratitude. Thank you to all those who helped me understand, were patient with my mistakes, who had the courage to advocate and the courage to move forward with faith. Thanks, especially, to the educators, who take good care of our children’s minds and hearts every day. Finally, thanks to The Patch for giving me this opportunity to look forward. My five goals for the next year on school board - in no particular order because everything is crucial and should have been done yesterday - are: …
Monday, September 26, 2011
In light of superintendent's retirement announcement, Hunter Mill School Board Candidate Nancy Linton says "new direction" means tearing down wall between board and community
Monday, September 26, 2011
To The Editor, Dr. Dale seems to be trying to convince voters to err on the side of maintaining the status quo in the upcoming School Board elections. He explained that he is holding off on his retirement so that he can keep everyone from going in “different directions at once, without focus.” Perhaps this is because he recognizes that so many problems have emerged under his reign, and that new School Board members will have different ideas on where to start. I agree that getting back on track will take real leadership--not from Dr. Dale, but from the School Board members themselves. His point reinforces the need for voters to think hard before casting their ballots. Does the candidate bring new ideas and a fresh perspective instead of …