In this Issue…

Board Leaves Flat Tax Rate on the Table – At Tuesday’s meeting, the Board voted 9 to 1 to advertise the tax rate at the current rate of $1.14 per $100 of assessed value, which leaves the full cost of your estimated real estate taxes on the table until the final tax rate is adopted in May. My colleagues have said that they are committed to lowering the tax rate but still supported advertising the current tax rate in order to have maximum “flexibility.” Interestingly, flexibility is already built into the proposed budget which has $80 million in unappropriated funds, readily available to fund at least a 2-cent reduction in the tax rate. I voted against advertising the current rate because it should not even be an option with the significant assessment increases across the county. We need to fund critical areas, like police compensation as I proposed at the last meeting, reduce spending in non-critical areas, and stop adding new programs out of the budget cycle. More thoughts below on the tax rate and what you can expect going forward in the budget process. 

Teen Job Fair this Saturday at West Springfield High School – I am very excited to bring back my annual Teen Job Fair Series in-person this Saturday, March 12th from 1-3pm at West Springfield High School. We have over 50 businesses participating in the fair ranging from County agencies, to athletic clubs to tech-centered nonprofits, to some of your favorite food chains. More details below, including a link for students to register for free.

Renaming Advisory Committee (RAC) Recommends Renaming Lee and Sully Districts In its final report the RAC recommended renaming Lee and Sully Magisterial Districts. The motion to rename Springfield District died on a 12-5 vote by the committee. Thanks to all of you that provided input, it made a huge difference at this stage. The process now moves to the Board which can change or modify the recommendation of the RAC in a yet to be communicated process or timeline.

Other News and Information

  • Stuff the Bus @ Cardinal Plaza Giant (3/19)
  • Army Band Concerts @ West Springfield High School (3/19 & 3/20)
  • DMV Connect @ Fairfax County Government Center (3/23-3/24)
  • Virginia AARP Jump Start Your Job Search Webinar