In this Issue…

Assessment Increases and the Advertised FY 2023 Budget – At the February 22nd Board meeting, the County Executive presented the FY 2023 Advertised Budget which includes a 9.5 percent increase in taxes paid by the average homeowner – with many across the County seeing increases much higher. This increase comes despite the advertised budget holding the tax rate flat at $1.14 per $100 of assessed value due to higher assessments. For many years I have been saying that this Board’s spending is out of control and unsustainable for taxpayers as the Board, over my objection, approved new spending initiatives and used one-time funds and federal pandemic funds to pay for new positions while neglecting priorities like public safety and employee compensation. Residents cannot afford any kind of tax increase this year as we are facing record inflation, rising gas prices and an economy recovering from the pandemic. More information below on the budget and how you can make your voice heard on this tax increase. 

Parkway Safety Improvements Installed - I am pleased to share that the Virginia Dept. of Transportation (VDOT) recently installed much needed chevron and ‘curve ahead’ signage on northbound Fairfax County Parkway between Ox Road and Burke Centre Parkway. These signs should help address the serious safety concerns about this under-designed section of roadway that has seen more than its fair share of median crossover crashes, including the fatality that took place late last year. My sincere thanks to VDOT for getting this installed as soon as possible. At its meeting in early December, the Board approved my motion to direct the Fairfax County DOT to investigate what else can be done to address this unsafe section of roadway; it remains under review at that agency.

Other News and Information
  • Last Meeting of the RAC (3/1)
  • Fairfax Police vs Fairfax Fire Hockey Game (3/25)
  • The Joy of Using LEGO Serious Play in Caregiving (3/4)
  • ECHO Food Drive at Springfield United Methodist Church (3/5)
  • Real Estate Tax Workshops (3/16)
  • Bull Run Civil War Round Table Scholarship (4/4)