The recessed meeting was called to order at 9:10 a.m. with all Members being present, with the exception of Supervisor Berger, Supervisor McConnell, Supervisor Hanley, and Chairman Davis, and with Acting-Chairman Dix presiding.
Supervisor McConnell arrived at 9:15 a.m.
Chairman Davis arrived at 9:15 a.m.
Supervisor Berger arrived at 9:50 a.m.
Supervisor Hanley arrived at 11:50 a.m.
Others present were Richard A. King, Acting County Executive; Robert L. Howell, Acting County Attorney; Theodore Austell, III, Executive Assistant to the County Executive; William Howland, Assistant to the County Executive; Nancy Vehrs, Clerk to the Board of Supervisors; Viki L. Lester, Deputy Clerk to the Board of Supervisors; and Cristin Gubbins, Clarice Morris, Annie M. Richardson, and Ann Sheard, Office of the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors.
2. 9:00 A.M. - CONTINUATION OF THE PUBLIC HEARINGS
(NOTE: The public hearings on the above-stated issues commenced on Monday, April 6, 1992 and were continued until April 7, 1992. The public hearings were further continued until April 8, 1992, April 10, 1992, and April 11, 1992.)
Certificates of Publication were filed from the Editors of the Washington Post showing that notice of said public hearings on the following had been duly advertised in that Newspaper as described:
March 26, 1992:
·Proposed adoption of the County Executive's Fiscal Year (FY) 1993 Advertised Budget Plan, and the County and Schools' FY 1992 Third Quarter Review;
March 12 and March 19, 1992:
·Proposed personal property levy increase for certain classifications of personal property for FY 1993;
·Proposed real estate tax rate increase for FY 1993;
·Proposed amendment to Code of the County of Fairfax, Chapter 67 (Sanitary Sewers and Sewage Disposal), Sections 67-4-2, Sewer Charge Increase for FY 1993; and
·Proposed refuse collection levy increase for FY 1993.
Because of the large number of speakers scheduled to speak at today's hearing, Acting-Chairman Dix requested any large groups who have numerous individuals speaking on the same subject to select a few individuals to represent the group and to present testimony. He stated that the time allotted will be extended for those individuals and the remainder of the group present in the Board Room could stand and be recognized as part of that testimony.
Acting-Chairman Dix announced that Chairman Davis is on his way to the meeting and would be here momentarily.
Upon his arrival to the Board Room at 9:15 a.m., Acting-Chairman Dix returned the gavel to Chairman Davis.
Following the testimony of Sally Ormsby (Speaker Three), Supervisor Alexander announced that Governor L. Douglas Wilder's amendment to Bill 212 removed the Board's existing authority to levy the cigarette tax. He stated that instead of having an additional 4.4 percent of revenue, the County loses the 2.2 percent that it already has.
Following the testimony by Louis Herzog (Speaker Four), Supervisor Hyland moved that the Board direct the Fairfax County Police Department to charge offenders of DWI's (Driving While Intoxicated) under the Code of the County of Fairfax. This motion was jointly seconded by Supervisor Alexander and Supervisor McConnell and carried by a vote of eight, Supervisor Berger and Supervisor Hanley not yet having arrived.
Following the testimony by Richard Kunkel (Speaker 10), Supervisor Berger announced that he had been assisting several volunteers from the Dranesville District in the clean-up of Pimmit Run. He stated that he would review the testimony of the speakers he had not heard.
Following the testimony by Jerry Trudeau (Speaker 13), Supervisor Bulova referred to Page 156 of the Advertised Budget Plan Overview, under "Contributory Agencies: Telecommunications Exchange for the Deaf" a reduction of $2,613 is listed. She stated that she has been told that this is not necessary because there is another source of funding for this item. She asked unanimous consent that the Board direct staff to investigate whether this information is accurate and report its findings to the Board. Without objection, it was so ordered.
Supervisor Alexander announced his intent, during the Budget Mark-up, to request that funding ($175,140) be restored for the Fairfax Resource Center for the Hearing Impaired (FRCHI).
Following the testimony by James R. Lowery (Speaker 15), Chairman Davis questioned whether the clothing allowance for the Fairfax County Police Department could be part of their compensation.
Following the testimony by John Ayers (Speaker 20), Supervisor Hyland asked unanimous consent that the Board direct staff, as speakers present their testimony at these budget hearings, to announce whether the programs they are addressing are in the first or second round of budget cuts, the amount of the reduction, and what page in the budget the program is listed. Without objection, it was so ordered.
Following the testimony by Janet Ladd (Speaker 34), Supervisor Alexander announced that Supervisor Dix and Chairman Davis had to leave and would be temporarily absent for a portion of the hearing today in order to attend a meeting.
Supervisor Alexander announced that Supervisor Hanley also had to attend to other business this morning and would be present later in the meeting.
Following the testimony by Beth Isaacs (Speaker 62), Supervisor Alexander asked unanimous consent that the Board return the monies that were presented by the Carl Sandburg Band earlier in the meeting. Without objection, it was so ordered.
Following the testimony by David Gordon (Speaker 64), Supervisor Bulova stated that the funding cut for the Victim/Witness Assistance Program is listed on Page 111 of the Advertised Budget. She announced that she is not in support of the elimination of this program and she asked unanimous consent that the Board direct staff to review whether this program should be more appropriately listed under the Courts rather than the Police Department. Without objection, it was so ordered.
On behalf of the entire Board, Supervisor Alexander expressed his appreciation to Pam Davis (formerly Speaker 64) for her generous donation of cookies and fruit to Board Members. In lieu of testifying, Ms. Davis contributed the "goodies" and submitted her statement for the record.
Following his testimony, Richard Tarby (Speaker 44) presented a Tee-Shirt, "Don't Sack SACC," to Chairman Davis.
3. RECESS (Tape 11)
At 6:10 p.m., the Board recessed briefly for dinner and, at 6:45 p.m., reconvened in the Board Room with all Members being present, with the exception of Supervisor Alexander, Supervisor Berger, Supervisor Bulova, Supervisor Hanley, Supervisor Hyland, Supervisor McConnell, and Supervisor Trapnell, and with Chairman Davis presiding.
4. CONTINUATION OF THE PUBLIC HEARINGS ON:
Following the testimony of Raymond Bridge (Speaker 151) representing the Fairfax-Falls Church Mental Health Consumers Association, Supervisor Bulova asked unanimous consent that the Board direct staff to review and comment at the next Budget Subcommittee Meeting on the list of "hidden resources" in the Advertised Fiscal Year (FY) 1993 Budget, which was submitted by Mr. Bridge as part of his testimony. Without objection, it was so ordered.
Following the testimony of Jay Copan (Speaker 166), Chairman Davis relinquished the Chair to Acting-Chairman Hyland and asked unanimous consent that the Board direct staff to explore the feasibility of Mr. Copan's proposal for increasing revenue by charging activity fees for the use of school gymnasiums during after-school hours. Without objection, it was so ordered.
Acting-Chairman Hyland returned the gavel to Chairman Davis.
The public hearing was held, with testimony being presented by 171 speakers.
Chairman Davis announced that this concludes the public hearing process for the Budget. He stated that the record would be held open for written testimony only until April 21, 1992.
5. BOARD ADJOURNMENT (Tape 12)
At 8:45 p.m., the Board adjourned.