May “County Magazine” Program Highlights Fiscal Year 2006 Budget


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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May 10, 2005

 

May “County Magazine” Program Highlights Fiscal Year 2006
Budget, Wind-Generated Electricity and More

Viewers of this month’s “County Magazine” on Fairfax County government Channel 16 will get insight into a variety of topics affecting Fairfax residents, including highlights from the approved fiscal year 2006 budget and the benefits of wind-generated electricity.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted the fiscal year 2006 budget on April 25, resulting in the fourth consecutive year the real estate tax was reduced. Board Chairman Gerald E. Connolly emphasized that this is the largest tax rate cut in the history of Fairfax County, the lowest tax rate in modern history and the greatest amount of revenue returned in one year — $232.8 million.
 
The county’s purchase of wind energy, which is clean and inexhaustible, marks the first time a local government partnership has been formed to use an environmentally sound energy source. Fairfax County has entered into a two-year partnership with Washington Gas to buy a portion of its electricity as wind energy through the Virginia Energy Purchasing Governmental Association

The show also will focus on the all-volunteer Medical Reserve Corp, which is designed to supplement the capacity of the public health system in the event of bioterrorism or widespread epidemics. A spring recruitment drive has been launched to add 3,000 more volunteers to the corps by June 30.

In another segment, learn how residents pulled together and cleaned up more than 60 sites to make Fairfax County stream valleys more visually appealing. Viewers also will discover how to get involved and make a difference in the health of county streams.

The Office for Women and the Commission for Women, who cosponsored a Women’s Voice Forum at the County Government Center, also will be profiled. Participants at the forum heard from a panel of experts and took part in discussions about key issues affecting women and girls in the community.

Other topics include the county’s involvement with “Take Your Children to Work Day,” recognition of volunteers at the annual Volunteer Fairfax award ceremony and a symposium sponsored by the Office for Children and Freddie Mac on building a school-child care partnership in Fairfax County.

“County Magazine,” with host Gail Eskew, can be viewed each Monday at 7 p.m.; Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 3:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The program also may be viewed on the Internet anytime during the month through Channel 16’s video-on-demand service at www.fairfaxcounty.gov. For more information about “County Magazine” or any of the other award-winning Channel 16 programs, call 703-324-5930, TTY 711, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov.

The winner of 13 CableACE Awards and over 100 other national awards for video excellence, Channel 16 celebrates 20 years of connecting Fairfax County and its residents. Channel 16 programming includes live meeting coverage of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals, as well as regular programs such as “Consumer Focus,” “Parks Plus+” and “Senior Times.”

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