County Pilots Opportunity to Provide Video Input at Budget Public Hearings
March 29, 2017
As part of Fairfax County’s efforts to expand public participation in our local government, the county is piloting a program that enables Fairfax County residents to provide a video link with their input on the proposed FY 2018 budget. The video will be viewed by the Board of Supervisors and the public during budget public hearings on April 5 and 6. The public hearings are livestreamed and televised on Channel 16.
Speakers may submit a video link, following county guidelines, in lieu of appearing in person before the Board of Supervisors at the public hearings.
Guidelines for participating in this pilot program include:
- A maximum of five videos will be played at each of the April 5 and 6 public hearings on a first-come, first-served basis. The video testimony will be played after in-person testimony is finished.
- If your video is not one of the five played at the public hearing and meets all the county guidelines, it will be submitted to the Board of Supervisors for review.
- The deadlines to submit a video link for the budget public hearings:
o April 4 public hearing: At capacity, videos not accepted.
o April 5 public hearing: Tuesday, April 4 at 8:59 a.m.
o April 6 public hearing: Wednesday, April 5 at 8:59 a.m.
- Following the county’s public hearing policy, you will have three minutes to speak in the video; five minutes if you are speaking for a group.
- Your video must be uploaded to and playable from YouTube.
- Video testimony must adhere to the same expectation for in-person presentations that speakers will deliver comments with the decorum and respect appropriate to the conduct of the public's business and comments will be limited to issues relevant to the budget.
The pilot video program is in addition to several other public input opportunities, including:
- Speaking at the budget public hearings
- Emailing the Department of Management and Budget or Clerk to the Board of Supervisors
- Contacting your supervisor
- In addition, town hall meetings took place throughout March
Following the pilot, the county will assess the program and determine next steps. For more information, contact Tony Castrilli, Office of Public Affairs.