News to Use Podcast Transcript: Sept. 21, 2011
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for
September 21, 2011.Coming up, learn about the Oct. 5 personal property
tax deadline, a McLean community forum, an award for the county’s CAD2CAD
project, the Park Authority’s “Fall for Fitness” pass sale and tips to be
a better use of the county’s 500 miles of trails. Links to topics
mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
Oct. 5 is the deadline to pay your 2011 personal property tax for motor vehicles. Fairfax County provides residents with several convenient payment options that can save time and gas. These include paying online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta; cash payments at Shoppers Food locations; or paying by mail. There are even extended tax payment hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 3-5 to pay in person at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223, Fairfax, plus special Saturday hours on Oct. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon. Residents should know that there is a 10 percent penalty, plus interest for late personal property tax payments, and a 25 percent penalty for payments more than 30 days past due. Late payments also are subject to multiple collection actions and additional fees.
Whether you are aging in McLean, living with a disability or serving as a caregiver of a family member, come to the McLean “Creating a Supportive Community for All Ages” Forum to:
Explore new, innovative community-for-all practices from other
neighborhoods in Fairfax County.
Get involved and help craft a future vision for McLean.
Learn about county and nonprofit community resources through
- The forum will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Capital One Bank, 1680 Capital One Drive in McLean. There is limited seating for the event and advance reservations are required. Call 703-288-5426 for information.
For enabling faster resource deployment during emergency responses,
Fairfax County has received the National Information Exchange Model “Best
of NIEM” Award from the Department of Homeland Security. The award
recognizes the county’s work on a Northern Virginia CAD2CAD project.
CAD2CAD, the enhanced system for regional computer-aided dispatch (CAD),
allows sharing of data and dispatch status among 9-1-1 call centers in
Fairfax County, the cities of Fairfax and Alexandria and Arlington
County. Since going live in February 2010, the enhanced system has
decreased emergency response time up to 50 percent across the
Fall is a great time to get in shape, and the Fairfax County Park
Authority is offering great savings as well. Through Oct. 15, residents
can save during the “Fall for Fitness” pass sale, providing 15 percent
savings on four-month and 12-month passes, good at all nine Fairfax
County Park Authority RECenters. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks for all the details, or
contact your local RECenter.
Finally, Fairfax County offers over 500 miles of trails ranging in width from 6 feet to the newer 10 feet standard. The majority are asphalt paved, but some are stone dust or natural surface. A map showing the existing trails is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/trails/maps.htm. Remember, trails are for a multitude of users and not limited to bicycles. Share the trail and respect others, ride responsibly, be polite and follow these rules.
Walkers and runners have the right-of-way over bicyclists and
Obey traffic signs and signals and cross roads only at designated
Stay to the right of the center line; faster users pass on left.
Announce your passing either verbally or with a device such as a
Always keep maximum distance from others when passing.
Do not block the trail when stopped. Move to the side.
Be alert to potential obstacles and hazards such as debris, gates,
potholes and other trail users.
And remember, in Virginia, it is unlawful to operate a bicycle while using headphones on or in both ears. Learn more at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/bike.
That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news. You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.