News to Use Podcast Transcript: March 7, 2012

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Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for Mar. 7, 2012. Coming up, learn about the grand opening of Fire and Rescue Station 12 in Great Falls, National Consumer Protection Week and the county’s fiscal year 2013 budget, including meetings of the Board of Supervisors and public hearing dates. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will host a grand opening of Fire and Rescue Station 12 in Great Falls, Saturday, March 10, at 11 a.m. The fire station is located at 9916 Georgetown Pike. The ceremony will culminate with the traditional “hose uncoupling.” The 18,700 square-foot, drive-through, four-bay station, blends in with the rural Great Falls area. It was constructed with the environment and energy savings as a priority, using recycled glass, heated apparatus bay floors, waterless urinals, earth covered roofs with water absorbing ground cover and effective use of natural light. Station apparatus includes a fire engine, tanker, advanced life support unit, two swift water rescue boats and brush truck. The unique dark brown, steel bay doors are bi-folding, and can be moved easily manually, a first of its kind in the county. The station also is being submitted for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – or LEED – Silver certification. Construction of the $12-million station began in December 2010; the station went operational on Nov. 17, 2011. Residents are invited to the grand opening and hose uncoupling, refreshments will be provided, with tours of the station and apparatus conducted by firefighters.

You protect your family, pets, cars, homes… you name it. But it’s important that you remember to protect yourself, and one place where you need security is in the consumer marketplace. That’s why March 4-10 is National Consumer Protection Week, dedicated to encouraging consumers to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed purchasing decisions. Did you know that if you suspect you’re a victim of online fraud or a scam you can submit a report to the FBI through the Internet Crime Complaint Center, that there is a statute of limitations on old debts and a collector’s ability to sue you for them or that the Consumer Action Handbook is your free guide to help you navigate an increasingly complex marketplace? Learn more about Consumer Protection Week and resources available in Fairfax County at

Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin presented his proposed budget for FY 2013 to the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 28. He proposed a General Fund budget of $3.52 billion for Fiscal Year 2013 – July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 – an increase of 1.71 percent from the FY 2012 Revised Budget Plan. Excluding adjustments in the current fiscal year, the increase from the FY 2012 Adopted Budget is 4.26 percent. The total of all appropriated funds is $6.7 billion. The board’s budget pre-markup session is scheduled for Friday, April 20, at 1 p.m. and the markup session for Tuesday, April 24, at 10 a.m. The formal adoption of the budget by the Board of Supervisors is scheduled on Tuesday, May 1, at 10:30 a.m. during the regular Board of Supervisors meeting. Public hearings on the FY 2013 fiscal plan have been set for Tuesday, April 10, at 6 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday, April 11-12, at 3 p.m. Residents wishing to speak at any of the public hearings should contact the Office of the Clerk to the Board at 703-324-3151 to place their name on the speakers list or sign up online. The Board of Supervisors will adopt the budget on May 1.

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 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.  

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