News to Use Podcast Transcript: Sept. 19, 2012
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for
September 19, 2012. Coming up, learn about the upcoming personal property
tax deadline, four county bonds on the Nov. 6 election ballot and the
results of this year’s youth survey. Links to topics mentioned in this
podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
Fairfax County residents who own vehicles should look for their personal property tax bill in the mail. The deadline to pay is Oct. 5. The most convenient way to pay is online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta. You may also pay in cash at your local Shoppers Food store in Northern Virginia. There will be a small service fee. For more information on your tax payment, call 703-222-8234.
When you turn on the TV these days, it’s hard to miss the fact that
there’s a presidential election going on — but you might not know that
there are four Fairfax County bond questions on the ballot too. When you
go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6, you’ll be asked to vote yes or no on
four separate bond questions that total $185 million. If a majority vote
yes, the county can then sell bonds to improve libraries, parks, public
safety buildings and stormwater infrastructure.
The county plans to use the $25 million library bond to renovate three
libraries: John Marshall, Pohick and Tysons-Pimmit. The Reston Regional
Library may be renovated or rebuilt.
With the money in the $75 million parks bond, the county plans to
improve community parks, buy land, renovate and expand existing
facilities, and fund the county’s contribution to the Northern Virginia
Regional Park Authority.
The public safety bond totals $55 million, and this money is intended
for rebuilding the Baileys Crossroads, Herndon and Jefferson fire
stations and renovating 22 courtrooms.
- And, finally, there is a $30 million stormwater bond. This money is primarily to be used to build a levee and pumping station to protect the Huntington neighborhood from floods.
What else should you know? The county’s bond program is designed so as not to increase your tax rate. Also, bond money can only be used for the reasons stated in the ballot question. It can’t be used for any other purpose. To get information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/bond.
Finally, the 2011-2012 School YearFairfax County Youth Surveyresults are now available, in a 24-minute Youth Survey Highlights Video that can be played on-demand, on the Youth Survey page as well as at Fairfax County library branches in late September. The Youth Survey is a comprehensive, anonymous and voluntary survey given each year to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12. It examines behaviors, experiences and other factors that influence the health and well-being of Fairfax County’s youth. The results provide a snapshot of the county’s youth and serve as a barometer of the community’s effectiveness fostering healthy choices in young people. The Youth Survey is a collaboration of Fairfax County Government and the Fairfax County Public Schools. Learn more at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/youthsurvey.
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.