Board of Supervisors Meeting Podcast Transcript: April 30, 2013


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Welcome to the podcast of meeting highlights for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting on April 30, 2013.

The Board designated the following special days, weeks and months in Fairfax County:

  • May 12-18 as Police Week and May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.

  • May 5-11 as Child Care Professionals Week.

  • May as Older Americans Month.

  • May 6-10 as Teacher Appreciation Week.

  • May as Parents Who Host Lose the Most Month.

  • May as Foster Care and Foster Family Recognition Month.

  • May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month.

  • May 6-12 as Nurses Week.

  • May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.


  • May as Building Safety Month. In conjunction with this action, the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services presented its annual Building Safety Community Partnership Award to the Reston Accessibility Committee. The group was given the award for promoting safe access to buildings for people with physical disabilities.


  • The Board formally adopted the FY 2014 budget.  On April 23, the Board marked up the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014, which begins on July 1, 2013. The final, adopted budget includes a real estate tax rate of $1.085 per $100 of assessed value, which is a one cent increase from the $1.075 rate in FY 2013, but less than the 2-cent increase proposed by the county executive.  The tax rate increase equals $20.6 million in revenue, primarily to fund increases to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and public safety.  The FY 2014 plan adopted by the Board provides for a balanced budget based on a General Fund Revenue increase of 2.47 percent from the FY 2013 Adopted Budget Plan. General Fund Disbursements are projected to increase 1.37 percent from the FY 2013 Adopted Budget Plan.  The county transfer to support FCPS operations reflects an increase of 2 percent over the FY 2013 level. The FY 2014 Budget does not include compensation increases for Fairfax County government employees, with the exception of longevity increases for public safety employees necessary to maintain their salary scales. 

 

  • The Board adopted the proposed Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2014. The plan contains the proposed uses of funding for programs to be implemented in the fourth year of the Five-Year Consolidated Plan for FY 2011-2015. An annual action plan is required by HUD for the four federal programs: Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships Program, Emergency Solutions Grant, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS. In addition, the document describes the Continuum of Care services and programs for people who are homeless in the Fairfax community, and the Consolidated Community Funding Pool.

 

  • The Board approved a parking reduction for a 2.51-acre parcel within Reston Town Center.  The proposed mixed-use development consists of 359 multi-family dwelling units in a 15-story building with shopping and restaurant uses on the ground floor. The site is approximately 600 feet from the Reston Town Center Transit Station and about a half mile from the future Reston Town Center Metrorail Station.

 

  • The Board authorized staff to file comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Improve 9-1-1 Reliability.  The comments advocate that the FCC impose reliability requirements and require reporting and certification regarding audits of 9-1-1 circuits to ensure sufficient circuit diversity, adequate backup power for central offices, and robust monitoring capabilities. The comments also propose stronger rules regarding notification about outages.  Shortly after the Derecho storm on June 29, 2012, caused the longest and most severe 9-1-1 outage in Fairfax County’s history, the FCC solicited public comment on the background, causes, and restoration efforts related to facilities and services that are used to provide 9-1-1 service. Along with the extensive comments filed by the County in August 2012, these comments approved today address the general needs Fairfax County sees as paramount to ensuring that adequate and reliable 9-1-1 service is available to the public.

 

  • The Board approved a memorandum of understanding and authorized the joint filing, with the City of Falls Church, of proposed voluntary boundary adjustments for review and recommendation by the Virginia Commission on Local Government.


That’s all for this podcast of meeting highlights for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, thanks for listening.

For more information about the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, including full meeting minutes and documents, visit the county Web site: www.fairfaxcounty.gov

This podcast is produced by the Fairfax County, VA, government.


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