News to Use Podcast Transcript: Feb. 20, 2013
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for
February 20, 2013. Coming up, learn about the upcoming county budget
and tax relief, the annual seedling sale, rain barrels and accessible
Board of Supervisors meetings. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast
can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
Fairfax County Executive Ed Long presents his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014 and his budget plan for Fiscal Year 2015 to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at approximately 10:45 a.m. at the regularly scheduled board meeting. The meeting will be in the Board Auditorium of the Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax. The budget presentation will be streamed live on Channel 16 and a link to the broadcast can be found on the county home page at www.fairfaxcounty.gov. Highlights will also be sent out via Twitter. The public can ask the county executive questions about his proposed budget on Thursday, Feb. 28, during the Ask Fairfax online chat scheduled for 9:30 a.m. All information and the online chat transcript will be archived at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/budget.
Fairfax County has many resources available to assist residents with federal, state and local taxes. For more information, including tax relief available to older adults and people with disabilities, look for the tax resource link on the county home page at www.fairfaxcounty.gov or call the Department of Tax Administration at 703-222-8234, TTY 711, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Many of us have lost trees or shrubs in windstorms, heavy rains and snows. This year's native seedling sale will help you restore beauty to your landscape. It offers a mix of sturdy trees that can withstand heavy storms and some of our region's most beautiful native trees and shrubs. Trees and shrubs help cleanse water, prevent soil erosion, provide habitat, cool our climate and clean our air. Order now to reserve your package for pickup in late April. Order online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/seedlingsale.htm. That address again is www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/seedlingsale.htm.
Did you know that installing a rain barrel or multiple rain barrels attached to residential down spouts is a way to conserve and reuse water and prevent water pollution? Rain barrels can save you money on water bills by capturing and using the stormwater runoff from a roof for watering lawns and gardens. Rain barrels are easy to install for most people who have some basic skills with tools. A correctly installed rain barrel can hold 55 gallons of water. Rain barrels help recharge ground water naturally, improve water quality by reducing stormwater runoff, prevent pollution that damages the Chesapeake Bay and save thousands of gallons of water annually. To learn more about rain barrels and rain barrel do-it-yourself workshops in Fairfax County, see the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation website, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/nvswcd/rainbarrels.htm, or call the Stormwater Planning Division at 703-324-5500, TTY 711.
Finally, Board of Supervisors meetings are more accessible with the addition of new video capabilities. Viewers can now keyword search archived meetings and navigate directly to specific board meeting agenda items. The video link launches a separate split-screen window, with video to the left and the meeting agenda to the right. Clicking on an individual agenda item makes the video jump to that portion of the meeting. The most recent meetings are added on the Thursday following each board meeting. A separate live video stream is also available during the meeting. On-demand video of all 2013 and 2012 board meetings is available online. In addition to video, Board of Supervisors meeting materials are archived, including the meeting summary, podcast audio, news and board presentations. Additional short-form videos are available on the county's YouTube channel at youtube.com/fairfaxcountygov.
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.