Board of Supervisors Meeting Podcast Transcript: Jan. 12, 2009


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Welcome to the podcast of meeting highlights for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting on January 12, 2009.

 

  • At the Board's organizational first meeting of the year, Vice Chairman Sharon Bulova was chosen vice chairman, and members of the Board were appointed to interjurisdictional committees and inter- and intra- governmental boards and committees for calendar year 2009.


  • The Board approved the meeting schedule for calendar year 2009. 


  • The Board noted that Fairfax County has retained its AAA credit rating from all three rating agencies – Moody’s Investors Service, Standard & Poor’s Corporation and Fitch Ratings. Each of the rating agencies reported that the county’s outlook was stable, meaning that despite the recent decline in assessed values, the agencies consider the impact to be well within the county’s ability to continue to provide essential services and ensure payments to bondholders. The county’s self-imposed financial and debt management guidelines were mentioned as strengths by all three ratings services.


  • The Board approved a letter to the VA Dept. of Transportation emphasizing its concerns regarding the reductions to interstate, primary and public transportation projects.


  • The Board approved a "Smart Savings" initiative which would empower a joint Board and School Board committee to review overlap and efficiencies between government and schools.


  • The Board accepted the quarterly status report on operations that was prepared by the Office of Financial and Programs Auditor.  It showed significant ways that the county has brought in additional revenue, noting the recent increase of Connector bus fares, efforts to collect sales tax that has been improperly paid to other jurisdictions and the ongoing use of county and not state codes when the police issue traffic violations.


  • The Board directed staff to work with the county's delegation to seek legislation from the General Assembly that would allow Fairfax County to retain zoning control over farm wineries and impose reasonable limitations and conditions on them to minimize adverse impacts on surrounding properties from such use.  

                                   

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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