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