Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeffrey C. McKay joined County Executive Bryan Hill on the February episode of the “Connect with County Leaders” podcast to share his vision for the future of Fairfax County. They discussed the new Board of Supervisors, the importance of regionalism and Census 2020.
McKay also covered some of his priorities as he begins his chairmanship of the board, including One Fairfax, regionalism, affordable housing, the environment, education and economic development.
Highlights include McKay discussing:
Fairfax County’s reputation:
“I’m always amazed and happy to see people come to this area from another area and really realize the richness of culture that we have, the quality of county government that we have, the opportunities that we have the present to people.”
The new Board of Supervisors members, whose terms began Jan. 1:
“If you look at our new board members, clearly all of them have been heavily involved in various ways in the county for a long time. And so we really as a board, could hit the ground running.”
“The next four years are going to be very exciting. Our reputation of being an exceptionally well-managed county government, who takes very seriously the responsibility we have at budget time to balance the needs of the entire county, but to do that, in a responsible way. That reputation of excellence will not change. And so while our priorities in some areas might adjust to today’s reality, and to this new board, the fundamentals of the county aren’t going to change.”
The upcoming Census, when it will be crucial to ensure all residents are counted since each person not counted could cost the county approximately $1,200 in federal funding:
“I think when people hear that [$1,200] their jaw drops a little bit, because it’s a lot of money, especially when you compound that over a period of time, you’re talking about a potential loss of a lot of federal resources. And of course, the other utilities of the census are for setting magisterial district numbers, setting our representatives in Congress. Those are the population numbers that are used to set the political stage and make sure that areas are adequately and fairly represented.”
The county’s strategic plan:
“I look at the strategic planning exercise very similar to our budget process in the sense that this is a document the county executive is giving to us. He’s collaborated with a lot of people in advance.”
“To me, it means what I have always done in office, which is in every decision that is put in front of us, intentionally ask yourself if that decision is being fair and equitable to all county residents. And what that really means to me is everything from where we put a bus stop to are we serving the right population? Are we giving the right access? Are we making sure everybody has a chance to take public transit? All the way up to how I vote on the budget.”
“This is the crisis of our time. Fairfax County alone cannot solve our climate problems, we have to be part of a collaborative that does. And most importantly, we have to set a standard for our residents, set a standard for our business community, set a standard for the private sector to follow.”
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