Editorial: Fund Balance Lunacy

May 6, 2015 7:30 PM4 comments

The latest annual budget round is completed, and the results have limited the real estate tax rate to a single penny while the City schools received what they asked for. Now is the time for some reflection, action and reform. Here are two good ideas: 1. The City’s current fund […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

7:03 PM1 comment

A few weeks ago, the General Assembly wrapped up the two-day reconvene session to take action on the Governor’s amendments and vetoes. I am happy to report that all of Governor McAuliffe’s 17 vetoes were sustained and the Legislature was able to find common ground on many other issues—ultimately passing […]

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Our Man in Arlington

7:01 PM0 comments

To report on Arlington’s present this week would mean mentioning that crews completed demolition of the half-century-old “Blue Goose” office building at Fairfax Drive and N. Glebe Road. That not-exactly-quaint blue-paneled high-rise was used for decades by the CIA and the Federal Aviation Administration before Marymount University took it over […]

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Guest Commentary: F.C. Budget Provides a Call to Action for All Citizens

April 30, 2015 10:34 AM11 comments

A round of applause! Falls Church has a FY2016 budget. It took sweat, disagreement and compromise. Some say we failed because the tax rate did not remain flat. Others worry that we are not raising enough for future capital needs. I’m calling it a success, with room for improvement in […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

9:16 AM0 comments

“Annandale Road is a mess. Fix it!” “Old Columbia Pike has deteriorated to the point of uselessness. Fix it!” “My driveway apron is crumbling. Fix it!” “I hit a pothole and now my car needs repair. Who’s going to pay for that?” These are samples of the pleas I receive […]

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Editorial: The F.C. Budget Comes Out Right

April 29, 2015 8:39 PM5 comments

Maybe it’s just the way the process is structured, but seems to us unnecessary and even tragic that a small community like the City of Falls Church needs to be torn asunder every spring in the budget cycle by what comes down to very small sums of money, in a […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 28, 2015 2:02 PM0 comments

Last week’s county board decision to ax the Artisphere means that Arlington’s in-flux Rosslyn neighborhood will lose the arts but retain the sphere. The demise of the edgy-urbane arts palace, effective June 30 after four-and-a-half years of hemorrhaging $15 million of taxpayer money, is a victory for the recently surging […]

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Guest Commentary: Can Falls Church Help Address Global Warming?

April 23, 2015 11:14 AM0 comments

By Tim Stevens The changes we are making to our climate stand as a huge worldwide challenge. If we fail to address this challenge, we will significantly jeopardize the happiness and health (maybe even the survival) of future generations, according to nearly all climate scientists. The solution seems easy – […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

10:01 AM0 comments

The annual budget exercise for Fairfax County is nearly over. Tuesday’s mark-up session focused on investing in Fairfax County with a budget made very tight by a soft commercial property market and increasing demands for services. Under Chairman Bulova’s leadership, the Board approved a responsible budget package that retains the […]

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Editorial: Is There Virtue In Falls Church?

April 22, 2015 7:18 PM4 comments

It comes down to this on the eve of the final vote on the Fiscal Year 2016 budget for the City operations and schools for the year beginning July 1: There is going to be a one-cent increase in the real estate tax rate, such that the schools will be […]

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