Articles by: Penny Gross
Penny Gross is the Mason District Supervisor in the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She may be e-mailed at mason@fairfaxcounty.gov

A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 10, 2016 10:24 AM0 comments

Budget: Part IV – Last week’s budget debate to advertise a tax rate, as required by law, was highly unusual for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. As described in last week’s column, board members voted on three separate motions for tax rates, finally agreeing to advertise the four-cent tax […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 3, 2016 10:55 AM0 comments

Budget – Part III: Last week’s joint budget meeting between the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County School Board was civil, but hardly cordial, as school board members lectured Supervisors about school needs, and Supervisors parried with all the other community needs that also are funded by […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 25, 2016 10:31 AM0 comments

Budget: Part II – Last week’s release of Fairfax County’s proposed FY 2017 budget set the stage for community discussions about county priorities, how to fund them, and by how much. County Executive Ed Long was very direct when he cautioned that the short-term outlook for funding schools and county […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 18, 2016 10:04 AM0 comments

Fairfax County Executive Edward L. Long, Jr. presented his proposed county budget for Fiscal Year 2017 on Tuesday, and there were few surprises. The proposed budget reflects a continuing tight economic situation in Fairfax County, mirroring the continuing effects of the Great Recession. Fairfax County continues to recover slowly from […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 11, 2016 10:31 AM0 comments

A few remnants of the “Snowzilla” blizzard remain in parking lots and at intersections, but the discussion about the storm and its aftermath still dominates conversations. At last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Chairman Sharon Bulova announced plans for a “snow summit,” to be held on Tuesday, March 1, during […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 4, 2016 10:30 AM0 comments

The aftermath of Winter Storm Jonas elicited many concerns, some expected and some unexpected. Snow, and where to put it, of course, was the subject of most discussions. Plow drivers have few options when it comes to dealing with 24 to 30 inches of snow. The Virginia Department of Transportation […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 28, 2016 10:27 AM0 comments

The snow hanging off the roof defies gravity. How long can it teeter on the edge without crashing to the deck below? 40 hours so far… This historic blizzard reminded me of the January 1966 storm that also shut down the region. As young college graduates in our first Capitol […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 21, 2016 10:41 AM0 comments

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors began its “LOBs” review on Tuesday, the first of many day-long budget meetings that will examine what the county does, and how well it is done. LOBs stands for Lines of Business, and the LOBs exercise is the first step in a multi-year process […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 14, 2016 10:09 AM0 comments

In 2008, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors endorsed a ten-year plan to end homelessness in the county. The Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH) was created to reach goals set forth in the plan, and a governing board was appointed to expand the reach into the non-profit community […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 7, 2016 10:38 AM0 comments

The New Year also signals the beginning of a new term for the Board of Supervisors, which includes, for the first time in nearly seven years, new members. Kathy Smith (D-Sully) and Dan Storck (D-Mt. Vernon) were elected in November to succeed retiring members Mike Frey and Gerry Hyland who, […]

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