Thursday, February 14, 2013
The $969.7 million plan calls for millions in new spending for police officers, public safety.
Do you agree with the proposed budget? Tell us in the comments section. County executive Melissa Peacor on Tuesday proposed a fiscal year 2014 budget that would include a 4 percent average hike in Prince William County residential tax bills, despite a lower rate of taxation. The proposed $969.7 million budget and the five-year capital improvement plan would provide millions in new funding for public safety—including more police officers to keep up with population growth and new school resource officers. The county would pay for this through revenue projected to rise from sales, residential and commercial tax bases. The average residential tax bill would be $3,661. Fire and Rescue would get $1.3 million to staff a ladder truck on the …
Friday, January 25, 2013
The county will explore the possibility of one day sharing a firing range with the FBI and the City of Manassas.
It's still unclear where the FBI will move its headquarters, but Prince William County may have a shot at sharing a firing range with the federal agency and the City of Manassas. The Board of County Supervisors on Tuesday directed County Executive Melissa Peacor to explore the possibility of a shared firing range between the FBI, the county and the City of Manassas. The new range, if approved by the supervisors, would likely be constructed at county-owned land in Nokesville. The existing range is over 18 years old and was not designed for use as a rifle range. Documents posted on the county website indicate that the FBI would pay $150,000 for a master plan study to determine the feasibility of a new shared site. The City of Manassas has…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Board of County Supervisors cut two printed newsletters, voted to focus resources on online communication.
Prince William County will shift its methods of communication with taxpayers to match the changing times, with staff members publishing more information online and less in printed newsletters. The Board of County Supervisors unanimously voted on Tuesday to reduce the number of printed newsletters it produces each year, and use the savings to spend on staff members who can instead publish information on the county's website and via social media. County Executive Melissa Peacor said that the intent was to provide information more quickly during emergencies and other time-sensitive cases. "Never in my life did I think we'd have an earthquake, but during an emergency situation, online media is really the only way we can communicate," Peacor …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Chairman Corey Stewart delivered the annual 'State of the County' address on Tuesday.
Friday, January 11
Watch the video above to see Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart deliver the annual 'State of the County' address. How has Prince William County fared over the last year? Tell us your opinion in the comments.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Auditors had questioned the wisdom of the move, saying it would undermine the independence of future audits.
Members of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors voted on Tuesday to scrap the county's internal auditing department and hire an outside contractor to do the bulk of future work. The supervisors voted 6-1 in favor of the move to outsource the work to a national firm, McGladrey, and maintain just one staff member to oversee the outside auditors. Audits will be approved by the Board on a case-by-case basis, which the supervisors expect to save the county money. The move had stirred up some controversy this week, after the Washington Post published a memo from the audit department early this week that was critical of the move. The decision comes at the same time as the supervisors discuss ideas on how to cut millions from the …
Monday, September 17, 2012
The next meeting is Sept. 25.
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors have canceled their Tuesday meeting. An official cancellation notice was posted on the county website. Last week, among other items, the board declared September 2012 National Preparedness Month, the county and Service Authority entered into a multimillion dollar contract and voted on the social services budget. The next regularly scheduled meeting is Sept. 25. Related News: September is National Preparedness Month County, Service Authority Enter into Multimillion Dollar Agreement Doc Drop: Board to Vote on Social Services Budget
Monday, June 18, 2012
Elements will guide the Strategic Plan Team in the development of community outcomes and strategies, county government said.
Prince William County is a "community of choice with a strong, diverse, economic base, where people choose to live and work and businesses choose to locate." That's according to the working vision statement of the 2013-2016 strategic goals plan team. To learn more about the 2013-2016 Four-Year Strategic Plan—which considers goals for providing infrastructure, economic development, public safety, quality education and human services to the county—attend the public hearing Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the McCoart Building at 1 County Complex Road in Woodbridge. The Board of County Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the following items:
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Board of County Supervisors can only use discretionary funds for office purposes.
Board of County Supervisors unanimously voted to eliminate the use of discretionary board funds for non-office purposes. Gainesville district supervisor Pete Candland, who spearheaded the proposal with the aid of Occoquan district supervisor Mike May, said in the meeting the proposal does not reduce the amount of money appropriated to office accounts for expenditures. The motion also does not limit a supervisor for serving their constituents, impact employees or restrict salary and benefit payments; or allowing a supervisor to buy a ticket to an event. Get daily and breaking news email updates from Woodbridge Patch by signing up for newsletters. Learn more here. Supervisors and the chairman will not be able to donate to non-profit …
If passed, supervisors won't be able to decide where extra money can be spent.
Pending a vote on Tuesday, how the Board of County Supervisors uses district office funds, also known as discretionary or "slush" funds, could be very different. Each supervisor is allocated money to pay for office expenses and to hire staff, but as the policy stands now, the supervisor can use leftover money for other purposes. The excess money is frequently used as donation for nonprofit causes in the county. Freshman supervisor Pete Candland (R-Gainesville) has spearheaded the effort on banning the use of discretionary funds. On May 15, Candland proposed a resolution to ban the use of “slush funds” in the offices of county supervisors In his e-newsletter, Candland proposed that any leftover money in the discretionary column be given …
Thursday, July 14, 2011
May currently serves as the Occoquan District Supervisor.
The following is an excerpt from a prepared statement released by Alyssa Brown with Occoquan District Supervisor Mike May's office: "Supervisor May will officially kick-off his re-election campaign focusing on the issues that matter most to the community: protecting quality of life, keeping families safe, improving transportation, keeping taxes low and our county budget under control, and promoting transparency in local government." The kickoff will be July 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Occoquan Town Hall at 314 Mill Street.