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.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The Newton, Conn., shooting that killed 20 children has led Chairman Corey Stewart to nix his proposal to reassign middle school officers to other beats. On Tuesday, he proposed adding additional officers.
Due to the December shootings at Newtown, Conn., Chairman Corey Stewart on Tuesday reversed his prior proposal to reassign several school resource officers, and said the county should instead consider hiring additional officers. In October, Stewart had suggested shifting four of the county's five middle school resource officers back to patrol. He said at the time that the move would save the county $520,000. Last month, a gunman killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, including 20 children aged six and seven. "I think in light of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., it only makes sense to withdraw that proposal. In fact, I want to see if there might be ways to expand the SRO program, of course within our means," Stewart said at a …
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 …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart has proposed about $9.6 million in cuts to Prince William's fiscal year 2014 budget.
If Prince William County citizens want their taxes to stay flat, they're going to see some big cuts in the county's budget, particularly for social services, over the next year. That was Chairman Corey Stewart's recent message to members of the Board of County Supervisors. In a letter dated Nov. 15, Stewart recommended $9,654,148 in cuts for fiscal year 2014. Many of those cuts are aimed at social services, such as substance abuse treatment for inmates, health department funding and juvenile court services. "To get to a flat tax bill, the Board must cut $9,147,808 from the budget. The cuts I am proposing are slightly more than this to give room for Board discussion," Stewart wrote. Some of Stewart's proposed cuts include: To see a full …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
ICE will no longer fund the 287(g) program that allows local law enforcement to identify illegal immigrants and hand them over for deportation.
Prince William County's strict—and controversial—immigration policy has just been dealt a blow. Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart delivered a scathing rebuke of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Board meeting Tuesday, after he announced that ICE will no longer fund the 287(g) program that delegates immigration enforcement responsibilities to trained law enforcement officials. The program will expire on Dec. 31, 2012. Stewart—who is also a candidate for lieutenant governor—slammed the decision not to renew the program as political: "This administration is playing politics with your safety." "We have a duty to protect our citizens. If someone commits a crime and they’re here illegally, they …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Despite a number of positive developments in the county's real estate and jobs outlook, there's "rainclouds on the horizon," a county official said Tuesday.
Prince William's economic situation has improved since the worst days of the recession—but the county's dependence on employment from the federal government and contractors may pose challenges in the years ahead. Wages are up. Unemployment is down. Home values are rising, and Prince William housing is perhaps the most affordable in the region. But with sequestration and other changes from the federal government on the horizon, will the county have to make painful choices in the years ahead? That's what the Board of County Supervisors discussed Tuesday as Steven Solomon, director of finance, gave a presentation on Prince William's financial outlook, and potential "rainclouds on the horizon" in years ahead. Sequestration: What Happens in …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors passed a resolution to support a state constitutional amendment that places restrictions on the use of eminent domain.
On Tuesday, Prince William became the largest locality in Virginia—and the only one in Northern Virginia—to support a state constitutional amendment that would restrict the use of eminent domain. The Prince William Board of County Supervisors voted 7-1 on Tuesday to support the proposed Eminent Domain Amendment. Virginia voters will decide on Nov. 6 if the amendment should become law. If passed, it would prohibit governments from using eminent domain for private benefit or gain, increasing the number of jobs and tax revenue or economic development. Land could only be taken for a truly public use, such as road projects. "I know that it's possible that this could lead to increased costs as we construct our own roads and other …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The proposed amendment to the state's constitution would curb the use of eminent domain.
Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart wants Prince William to throw its support behind a proposed state constitutional amendment that would restrict the government's ability to take private property. On Nov. 6th, Virginia voters will vote on an amendment that would prohibit the use of eminent domain for the purpose of private gain, economic development, or increasing the number of jobs and tax revenue. Land could only be taken for a public use. Next week the Board of County Supervisors will vote on a resolution, introduced by Stewart, to formally support the amendment. "As local official, I am deeply aware of the danger eminent domain presents if not used in its proper role. By voting in favor of this constitutional …
Friday, September 21, 2012
"If hope and change means drastic cuts to the defense industry, and more than 200,000 jobs lost to Virginia, then Virginians hope we can return the change," Stewart said in a release.
Shortly after President Barack Obama finished speaking at a scheduled grassroots campaign stop today at Potomac Nationals' Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Prince William County BOCS Chairman Corey released a statement criticizing what he called Obama's "drastic cuts to the defense industry." "If hope and change means drastic cuts to the defense industry, and more than 200,000 jobs lost to Virginia, then Virginians hope we can return the change," Stewart said. "The only cuts in spending that President Obama has proposed will be crippling to our local economy and national defense." Stewart said he was part of a small counter-rally of 25 to 30 Republicans just outside of the stadium. Stewart's office said in a release that Pfitzner Stadium's …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Arizona policy has similar aspects of Prince William County legislation.
Chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors Corey Stewart is happy with the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a portion of a controversial immigration law in Arizona. While the court struck down other provisions of the Arizona S.B. 1070 law, it upheld the constitutionality of one key provision: that law enforcement officers can check the immigration status of people they stop. In a press release, Stewart’s office said that portion of the law was “modeled after immigration policy enacted in Prince William County in 2007.” “I am thrilled to see the high court uphold common sense legislation that will help protect the citizens of Arizona just as it has done for us,” said Stewart in a prepared statement. “Since Prince William …