Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The $250,000 needed for the unit has been reinstated to the county's FY2013 budget.
The Fairfax County Police Department’s Marine Patrol Unit will live to see another day. Funding for the two officers who patrol Fairfax County’s marinas and nearly 100 miles of shoreline was originally cut from the county’s fiscal year 2013 budget, but the $250,000 needed for the unit was reinstated during a Tuesday mark-up session. The officers’ primary patrol areas include the Occoquan/Belmont Bay, Pohick Bay, Little Hunting Creek, Dogue Creek and Belle Haven. They also patrol Lake Braddock and Lake Barcroft. The unit conducts checkpoints for alcohol-impaired boaters during busy seasons with other local law enforcement, and assists in search and rescue missions. They also provide safety and equipment checks for local boaters. Mount …
Friday, April 20, 2012
County budget cuts $250,000 for two marine patrol officers.
Fairfax County’s 100 miles of shoreline could soon be without law enforcement if funding for the Fairfax County Police Department’s Marine Patrol is not reinstated. Outgoing County Executive Anthony Griffin’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget cuts $650,000 from the police department, $250,000 of which funds two officers who staff the "Fairfax County Navy.” The FCPD Marine Patrol Unit’s primary patrol areas include the Occoquan/Belmont Bay, Pohick Bay, Little Hunting Creek, Dogue Creek and Belle Haven. They also patrol Lake Braddock and Lake Barcroft. Mount Vernon Supervisor Gerry Hyland has fought for continued marine patrol funding in the past, and this year is no exception. “The elimination of the Marine Patrol would eliminate two police officer …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Three town hall meetings on the proposed FY2013 budget are scheduled in the Braddock District.
County Executive Tony Griffin presented the county's FY2013 proposed budget to the Board of Supervisors on February 28. There are currently 11 town hall meetings scheduled for community comment on the budget. Three are in the Braddock District. They are: The proposed $6.7 billion budget provides taxpayers with no new services, gives the schools less than they requested, eliminates the police cadet program, and leaves the property tax rate at $1.07 per $100 of assessed value. The average homeowner will pay nearly $34 more, however, because the mean assessed value of homes has risen.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
$6.7 billion budget includes 2.18 percent pay increase for county employees.
Fairfax County Executive Anthony Griffin answered questions regarding the proposed fiscal 2013 county budget during an online chat with residents Wednesday. The $6.7 billion budget – a 6 percent increase from last year – includes an almost 2.2 percent pay increase for county employees. The increase is the first in two years and was achieved through diligence and management of vacant positions, Griffin said. “I am grateful that we can start recognizing this effort in FY 2013 with a 2.18 percent market rate adjustment (MRA) and by maintaining our commitment to our retirement and health benefit packages,” he said. The budget does not restore any previously cut programs, including the county’s bike program. The proposed budget does eliminate …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Fairfax County Public Schools will received less than requested.
The Fairfax County chief executive Tuesday morning proposed a $6.7 billion budget that provides taxpayers with no new services, gives the schools less than they requested and the property tax — the county's chief source of money — remains unchanged. However, the average homeowner will pay nearly $34 a year more because the value of homes has increased. County Executive Anthony H. Griffin's proposed budget kicks off the county's annual budget season. The Board of Supervisors also got first glimpse of the County's proposed 2013 budget when County Executive Anthony Griffin presented it this morning. The supervisors will approve a budget the end of April. Now citizens get a chance to comment in a series of public meetings scheduled for March …