FYI Alexandria - February 19, 2019

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City Manager Proposes Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

On February 19, City Manager Mark Jinks presented the Alexandria City Council with a proposed Fiscal Year 2020 General Fund Operating Budget of $761.1 million, which represents an increase of just 1.7% over the current year. The proposed budget includes $232.3 million in operating funds and for public schools (a 3.8%, or $8.5 million increase over FY 2019 funding) and invests $1.62 billion over 10 years in Alexandria’s Capital Improvement Program.

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Patrick Henry Recreation Center Opening Expo

The City invites the public to celebrate the opening of the new Patrick Henry Recreation Center (4653 Taney Ave.) on Saturday, February 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tour and test out the new center by participating in classes, fitness room and functional fitness demonstrations, or have fun in the soft play room. There is something for everyone: enjoy face painting, meet the staff and instructors, and register for summer camps. Ongoing class demonstrations will include yoga, boxing, creative arts, tumbling, martial arts, tai chi, basketball, performing arts, and more.

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1858 Prettyman Fire Hose Carriage Wins Top Prize

Thanks to the votes of Alexandria residents, employees and friends, the Friendship Firehouse Museum has won the $4,000 first-place grant in Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts Contest. In January, the Virginia Association of Museums invited the public to vote for their favorite artifacts. The two candidates receiving the most votes during this 10-day, crowdsourced competition were recognized as the People's Choice Awards and received $4,000 and $3,000, respectively, to conserve the artifacts and care for their continued preservation. 

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Nominations Sought for Local Environmental Leaders

The Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission and Alexandria Renew Enterprises are seeking nominees for the 11th Annual Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award, which recognizes members of the Alexandria community who demonstrate a commitment to protecting the environment and work to preserve local natural resources. The award honors the legacy of Ellen Pickering, a former City Council member, preservationist and conservationist whose accomplishments included assisting in the creation of the Mount Vernon Trail, advocating for the adoption of the City’s Open Space Plan, lobbying for the preservation of Founders Park, and serving on numerous City boards and commissions. Award nominations must be received by March 15.

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City Offers Free Tax Preparation to Eligible Residents

The City is offering free tax preparation to qualifying residents on Saturdays and Wednesdays from February 2 to April 13, at the Department of Community and Human Services (2525 Mt. Vernon Ave.). Taxpayers are eligible if their income is below approximately $35,000 for individuals and $55,000 for families. Expert volunteers from Community Tax Aid, Inc., will help participants apply for all applicable credits and deductions, especially the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit, which taxpayers often don’t realize they are eligible to receive. 

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Alexandria Summer Camp Registration

Let's have a Summer of Smiles! Registration is now open for summer camps offered by the City. With 75 camp options, there's something for every interest for ages 2 to 17, including sports, creative arts, computers, nature, performing arts, excursions, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Camp Adventure, Out of School Time and classic camps. For more information, visit

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