FYI Alexandria - May 8, 2019

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City Council Adopts Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

On May 1, the Alexandria City Council unanimously adopted a Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 General Fund Operating Budget of $761.5 million, which represents an increase of just 1.75% over the current year. The approved budget includes $231.7 million in operating funds for public schools (a 3.5%, or $7.8 million increase over FY 2019 funding), and invests $1.62 billion over 10 years in Alexandria's Capital Improvement Program. FY 2020 begins on July 1, 2019, and ends June 30, 2020.

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Bike to Work Day 2019

On Friday, May 17, residents and City employees are encouraged to join thousands of area commuters in celebrating Bike to Work Day, an event that promotes bicycling as an eco-friendly, fun, and healthy way to get to work. Register today for activities at one of five local "pit stops" for this free event.

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Solarize Alexandria Helps Residents, Businesses Go Solar

Solarize Alexandria, the program designed to make it easier and more affordable for residents and business owners to install solar power systems on Alexandria properties, is holding its fifth annual campaign through June 14. Learn more about solar power options for your home or business. The program provides a free solar site assessment; discount pricing through bulk purchasing; project facilitation and qualified installation; financing and federal tax incentive options; and qualification for the City's Solar Energy Equipment Tax Exemption. A new addition to this year's program is the option to purchase a level 2 electric vehicle charging station for your home or business.

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City Hosts Presentation on Suicide Risks and Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide was responsible for nearly 45,000 American deaths in 2016, with approximately one death occurring every 12 minutes. Learn about this growing public health problem at a presentation, "Suicide Risks and Prevention Across the Lifespan," on Wednesday, May 8, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Minnie Howard Campus of T.C. Williams High School. Hear from Congressman Don Beyer, moderator, and a panel of mental health experts.

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Be Prepared for Hurricane Season!

Hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through November 30. Are you ready? The best way to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property is to prepare now. Make a family emergency plan, an emergency communications plan, and a basic emergency kit. In addition, residents and businesses should learn if they are in an evacuation area; assess their risks; and determine if their property is vulnerable to storm surge, flooding and intense wind.

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This is Recovery

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. One in five people will be affected by mental health issues in their lifetime—but there is hope. Watch "This is Recovery," a 14-minute video featuring men and women across Northern Virginia who share their stories of recovery to help others who are dealing with similar challenges.

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