FY 2013 Budget Update
The Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to adopt a $587.9 million General Fund Operating Budget for the fiscal year (FY) beginning July 1, 2012. The calendar year 2012 real estate tax rate remains unchanged at 99.8 cents per $100 of assessed value. The average homeowner’s taxes will increase by $52, or 1.2%, due to increased property values. The City’s real property tax rate remains the second lowest for residential properties and the lowest for commercial properties among major jurisdictions in Northern Virginia. The FY 2013 budget maintains the City’s core services, restores some service cuts proposed by the City Manager and made in FY 2012 and previous years, and helps fill some funding gaps left by cuts in federal and state funding.
Green Building Policy Update
In April 2009, the City Council adopted a green building policy that set the standard for green building in future development projects. With the adoption of this policy, the City memorialized its expectation for green buildings and provided developers with that information at an early point in the development process. The policy encourages LEED Certified or equivalent for residential developments and LEED Silver or equivalent for non-residential developments. The attached report shows the policy’s progress since its adoption. At this time, 27 projects have been reviewed; of these, 18 committed to complying with the policy and obtaining a third-party green building certification.
Expanded Trolley Service Public Information Meeting
The Department of Transportation and Environmental Services (T&ES) will hold a public information session on expanding trolley service. The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cora Kelly Elementary School Library, 3600 Commonwealth Ave. At this meeting, T&ES will present route alignment alternatives to Del Ray and Arlandria, discuss naming of the trolley service, and talk about the hours and days of operation. After the meeting, residents will have an opportunity to ride one of the City’s new trolleys along Mount Vernon Avenue. The approval of this new trolley service will come to Council in June for authorization. A Request for Proposals would be issued for this contracted-out service, with service likely to start in the fall.
City to Promote “Take 25” Campaign
On May 25, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children will be promoting the “Take 25” campaign by visiting the Alexandria Library. Take 25 is a national safety campaign that encourages parents and guardians to take 25 minutes out of their day to talk to their children and teens about safety issues. Mayor Euille will proclaim May 25 as “Missing Children’s Day” in Alexandria.
Virginia Department of Historic Resources Holds Public Hearing on Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Register Nominations
The Virginia Department of Historic Resources will hold a Public Information Hearing to discuss the proposed Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery nomination to the state and national registers in Alexandria. The Public Hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Lloyd House, 220 S. Washington St. Public comment regarding the proposal will be taken at the time of the hearing or can be sent to: Director Kathleen Kilpatrick, VA Department of Historic Resources, 2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221. At the City’s request, this proposal has been recommended eligible for the Virginia Landmarks and National Register. Proposals will be presented to the State Review Board and the Historic Resources Board in Richmond on June 21. For a copy of the proposal and/or a boundary map, contact Marc Wagner, VA Department of Historic Resources, 804.482.6099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Construction Work Scheduled at Windmill Hill Park Basketball Court
As part of the City’s Fiscal Year 2012 Capital Improvement Program, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will resurface and color coat the basketball court at Windmill Hill Park, 501 S. Union St. The work is scheduled for May 10-June 8. The courts will be repaved during the first week. Following repaving, the court surface will be allowed to cure approximately two weeks. During the third and fourth week, the courts will be colored and lined. Minor site work will adjust the goals to the industry standard height and ensure smooth transitions to existing grade. The court will be open to the public during the two-week curing period. During construction, some parking along Gibbon Street will be reserved for construction equipment. Residents will see equipment in use and crews at work during the daytime. For additional information contact Beth Carton at 703.746.5492 (Virginia Relay 711) or email@example.com.