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Fairfax Officials to Vote on Silver Line Tuesday

Public hearings on fiscal year 2013 budget, tax rate and potential movement on county executive search during the April 10 Board of Supervisors meeting.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on the county’s participation in Phase II of the Dulles Metrorail project.

Anthony Griffin, later this month, is recommending the board while remaining vigilant in its pursuit of additional funding for the $2.7 billion extension. Failure to participate could mean significant changes to the direction of the project.

Some Fairfax County residents think the project is too expensive, and are worried about drastic increases on the Dulles Toll Road, which is funding much of the project.

The Virginia State Senate included $300 million in its budget specifically for Metrorail, but the Washington Post reports the money was removed during budget negotiations this past weekend.

The board will also vote on the approval of recommended station names for the names of Silver Line stations coming to Fairfax County. Residents deemed previously recommended names too confusing, so the county opened the matter up for public input and received more than 16,000 survey responses about station names.

Planning Name Previous Recommendation Staff Recommendation Tysons East Tysons East-McLean McLean Tysons Central 123 Tysons I & II Tysons Corner Tysons Central 7 Tysons Central Greensboro Park Tysons West Tysons-Spring Hill Road Spring Hill Wiehle Avenue Reston-Wiehle Avenue Wiehle-Reston East Reston Parkway Reston Town Center Reston Town Center Herndon-Monroe Herndon-Reston West Herndon Route 28 Herndon-Dulles East

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County Fiscal Year 2013 Budget

Tuesday afternoon, the board will hold a public hearing on the fiscal year 2013 budget and a separate hearing on the effective tax rate increase. (A video Q&A with Griffin on his proposed budget is available in the media box above.)

The current rate is $1.07 per $100 assessed value, but the county has been advertising an increase of one cent to $1.08.

The tax rate hearing is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and the budget hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday. Two more budget hearings are scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the Board Auditorium in Fairfax County Government Center.

Patch will be at this week's board meeting and will also be covering all public hearings live, so be sure to check back for full coverage throughout this week.

Is the County Executive Search Over?

Finally, the Washington Post reported Saturday the board has settled on a successor for Griffin come his retirement at the end of April. According to a document obtained by the Post, the board plans to appoint Edward Long Jr., a former deputy county executive and chief financial officer, and could do so as early as the Tuesday meeting.

Board Chairman Sharon Bulova would not confirm or deny the reports, according to the Post.

Click here if you wish to speak at any of this week's hearings.

The full agenda for the Fairfax County board's April 10 meeting can be found here.

Rob Whitfield April 10, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Michael Longhi, the Fairfax County Auditor, today indicated that he continues to monitor Phase 1 construction and the potential for cost overruns but the Board has not yet asked him to provide any evaluation of Phase 2 costs and risks. Mr. Longhi in a 2010 report outlined concerns about the failure of the 2009 Dulles Toll Road Traffic and Revenue study by CDM Smith (then known as Wilbur Smith) to properly evaluate potential traffic volume changes which will result from the advent of rail. I suggest strongly that the Fairfax County Board defer action on Phase 2 and ask Mr. Longhi to investigate the Phase 2 issues and report to the Board within the next 60 days. There has never been a public process, hearing or referendum to evaluate and approve a change in the Dulles Rail capital funding plan from the one outlined in the 2004 Final Environmental Impact Statement. Consider, how would residents of Fairfax, Annandale and Springfield react if, without a public hearing, the Board approved at the behest of an unelected, unaccountable authority comprised mostly of board members from outside Virginia, tolls of $10 or more each way on Braddock Road, Little River Turnpike and Route 50 to pay for trolleys on Columbia Pike and Route 7? If the Board approves Phase 2 without waiting for most facts and figures such as ridership forecasts and economic impacts of toll increases on Dulles Corridor residents and businesses, then certain Supervisors should be recalled from office.
Kathy April 10, 2012 at 02:02 AM
I was told by the Fairfax County attorney's office that the county supervisors cannot be recalled. That was when I inquired a while back. Kathy Kaplan
Burt Rosenberg April 10, 2012 at 09:25 AM
This vote by the Fairfax Board of Supervisors must NOT take place in such a rushed manner. The proposed funding is totally unacceptable, particularly because of the exorbitant, unconscionable tolls on theToll Road. We must not be a cash cow, sheep to be shorn, for this project. Go back to the drawing board, if necessary, but do not let this monstrosity pass as currently proposed.
John Farrell April 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM
See Va. Code § 24.2-233 http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+24.2-233
Terry Maynard April 10, 2012 at 02:26 PM
For Reston 2020's last attempt to persuade the Board of the costs to toll road users of re-affirming their commitment to the current Phase 2 funding arrangement, see this: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwmHIwRgx6DTVjBNbzhqaXlTVml1WVlmMU1sV2dRQQ/edit

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