Fairfax County may soon have its own custom-designed license plates to bring in revenue for the World Police and Fire Games, which the county is set to host two years from now, and as a way to bolster its tourism budget afterward.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion Tuesday to petition the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles for the plates. Visit Fairfax, the convention and visitor bureau for the county - has been directed to come up with designs. Revenue from the $15 plates will assist in the World Police and Fire Games, which the County will host in 2015.
"I was proud to bring this initiative to the Board, it doesn’t cost the county a dime and it will reap rewards for years to come," said Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity. "It gives our citizens a low cost way to demonstrate pride in our community as well as support the World Police and Fire Games and our local tourism industry.”
Herrity, basing his estimates on population, said the tags will generate $250,000 a year in revenue. "For the following years this funding would be dedicated to tourism support and advertisement. In addition to generating revenue to support our tourism initiatives, this plate promotes pride in our community."
Visit Fairfax has agreed to collect the required 350 pre-paid applications for the plates.