Chairman Bulova Delivers State of the County Address

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from the fairfax county governments that
the state of the carrier
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of the fairfax county board of supervisors
good evening and for joining me today
and a look ahead at what is happening in fairfax county
when I was first elected chairman in February of last year
we're in the midst of a severe economic breakdown that was affecting fairfax county
we were struggling at the time and we continue to struggle
the falling property values and revenues
that we've relied upon to provide county services
that might swearing in ceremony and said
fairfax county is an exceptional place to live work
raise their families they grow older comfortably
if I were to sum up that cloture a fairfax I would say we are engaged
we're created and Paul we're problem solvers
where volunteers and advocates
it is our nature
and their culture to put back into where community
and I am convinced that
by working together
we will come through these difficult times
without sacrificing the quality of life
that we value
and in fact by adopting improvements in fishing season innovations
that will put us in a better place than before
I said the it is important that we've remained hopeful and remember
the darkest hour is just before dawn
these words rang true as airport adopted a budget for fiscal year two thousand eleven
which began on July first
the adopted but if it closed a projected shortfall of two hundred and fifty seven million dollars
cause primarily by
he continued to fall in residential
and commercial property values
well an editorial in the Washington post compared us favorably forced sister jurisdiction
montgomery county maryland
they describe their budget process as sweetness and light
closing the shortfall was no easy task
it was the result of cop countless hours spent with their residents
and our work force to identify reorganization Lee fisher season reductions
but don't cut too deeply into that
or and quality of life services better residents value
the county's three point three billion dollar adopted general fund budget
it's based on the real estate tax rate of the dollar nine
increase a five cents
it includes a the one hand sent increase in the storm water utility day
both of these rates combined results and that reduction
for the average homeowner still of twenty six dollars and ninety three cents
the budget includes an annual people registration fee of thirty three dollars per vehicle
most other localities in Virginia utilize this the to provide local services
and it's he does not require a tea kettle
this is the worst service charge increases by seventy seven cents
from four dollars and fifty cents to five dollars and twenty seven cents
this the increase addresses
agents who were infrastructure
in compliance with state and federal clean water and environmental mandates
our rates continue to be among the lowest in the region
the fairfax county public schools continue to be over fifty three percent of the county's
general fund budget
couples with the positive state funding formulas change its sixty one million dollars
our one point six billion dollar transfer to the schools
while one percent reduction from last fiscal year
police funds the school board's requested budget
and provide stand with the forty five
million dollar balance for future Virginia retirement or the are asked requirements
the fiscal year two thousand eleven general fund schools and general county combined budget
it's a two point seven percent
reduction from the previous year
the budget that we adopted includes ninety one million dollars and reductions in savings
over the past fiscal year
and it's full of reorganization of changes inefficiencies
that help reduce the cost of providing services
and improving the delivery of those services and program
for example
the department of community and recreation services
and department systems management for human services
to create
they want the part that of neighbor Clinton community services
since they shared some other calls and to provide
more services to the community by pooling resources
generally our senior services have been reorganized to improve access in delivery of services
the department of family services is adopting new delivery models and partnerships
to enhance the services
that they can provide
the community services afford to see us the is working to improve their programs
to ensure that county president's received the full benefit
of federal and state programs dollars that they are eligible to receive
rather than relying on county funding
and lastly
we have consolidated all major code enforcement functions from the department on
planning and zoning and the department of public works
into a new agency
the new department
of code compliance saves money
and also enables us to provide
one-stop shopping for are recipes
none of these changes were easy to make
their county staff has risen
the challenges that they are facing
and as a result of these reorganizations inefficiencies
we are able to continue to deliver quality services at reduced cost to the taxpayer
budget adoption was a combination of and unprecedented level of community engagement
community dialogues were held throughout the county
during the fall and early pointer
and I hope that many people had the opportunity to participate
you're out late February March in early April more than thirty county things and foreigners
were hosted three-c_ feedback on the advertise budget
brown bag once this an employee budget briefings and I want or organized by the county executive
Tony birtley
and by our unions that are only organizations
many of these recommendations for savings were used to help close our budget gap
and lastly
hundreds of speakers that ended three days over twenty eight hours at public hearings
that a problem
this generous level of public education
enbridge fair process has resulted in a better product
when we adopt their budget we are investing and the priorities of our community
and I and the plan to attack the community at the table with us during these months
as we did last year adoption of the budget included a motion on budget guidelines to
prepare for next year
and to follow up on issues that were identified by board members for further review and discussion
this fall and winter
many alliances business reviews world wildlife sessions will be scheduled for this purpose
we also agreed to enhance our community data process
by making better use on social media
and our cable channel sixteen for community dialogue
which may include call and were even online voting
and I will be sure to let you know more about these opportunities
so that you're able to participate
as we look ahead to wear future we know that
if we keep doing what we're doing will keep getting what we've got
the future success other county and apparel retailer will depend in large part
on how we approach in a draft the many inter-related challenges that we face
how to accommodate
are growing population
are changing demographics
our aging infrastructure
traffic congestion and nobility challenges
energy costs environmental stewardship
the need for little bull communities housing that's affordable
this spring the board of supervisors entered into a compact with jurisdictions throughout
the region
this voluntary agreement is the result of that two-year effort by the metropolitan Washington
council of governments
the greater Washington twenty fifty coalition
which I had the privilege of cheering
the greater Washington twenty fifty compact
it's that which is a common vision for our region during the next forty years
so that we're pulling together for a common good
rather them
pulling apart
the compact defined goals and provides benchmarks that we can use to evaluate their progress
adopting the greater Washington twenty fifty contact was a significant milestone for airport
and for our region
moving forward we need to constantly expanding
how we can continue to
of regional land use
and environmental planning and coordination
so that we can use our resources wisely
and in short that fairfax county
and they're reaching continue to thrive
in the area plant is in development over the next forty years
the Washington metropolitan
region is expected to grow
adding nearly two million more residents
and some of that growth will come to fairfax county
our goal is to accommodate growth in a way that maintains our excellent quality of life
and is not exacerbate the challenges of pass
growth patterns and strategies
with the adoption of the comprehensive plan for the transformation of prisons
on June twenty second
harold ford set in motion a new pattern of growth and development
that concentrates growth in compact
high density
mixed you see communities
better easily walk a poll
the last auto dependent
convenient for public transportation and had teas
an include a variety of housing choices
directing new growth captivity centers like for instance will create communities
there it's that simple for mexicans
of all ages
help protect their older stable residential communities
kurds for all and protect their environment
the plan for tyson's is the result of a unique collaborative planning process
that has taken place over the last five years
the plan calls for redevelopment to occur
our over the next twenty years
you can't really becoming a second downtown for the region
with up to one hundred thousand residents
and two hundred thousand new jobs
the plan was designed to Korean growth around the foreign news faces metro station
which will open
in two thousand thirteen
seventy five percent of proof that transcends will be within a half mile at the stations
many offices and homes will be three six minute
walk from the station's allowing people
to get around on foot five people boxer rail
tyson says the at the center of to transportation
major projects in fairfax county
the beltway high occupancy whole or hot plane
and adults rail project vote intersect in the heart of patients
the ford new silver lining metro stations are currently being constructed in Texas
service from falls church to really avenue is planned to be can in two thousand thirteen
this is the first phase of the project
construction for the second phase
really avenue to dulles airport
with stations play and at group twenty eight
herndon money around address in parkway
is expected to be completed in two thousand sixteen
the construction of the hotline inside the beltway
it's expected to be completed
by the end of two thousand thirteen
and this project essentially rebuilds the entire beltway in the county
including all of her bridges sound walls
and the new new alliance well allow for the option
for expressing posture of its between springfield in prisons
in addition to constructing the high plains on the beltway
the Virginia department of transportation or the dot
has plans to extend these lines onto by three ninety five
and on on a ninety five south all something county
this expansion is currently on hold
but I can be eating and working with my regional counterparts to resolve issues
they're delaying the process
and in particular it's critical to allow the project to go forward
inside the beltway on high three ninety five
the construction of the draft project at the Mark center in alexandria
a location that fairfax county opposed
will be a serious challenge for area commuters and residents
the opportunity
for direct high plains accessed often three ninety five
and expressing but service service area
will help to alleviate the traffic in taxes
one of her most congested transportation carter's is five sixty six
in April our board directed at fairfax county department of transportation
to work with the doctor opened the monument drive-ins stringfellow road a to be rates
for all traffic going off peak hours
this will provide much needed to read the
to commuters on ice sixty six as well as surrounding network of friends interchanges
pending review
federal highway administration
the streets should be open to all traffic in the near future
in June are poor take another major step for on sixty six
when it's part of the adoption of the price plan
we moved to accelerate planning
and implementation of mass transit options for on sixty six
options under consideration include
bus rapid transit
express us
and or extension of the net through line to the center bill
sekula other major road improvement projects are underway in the richmond highway Carter
the extension of the fairfax county parkway to richmond highway
all phases of this project will be completed by follow-up two thousand twelve
funding from the county was used to match federal stimulus funding for this project
the widening an extension of molokai right in the Fort belvoir area
and thanks to fairfax county funded planning it is signed
initiatives we were able to stick your
and we'll
move quickly to begin construction
on a one hundred and fifty
million dollar federal Iraq related Korea
secured by congressman Jim moran
to widen an improved version of highway
in the areas of housing and human services
efforts to improve transportation and nobility options
our marriage in our commitment to create communities that are affordable
and it's that simple to where residents and to our workers
in January two thousand ten our board adopted a new strategy
a housing blueprint
to address our housing needs
the blueprint recognizes spectrum of Palestinians in the county
and it represents a new direction for county programs
the goals of the blueprint are
and homelessness as we know it
in ten years by working with their nonprofit and faith community partners
to provide more
affordable housing options secondly to those with special needs
and then the working again in partnership with their nonprofit partners
to cut the waiting list for affordable housing housing programs in half
in the next ten years
and lastly
using county zoning and policy tool during the development process
to insure workforce housing to accommodate
projected growth
for our work force
the group blueprint is that product of unprecedented collaboration
between county agencies concerned citizens
and local non-profit groups
we now have a measuring stick
which we use to evaluate our housing programs
and it's just that to best serve the needs of their community
judy the housing blueprint
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creating caring livable communities that are affordable to the income ranges
of their workforce and her workers is important to the six cents up fairfax county
and their region
just this week been coordinating regionally to
of transit and living opportunities
I've also been meeting in working during the past year
with their sister jurisdictions on strategies to
coordinate policies in projects
to insure energy efficient efficiency and sustainability
by encouraging synergy and the way to Carter between dollars airport
and Reagan national airport is developed
we have the opportunity to create a strong green jobs sector
reduce energy costs for property owners
and promote prosperity for the region
in fairfax county
our approach is based on a retirement fill improvement program
and the county's commitment to the court counties plan
which was first initiated during the chairmanship of my predecessor jerry connally
currently the county's energy efficiency and conservation Corps dating committee
is overseeing nine point six million dollars in federally-funded
energy efficiency projects
including record that's inefficiencies for public buildings
which will save county taxpayers approximately
five hundred and eighty thousand dollars each year
and prevent four thousand two hundred metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually
this committee is also developing resources for the community
information and about energy savings for homeowners is available online
and we will continue to expand the resource that's available in the coming months
a greenhouse gas inventory for the county is being compiled and women and will serve
as a guide for future programs to improve energy efficiency and conservation
in addition to these promising county programs
many individuals and organizations are already focus on reducing
they're here to use
for example
over two hundred households are participating in the great falls
citizens association carbon reduction project
the positive impact on individual and community efforts
will continue to grow with each additional household that participates
improving energy efficiency is an opportunity for governments for businesses and for residents
the investments we make and more efficient technology
well we saw and savings on energy Co
when a fairfax county is greatest that is the diversity of their community
during the past year
I put it to naturalization ceremonies here at the government center
it is an extremely moving experience
to welcome new Americans here
have to see that the local government
and a great reminder of who we are is the community
the ceremonies have been organized by air Asian American history project task force
asian-americans are
her county's largest minority populations segment
led by projects leader core of polling
this task force has recently produced the book
based on oral histories and written accounts of asian-americans
both the fairfax county their home
this book contains their personal histories experience is a competition
and the book is available for you to read their libraries
and for purchase by contacting my office
and proceeds from the book are used for history related
cathy initiatives
during the past two years
fairfax county has become a sister city
for the sun-times
the district of seoul Korea
and to the city apart and in northern China
sister city relationships sorry unique opportunity for local governments
to learn from each other and to Foster
economic development
and international French it
and it better understanding of global concerns
in collaboration with our colleagues on the fairfax county school board
we are conducting three separate cold teaching internships as part of the partnership
it's important that our children and our community
frequent to participate
and the global economy
a year and a half ago
I said
that the darkest hour is just before dawn
it's not yet Don
but we are beginning to see some signs of recovery
well we continue to be challenged with
following property values some unemployment and foreclosures
fairfax county is daring in recovering comparatively well during this great recession
is important that we maintain our vigilance
that we continue to maintain our commitment to work together positive light
by doing so we will land on our collective feet
we have begun to do so already
I would like to take this opportunity to see to wear engage community
and our creative innovative
and dedicated work force
fairfax county could not continue to maintain such a great quality of life
without your efforts
thanks so much for listening
enjoy your summer
and I hope to spend some time with few during the months ahead