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April 22, 2014

Arlington County Honors Outstanding Park Volunteers

The Arlington County Board today honored the 2013 Bill Thomas Outstanding Park Service Volunteer Award winners during the Board's April Recessed Board Meeting. Keith Fred, a dog park advocate, and Peter Jones, an avid gardener, won individual awards. Arlington Regional Master Naturalist (ARMN) won the organizational award in recognition of their support for Arlington’s natural environment for the past seven years.
April 22, 2014

Arlington County Board Adopts FY 2015 Budget

The Arlington County Board today adopted a $1.15 billion General Fund Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, cutting one cent off the real estate tax rate while adding funding for schools and year-round yard waste pickup to the County Manager's Proposed Budget. The Board maintained the County's commitment to keeping Arlington Public Schools among the nation's finest. It provided a total of $440.6 million to Schools for the FY 2015 Budget, adding $19.6 million to base funding and another $8.4 million for school construction or other one-time expenses.
April 22, 2014

Arlington County Recognizes 18 Notable Trees and their Caregivers

A Tree City USA designee for 18 years, Arlington is home to thousands of exceptional trees. At today's Arlington County Board meeting, Arlington honored 18 new Notable Trees, and their caretakers. This year's Arbor Day ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2 p.m. at Barcroft Elementary School, 625 South Wakefield St., in Arlington. Arlington will receive its 18th consecutive "Tree City USA" award from the National Arbor Day Foundation.
Arlington County Kicks Off “Building Safety is No Accident”
April 22, 2014

Arlington County Kicks Off “Building Safety is No Accident”

The Arlington County Board today launched Arlington's participation in Building Safety Month with a public proclamation during the April Recessed County Board Meeting.
Arlington Certifies First Two Commercial Buildings for First Responder Network
April 22, 2014

Arlington Certifies First Two Commercial Buildings for First Responder Network

Chairman Jay Fisette and Arlington’s public safety chiefs today presented Monday Properties (for 1812 N. Moore Street) and Penzance (for 3001/3003 Washington Blvd.) with the County’s first certifications for public safety operable communications within a commercial building. The installation of the First Responder Network enables public safety officials – including fire, rescue, and police – to communicate within the building during any emergency.
April 18, 2014

Arlington Board, Manager Work to Include Employee Merit Step Increases in FY 2015 Budget

In a statement, Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette announces the County Board's intent to include employee merit step increases in the FY 2015 Budget, while maintaining a one-cent real estate tax reduction. The inclusion is funded largely by hiring slowdown and elimination of proposed positions. The change reflects concern over higher employee expenses for health care.
April 16, 2014

CORRECTION: Arlington Issues Corrected FY2015 Budget Press Release

CORRECTION: A release issued by the County on Wednesday, April 17 incorrectly stated the percentage increase in the County FY 2015 Budget for both County Operations and for Schools funding. This release corrects those errors and adds the total increase in funding for Schools over the FY 2014 Budget. We regret the errors.
April 12, 2014

Arlington County Board Approves $16.5 Million Loan to Preserve Affordable Housing on Columbia Pike

The Arlington County Board today approved a $16.5 million Affordable Housing Investment Fund (AHIF) loan to help AHC Inc., a nonprofit affordable housing developer, purchase Serrano Apartments at 5535 Columbia Pike. As a condition of the AHIF loan, AHC has agreed that 196 of the units will become Committed Affordable Units (CAFs), contractually obligated to remain affordable for 60 years. The AHIF loan helps carry out goals outlined in the Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Area Plan, which the County Board adopted in July 2012.
April 12, 2014

Arlington County Board Adopts Changes to Tech Zones

The Arlington County Board today approved amendments to broaden the Technology Zone incentive program for new technology companies looking to start and expand in Arlington’s defined Technology Zones. The changes target fast-growing tech companies with the highest growth potential, and encourage them to stay in Arlington by allowing companies located here to become eligible for the program as they expand.
April 12, 2014

Arlington County Board Adopts Rosslyn Plan Framework

The Arlington County Board today adopted the Rosslyn Plan Framework, an important foundation for developing the final Rosslyn Sector Plan Update. The framework lays out the vision and broad recommendations for how the community would like to see the area improve. It focuses on upgrades to parks and open spaces, transportation, improved urban design, and developing a new building heights policy. Its adoption is a key milestone in the long range Realize Rosslyn community planning process.
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