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Arlington County Manager Annouces $2.8 Billion Capital Plan

At the Arlington County Board's recessed meeting yesterday evening, the County Manager proposed a $2.8 billion, 10-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). See recessed agenda here.

One item in the CIP will be the design of a new fire station #8 -- on Lee Highway -- according to Scott McCaffrey of the Arlington Sun Gazette this morning. He writes the design funds would be "part of a package of projects totaling $177 million in a series of bond referendums," adding:

"The package first goes to the County Board, which is likely to vote on it in July. It then is forwarded to the Circuit Court, which has the final say on ballot placement.

"Voters are likely to go along with whatever is placed in front of them; in recent years, most Arlington bond referendums have passed with support of 75 to 80 percent of voters, and even controversial ballot measures (such as the 2012 parks bond that included more funds for a Long Bridge Park aquatics center) collected more than 60 percent of the vote.

"Under Schwartz’s proposal, construction funds for a new fire station would be included in a future referendum, likely in 2018. Total cost estimates range from about $14 million to $19 million, depending on whether the station is moved to Old Dominion Drive or razed and rebuilt on its current location on Lee Highway."

Read the remainder of McCaffrey's article here since he writes more about the fire station #8 task force.

The press release about the County Manager's $2.8 billion CIP includes five bullet points:

  • Fulfilling commitments to Lubber Run, Long Bridge Park projects
  • Planning for Columbia Pike premium transit
  • Maintaining existing infrastructure
  • Remaining within debt, financial policies
  • Continuing support for APS

As noted by Mr. McCaffrey above, the Manager is proposing a 2016 bond referenda totaling $177 million, divided as follows (see press for detailed breakdown):

  • Metro and Transportation – $59 million
  • Parks and Recreation – $19 million
  • Government Facilities – $70 million
  • Community Conservation – $17 million
  • Joint County Schools – $12 million

More details about the FY 2017 -- 2026 proposed Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) are in this 22-slide PPT presentation here. The Superintendent's proposed CIP is available at the Arlington Public Schools website here.

Arlington County citizens are encouraged to attend the County Board's budget work sessions. On May 24 -- a Joint County Board /School Board work session. Then on May 31, June 16, 28, and July 12 -- County Board work sessions on proposed CIP. On June 22 -- a public hearing beginning at 7:00 p.m in the County Board Room, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., 3rd floor. Finally, on July 19, the County Board will adopt the CIP and set the bond referenda language.

Growls readers are urged to write to members of the Arlington County Board to voice concerns about the proposed FY 2017 -- 2026 Capital Improvement Plan. Just click-on the link below:

  • Call the County Board office at (703) 228-3130

And tell them ACTA sent you.

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