Candidates Night 2019 Meeting Recap

The October meeting featured three of the four County Board candidates running for the two open seats. Arron O’Dell did not attend.
Christian Dorsey (incumbent Democrat) Website
Katie Cristol (incumbent Democrat) Website
Audrey Clement (Independent) Website
Arron O’Dell (Independent) Website

Opening Statements
Clement

Cristol

Dorsey

Question 1     

About MoCo’s “Housing Impact Fairness Act” that seeks to assess an impact fee on teardowns. Proceeds to be used for affordable housing and schools. Perhaps also slowing teardowns and clear-cutting of trees. Answers by: Clement, Cristol, then Dorsey.

Question 2
About negative consequences of development: flooding adjacent properties, tree removal, killing neighbor’s trees, making existing shared driveways unviable. Proposal for a Citizen’s Committee to study problem. Remove limits on neighbors’ ability to review site plans. Why does County staff support developers over residents? Answers by: Dorsey, Cristol, then Clement.

Question 3
About incentives for decreasing impervious surfaces, like driveways. Answers by: Dorsey, Cristol, then Clement.

Question 4
About Zoned Parking study (RPP). Why being studied? When will public see study results? Assure us you won’t turn LV into a commuter parking lot. Answers by: Dorsey, Cristol, then Clement.

Question 5
About county programs to assist homeless families. Answers by: Cristol, Clement, then Dorsey.

Question 6
About building a new elementary school in far east Arlington. Answers by: Dorsey, Cristol, then Clement.

Question 7
About skyrocketing property taxes caused by skyrocketing home values. Small changes to the tax rate don’t matter when the underlying home values are increasing 10 to 20 percent annually. Big increases expected due to Amazon. Answers by: Clement, Dorsey, then Cristol.

Question 8
About increasing collaboration between County and APS to save money by eliminating duplicative services, like each having its own snow removal operation. Answers by: Cristol, Clement, then Dorsey.

Closing Statements
Dorsey

Cristol

Clement