Deer Strike Injures Driver on Spout Run Pkwy

Deer Strike Injures Driver on Spout Run Pkwy
Where: Spout Run Pkwy south of intersection with Lorcom La
When: Fri, Dec 13, aprox 5 PM

Driver’s injuries were not life threatening. The deer died. Deer-involved crashes are greatest during the mating season, Oct through Dec, particularly around dawn and dusk. Drive carefully!

Before You Buy a New Car…

Before You Buy a New Car…
“The popularity of SUVs and light trucks are contributing to the increase in roadway fatalities… If you’re behind the wheel of one of those vehicles… you need to take extra caution. It has a lot more weight… poor visibility, it takes you longer to brake and it is harder to see around turns. Drivers of those vehicles need drive very carefully to compensate.” — NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg

County Budget Year Ends with $46M Unspent

What to do with unspent funds remains controversial. Should the year-end surplus be:
● Rolled over to the next FY, reducing the need for tax increases?
● Used to fund projects that failed to get funded in the previous FY?
● A bit of both?

County Seeks Citizen Input on 2021 Budget

Provide Your Early Input on the FY 2021 Budget

ARLINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA GENERAL FUND
STATEMENT OF REVENUES, EXPENDITURES AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCE
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2019 (Unaudited)
Source: Arlington Co page 42
Revenues $1,296,927,881
Expenditures $1,250,707,290
Excess of revenues and other financing sources over expenditures and transfers out $46,220,591

Skyrocketing Property Tax?

Skyrocketing Property Tax?

Arlington County has one of the highest median property taxes in the United States, ranked 40th of the 3143 counties in the USA. Arlington collects, on average, 0.8% of a property’s assessed fair market value, which amounts to about 3.6% of average resident’s yearly income.
Source: tax-rates.org

Home Values are expected to increase significantly. Average Arlington sold price went up by 12.35% between Sept 2018 ($628,412.) and Sept 2019 ($705,997)
Source: Bright MLS

Arlington Public Schools Propose Big Changes

School staff recently announced potential big changes to the school boundaries that affect LV and other areas.


Community Survey on
APS Proposals to Move Key Immersion School

APS has proposed to move the Key program to either:
● Arlington Traditional School (west of Ballston)
● Carlin Spring Elementary (in the southwestern part of the County)
Participate in a survey about these changes: Key School Enrollment Survey (survey closes Dec 6)


Information from Arlington Public Schools
APS “What’s Happening” Home Page

Elementary School Planning for 2021


Meeting Recap (Nov 11, 2019)
School Board Member Reid Goldstein

Reid brought slides, but we didn’t have a projector.
Here are …
Reid’s Slides


Press Coverage
For NoVa Schools, A Question Of Where to Put All Those Students (WaPo)

“Arlington Public Schools may shuffle nearly a quarter of its elementary school students around to combat the county’s persistent overcrowding problems.”
APS Proposes Major Elementary School Swap (ARLnow)

Plans to Add/Drop Courses 2020-21 (InsideNOVA)


Opinion
Peter’s Take:
How The County Should Help APS Plan For New School Seats

  by Peter Rousselot

Progressive Voice:
“More Time” Doesn’t Make Change Easier

  by Colleen Pickford

Ed Talk:
Elementary School Moves/Boundaries

  by Abby Raphael

Letter to the Editor: APS Should Hire Outside Consultant for School Boundary Process

Arlington’s SMD (E-Scooter/E-Bike) Pilot Evaluation Report

Arlington’s SMD (E-Scooter/E-Bike) Pilot Evaluation Report
Arlington’s pilot kicked off in September 2018 with Bird and Lime and is expected to end in December 2019 with seven operators. This report provides the results of the evaluation of the nine-month Arlington County pilot program, including trends in deployment, utilization and feedback from the community to understand Shared Mobility Device (SMD) adoption and system performance. Click to Continue Reading…

Armed Robbery on Highland St

Where: 1800 block of N. Highland St (near LV Park)
When: Approximately 3:36 a.m. on November 16, Saturday
ROBBERY, 2019-11160049, 1800 block of N. Highland Street. At approximately 3:36 a.m. on November 16, police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim was walking in the area when he was approached by three unknown suspects, who each displayed a firearm and demanded the victim empty his pockets. The suspects stole the victim’s personal belongings and fled prior to police arrival. The suspects are all described as black males, 18-20 years old, 5’10”-6’0”, wearing dark colored hoodies, dark pants and dark masks. The investigation is ongoing.

ACPD Crime Report

Vehicle Decals No Longer Needed

Vehicle Decals No Longer Needed
The Arlington County Board voted last year to eliminate the requirement to display a decal. You can remove your old decal and dispose of it. The Motor Vehicle License fee ($33 for cars), which is an annual registration fee, has not been eliminated.

County Board Writes FAA to Oppose Flight Path Changes

County Board Writes FAA to Oppose Flight Path Changes
On Nov. 4, 2019, the Arlington County Board sent a letter of opposition to the FAA regarding proposed changes to flight procedures at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

The FAA and the United States Secret Service (USSS) presented the proposed changes to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) DCA Community Working Group on May 23, 2019.

Read the full letter

Online Noise Complaint Form (FAA)