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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: Alexandria

Alexandria council votes to create transportation tax, allow increase in property tax rate

The Alexandria City Council voted to advertise higher real property tax rates and a new transportation tax for commercial properties at Saturday's meeting. The council voted 5 to 2 for a rate of $1 per $100 of a property's assessed value, a 2.2-cent increase over City Manager James K. Hartmann's proposed rate. Council members Alicia Hughes (I) and Frank H. Fannon IV (R) opposed the measure.Hartmann's proposed fiscal 2012 budget would lead to about a $16 increase in the average homeowner's tax bill, totaling about $4,395 for a $449,400 property. The council's tax rate would increase the average homeowner's bill by about $100.The council also approved a rate of 12.5 cents per $100 of a commercial property's assessed value that would be dedicated toward new transportation projects.By law, a locality may not pass a tax rate higher than what is advertised but may pass a lower rate....

By Christy Goodman  | March 12, 2011; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Christy Goodman  
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Alexandria removes breastfeeding from indecent-exposure law

Breastfeeding mothers no longer will feel more comfortable feeding their child in public places in Alexandria. The Alexandria City Council unanimously amended their indecent-exposure ordinance Saturday to exclude breastfeeding. The council plans to pass a special proclamation later this month. "In our efforts to be a more family friendly community, we have to take on all aspects of what that means, including doing right by moms," said Council member Rob Krupicka, who originally proposed the amendment. The council member said the city should work on public education, because many businesses do not allow breastfeeding and studies have proved that public health-care costs rise for both mother and child if they do not breastfeed....

By Christy Goodman  | February 12, 2011; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Alexandria, Christy Goodman  
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New commercial transportation tax, less school construction money proposed in Alexandria

Alexandria City Manager James K. Hartmann proposed a $553.4 million budget Tuesday night to the City Council that includes a transportation add-on tax for commercial properties but no new fees, taxes or service reductions for residents.

By Christy Goodman  | February 8, 2011; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Budget, Christy Goodman, Transportation  
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Alexandria city manager will step down

James K. Hartmann, Alexandria's city manager for the past six years, announced his resignation Monday afternoon. Hartmann said he wants to pursue other job opportunities, including a county manager position in Seminole County, Fla. "I was ready to pursue other career challenges and ... because it will be a very open environment, I thought it was best to close out this chapter as I'm building the next one," Hartmann said. After eight years in the U.S. Coast Guard, Hartmann worked in Orange County, Fla., for 13 years. His wife is originally from Orlando. Hartmann has previously worked as a county administrator in Eagle County, Colo., and Spartanburg County, S.C. He informed the city council and mayor of his intentions at the Jan. 25 meeting. His official resignation came Monday. The initial announcement "came as a total surprise and shock to all of us," said Mayor William D. Euille, who said...

By Christy Goodman  | January 31, 2011; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Christy Goodman  
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Va. congressmen tell Gates how to fix BRAC at Mark Center

Virginia's top Democrats -- U.S. Reps. James P. Moran Jr. and Gerald E. Connolly and Sens. James Webb and Mark Warner -- sent a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates outlining road and transit improvements the U.S. Army should consider in Alexandria. The letter, dated Jan. 19, follows the National Defense Authorization Act for 2011 requirement that the secretary of the Army create a transportation plan for the Base Relocation and Closure, or BRAC, movement to the Mark Center at I-395 and Seminary Road within 90 days. "Though we have serious doubts that the full implementation of BRAC #133 [Mark Center] will lead to any result other than failing levels of service, the Army can mitigate this by implementing the following recommendations," the letter read. The recommendations include waiving defense department rules and paying the $20 million for short- and mid-term road improvements at the site; subsidizing local transit and...

By Christy Goodman  | January 20, 2011; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Alexandria, Christy Goodman, Gerald E. Connolly, James P. Moran Jr., James Webb, Mark Warner, Transportation  
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Alexandria council member considers Va. Senate run

Rob Krupicka, an Alexandria City Council member, will run for the Virginia Senate if Sen. Patricia S. Ticer (D-Alexandria) decides to retire. "If Senator Ticer decides to retire, I plan to run for the 30th State Senate District and I'd like to ask for your help and support," Krupicka said in a blog post. He invited folks interested in being on a new "Team Krupicka" to his home later this month for an organizational meeting. "I believe greatly in this community and in the issues and work that Senator Ticer is committed to. I've never felt more strongly about the potential for Virginia to lead the nation in education, job creation, the environment and clean energy," Krupicka wrote. Ticer originally was elected to the 30th District in 1995. The district covers portions of Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax counties....

By Christy Goodman  | January 10, 2011; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  !Elections, !General Assembly, Alexandria, Christy Goodman, State Senate  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Moran's BRAC-133 parking plan trimmed, Washington Post Editors , December 21, 2010
Alexandria endorses some Mark Center road improvements , Christy Goodman , December 14, 2010
Defense Department to investigate Mark Center move, Washington Post Editors , November 17, 2010
Alexandria real estate revenue higher than expected, Christy Goodman , October 19, 2010
 
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