• Loudoun May Get Help with CIP Funding

    Loudoun May Get Help with CIP Funding

    In conjunction with the budgeting process for Fiscal Year 2018, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is looking at how to optimize funding sources for its Capital Improvement Projects CIP). At the Board’s Finance Committee meeting Feb. 21, supervisors and discussed how their plans would benefit from the potential for significant funding from statewide sources.

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  • Facing Rising Anti-Semitism, Can Virginia Universities Learn from History and California?

    Facing Rising Anti-Semitism, Can Virginia Universities Learn from History and California?

    Ken Marcus makes the case for doing more to fight anti-Semitism on college campuses. Last fall, five Loudoun County, Virginia teenagers vandalized the historic African-American schoolhouse in Ashburn with an array of graffiti that included white supremacist slogans and Nazi swastikas. The fact that they desecrated a monument to black history with the symbol most closely associated with Jewish oppression was not

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  • Bad News Coming Down the Tracks

    Bad News Coming Down the Tracks

    Predictions of higher Metrorail costs have left Loudoun government officials with a lot of questions – and few answers. New reports show Loudoun County could be required to finance $82.2 million in an annual contribution toward Metro by 2025, nearly $61 million more than predicted when the Board of Supervisors narrowly approved rail expansion in 2012. Staff and

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  • Public Briefed on Leesburg Courthouse and Garage

    Public Briefed on Leesburg Courthouse and Garage

    With the multi-year construction of Loudoun County’s new courthouse project in Leesburg about to begin, staff members are reassuring residents that they are taking every precaution against excessive disturbances. At a public information meeting Feb. 16, staff reviewed the planning behind the project.  It will begin with a new parking garage, and efforts will be made to minimize interference with the

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  • Hemstreet Proposes Equalized Tax Rate in New Budget

    Hemstreet Proposes Equalized Tax Rate in New Budget

    Loudoun County is positioned to increase services without a tax increase in the FY 2018 budget proposed by County Administrator Tim Hemstreet and presented to the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 15. The $2.5 billion proposed budget includes funding for the equivalent of 189 full-time positions in a range of departments, including the new Dulles South Multipurpose Center, Kirkpatrick Farms Fire

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  • Kaine, Warner Vote Against Gun Rule Repeal Backed by ACLU, NRA

    Kaine, Warner Vote Against Gun Rule Repeal Backed by ACLU, NRA

    In a losing cause on Feb. 15, Virginia Sens. Tim Kaine (D) and Mark Warner (D) voted against removing a federal regulation that prohibits certain individuals with mental impairments from obtaining firearms. The rule, proposed during the last few months of the Obama Administration, would place a group of social security disability insurance recipients with mental impairments that use

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