Thursday, November 6, 2008

Keep those cards and letters coming, folks!

Hi folks!
Below is part of an email I received yesterday from Ms. Sharon Bulova. Ms. Bulova is the vice-chairperson of the Fairfax County board of supervisors and supervisor of the Braddock district. The email was in response to the previous post regarding CERT and upcoming budget cuts. She clarified the budget schedule for us; I had some dates incorrect.
THANK YOU to all CERT members who have sent emails and calls to your district supervisors; we are being heard. Keep them coming! Ms. Bulova also mentions participating in community dialogue sessions, the link to these upcoming meetings is below. Folks, if you have the time to go we can make our voices heard even more loudly.
your volunteer PIO

Terry, I just received your message (in part below) and wanted to provide a correction. The County is projecting a shortfall for the next fiscal year 2010 should we continue to do business "as usual" with what we expect to be a reduced stream of revenue due to the current downturn in the economy.
The County Board is examining all of our programs and services in order to prepare for that challenging fiscal year. No budget has been advertised yet.

The County Executive will release his recommended budget on February 23rd. In your message you indicate that the budget is "usually voted on and approved in January". In fact the County Executive's Budget is usually advertised in February, public hearings are held during March and the Board eventually "marks up" (or makes changes to the Advertised Budget) in April. We will not be actually adopting the FY 2010 budget until late in April.

I hope you will encourage your members to participate in some of the Community Dialogues that are taking place throughout the County this fall. Information can be found at These Dialogues seek suggestions from the community (and County Employees) on suggestions for finding cost savings and organizational changes in order to "right size" the cost of delivering services with less revenue.