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Reminder: Donnellan to Hold Budget Forum Tonight

by ARLnow.com December 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm 2,450 15 Comments

Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan will hold a public meeting tonight to discuss the county’s upcoming financial year 2012 budget.

The forum will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Arlington Central Library’s auditorium (1015 North Quincy Street).

As we reported earlier, Donnellan has said that her recommended budget will likely not include any further cuts for county parks or libraries, but it will include sizable cuts in other areas.

  • MB

    I hope all of the commenters who continuously whinge about how inaccessible Arlington County staff is will bother showing up to this.

    • el fat kid

      unfortunately just got off work so i can’t ask you clowns…

      > what type of gimmicks/stunts you plan on pulling this year since closing the libraries and nature centers in the more affluent communities has been overplayed to point even you’re sick of it? 20k for alternating days at the 3 water parks is hardly fulfilling the counties capacity for stupid political stunts.

      > how much public money will go to subsidizing churches this year?

      > Why is the county manager (cm, as you like to say) paid as much as the Speaker of the House, more than every single US Senator and 434 members of US House – when she oversees 1/2,500 of the budget that they do? Why is she paid more than the governor of the state and several times the median household income?

      > At what point does the county stop ceding authority to developers? Does every SFH need to be in a shadow of some monstrosity and all lanes of traffic on Columbia Pike and Wilson BLVD stopped by overzealous flag waivers before it becomes an issue?

      > What is the per unit fee for transportation and infrastructure improvement costs that developers are charged when constructing a new building? Please tell me they have to pay more than just doing a shitty repaving job.

      > At what point are we going to stop claiming to be a green or bike-friendly city because we throw some lines of paint down on busy roads in a pathetically incoherent fashion or buy the meter maids foreign hybrids?

      > How much are we going to spend on tricycles for county employees this year?

      • FedUp

        Re: Ms. Donnellan’s salary: she actually gets more done than the entire Congress.

        • YesWoman

          Let’s hope Donnellan is not the YES woman she is expected to be. The Gazette and insiders say the Board chose her because she will just say yes to everything they want. It is apparent her predecessor told the Board he would not do some of the underhanded, risky moves the Board wanted him to make so he was ousted. Don’t be a YES woman Donnellan!

  • Rover

    Let’s hope they address cutting the Arlington sign gestapo.

  • AH

    Anyone (Arlnow) know if the meeting will be recorded and re-played on public access? I can’t make it to the meeting tonight but would be interested in hearing what the manager and citizens have to say.

    • MB

      I don’t think it will be taped, but the notes and summaries posted by the county after last year’s meetings were quite detailed and accurate, in my experience. They’ll probably show up on the CM’s page in a week or so after.

  • Bluemont John

    Does anyone know what her e-mail address is, if we have suggestions for what to be cut? Like the $1 million for “cultural affairs”?

    • el fat kid

      or the 13 million church subsidy fund?

  • TGEoA

    What a joke. Babs had to bring the po po along to protect her from the peepul.

    • Jezebel

      Given the aggressively strident views that are expressed on these forums, and the ugly rhetoric of the Tea Party, it was wholly appropriate for police to be in attendance.

  • Wayne Kubicki

    I saw no extra security at this forum last night, and heard nothing that even approached being “aggressively strident” or “ugly rhetoric.”

  • tuesdayschild

    This is political “show.” Not a meaningful debate. Nothing here will change what the Board decides.

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