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Voting Begins for Vehicle Decal Design Contest

by ARLnow.com January 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm 4,291 85 Comments

It’s that time of year, again.

Voting has just begun for the county’s 2011-2012 vehicle decal design competition.

Arlington residents will be able to vote for one of four designs selected for the competition. Each design was created by an Arlington high school student.

Voting will take place online between now and Feb. 13. The winner will be announced at February’s county board meeting.

Last year’s winning design showcased a snow-covered bridge over the W&OD Trail. This year, the design finalists include another snowy photo, a photo of the historic Hume School, a photo of the large clock near Courthouse Plaza, and an illustration featuring a bike path and the Rosslyn skyline.

  • JamesE

    Those are all atrocious.

    • Dude Where’s My Car

      got a better idea? you should light a candle instead of cursing the darkness. here’s one idea from earlier in the week: http://i.min.us/idWUCG.jpg

      • JamesE

        Yes, a better idea is not putting one at all on my car or maybe one with a photo of brown flip-flops

      • G. Clifford Prout

        Too funny.

    • Arlington, Northside


    • AllenB

      Does it make you feel like a big man to pick on the artwork of high school students? What a douche.

      • JamesE

        Yes Allen, and I hope my post goes towards the bullying statistics

        • AllenB

          And judging by the maliciousness of your past posts, I’m sure you’re serious about that.

          • JamesE

            Absolutely, I am 100% serious about everything I post on the internet.

          • V Dizzle

            FYI – There is some really, really good art posted at the Central Library, done by local highschoolers.
            These aren’t at the same level, but aren’t bad.
            Oh, and the car tax gave me herpes.

          • Dan

            “Oh, and the car tax gave me herpes.”

            You should always wear protection when dealing the county !!!

      • Art students deserved to be bullied.

    • NPGMBR

      This is nice to see cause the current one is terrible.

  • Crabhands

    Snow scene.
    While not “representative” of Arlington it is still a great photo of one (small) chapter in the counties history.

  • CrystalMikey

    I still don’t get why Arlington still prints these. Why not pocket that whole fee like almost every jurisdiction in the commonwealth?

    • FrenchyB

      Agreed – it seems like the only reason they have the stickers is so they can hold this contest.

      • O’Leary likes it, thats why.

    • Rover

      If I recall correctly, all other local governments charged a “sticker fee” in addition to the car tax. Now that the stickers are gone, it is just called a “processing fee”. Still getting screwed, just without the window sticker.

      • CrystalMikey

        Exactly….not that I’m happy about that. So instead of paying to have decals made, the county could pocket all the money.

        • Rover

          I’ve seen more than once in the past when Fairfax have set up a line of police officers on the side of a road, the day after a new sticker was supposed to be displayed. If you didn’t have it, you were pulled over and fined. I don’t think I’ve seen this happen in Arlington yet, but maybe it does and maybe the income from it surpasses the cost to print stickers.

          • Lacy Forest

            Fairfax Drive ramp to I-66 West.

          • Zoning Victim

            Or maybe they should get rid of it like they said they would and offset the costs with the $5mil extra they are going to get next year in realestate taxes.

  • OX4

    I like promoting high school arts, so seems like a great idea to me. But the snow one is silly, considering we get that much snow about once every 10 years. I like the clock. But whatever, as long as the border is blue. Matches my car 🙂

  • SoCo Resident

    Half of the cars on my street at night have no stickers. Repeated complaints to the Treasurer’s office go unanswered. But, he has the nerve to run again. Why do we bother paying this tax when SO many others get by without having to pay it?

    • FedUp

      You are calling the wrong office! Call the Commissioner’s office. They have enforcement people who make sure that your neighbors pay their taxes instead of relying on yours.

    • KalashniKEV

      By ratting on your neighbors, you only support the scam.

      • mehoo

        Join civilization, Kev.

    • Maria

      Are you sure they’re Arlington vehicles?

      • If a vehicle is domiciled in Arlington, then the tax MUST be paid.

        • Maria

          Yes, but he said vehicles parked there at night. There are no permits necessary at night, so they may be visiting cars. So that’s what I was asking. If he’s talking about the same car(s) night after night, that’s a different story.

          • Zimmer-Man

            I drive from DC to Arlington, mostly Clarendon almost every night around 6 p.m. to take care of my girlfriends’ needs, and don’t have a sticker, and leave before 8 a.m. Never had a ticket – and don’t need a sticker. (inb4 punctuation mistake).

          • If a car is “regularly” garaged or parked overnight in Arlington, you must purchase a sticker.

          • Maria

            What counts as regularly? If someone stays at their significant other’s house a few nights a week, do you think he should have to pay taxes in Arlington even though he doesn’t live there or park his car there every day/night?

  • Arlwhenever

    I’m voting for Hume School. The Arlington Historical Society housed there has some really cool exhibits, archived artifacts and great references. Bring the kids along and they just might get an opportunity to pull the rope that rings the school bell high in the belfry, for real.

  • Julia Q.

    I also like the Hume school one, and I can assure SoCo resident that, much to my chagrin, enforcement in my neighborhood is swift and thorough.

  • Arlington, Northside

    Hume School is the only one that sort of represents Arlington, but since so few people know about it no one will really realize it is in Arlington. I think another contest needs to be held.

  • charlie

    i like the Free Tibet one.

    • NorArl

      Agree, at least it matches my plates. Is this really the best they could come up with though?

  • Rover

    I think the sticker should have a tow truck or a parking meter on it.

  • Lou

    Would be funny if one of the entries was a picture of the planetarium.

    • Lou

      Now that I think about it, I think the planetarium was the decal several years ago. But it wasn’t funny then.

  • notahoo

    I think it should be an giantic $ sign.

  • brendan

    Not a big fan of any of those designs. Here’s one suggestion – http://flic.kr/p/9a2pLW

  • othersideoftheriver

    How about not having to put in our name and address to vote, for crying out loud?

    • Thes

      You don’t have to list your real address — don’t think anyone checks. That’s just to prevent cheating by someone voting in an automated way.

      • Zoning Victim

        That’s funny; I could write an automated voter that made up addresses in about 30 minutes.

  • g_clifford_prout

    I’m all for these stickers. I propose that every house in Arlington have one as well. You’d only get your sticker after you’ve paid your taxes. If you need an ambulance and there’s no sticker: the ambulance goes home. House broken into? No sticker? Police don’t knock on your door. Want your trash picked up? Better have that sticker!

    We can then move on to whether or not we take your raw sewage and provide you clean water to drink and wash your non-taxed body. No sticker…. no washie.

    So to all those folks that don’t want a way to enforce paying your fair share……do like many do. Steal the stickers.

    • Dan

      You know you can do all of the above.
      As long as the number on the decal is unaltered, you can do anything your heart desires to the rest of the decal.
      I have one word: Photoshop.

      • brendan

        or for those without $500 paint.net does almost everything you need http://www.getpaint.net/

        • Dan

          Well it should have been two words “Photoshop Elements” so it is “only” 50 or so but the open source one does seem to be pretty solid.
          When the final stickers are issued this summer you just need to create whatever image you want with the same dimensions of the graphic in the center of the sticker.
          Then place that onto the sticker before placing it on your windshield.
          And best of all, the only restriction is that the number still has to be readable.

    • Arlwhenever

      I wish you were joking. The County has already put rfid tags on your blue trash bin so they can track if you are a good recycler or not.

  • GR

    Hard to believe forward-thinking Arlington still bothers with these decals. Fairfax County did away with them several years ago and keeps track of who has or hasn’t paid the car tax electronically.

    • GeorgeOrwell

      Arlington likes to be old school when it is convenient and paternalistic.

    • FedUp

      FFX County is losing millions in revenue for the lack of enforcement.

      • Zoning Victim

        I can’t believe that anybody thinks that having a sticker is the only effective way of telling if people have paid their taxes. The state has electronic records of every vehicle owned by a Virginian; there is no reason the county can’t simply cross reference their tax records. But then again, we are talking about a county that can’t seem to figure out how to make people pay their real estate taxes. I guess people keep must be moving their homes around a lot so they’re hard to find and arrest.

  • Lots of talk about the necessity of these decals. That may be true. I often wonder why I need to go through 4 registrations for one car (my license, taxes, emissions, and registration). Seems like they could be consolidated.

    That said, I applaud Arlington for this cleaver way of supporting Arlington Youth. Arlington has an excellent teen program and an excellent career center. The Arlington Career Center has this consistent habit of going out, winning national competitions, and bringing home awards in the form of really hot sound boards and further great toys. *If* you are going to have decals, I think it is great that Arlington is making the most of it and creating an opportunity for the students. Students need every achievement they can get on their experience as they prepare for college or other experience.

    Personally, I like the bike path one. The sky line (if you havent clued in) is Rosslyn. These things are reflections of what we Arlingtonians think of ourselves. Gotta say, one of the big reasons I decided to live in Arlington is the primo bike paths. We are a one car family where our second car is our bikes.

    Anyway, Tip of the Hat to Arlington for positive support of students.

  • Burt

    waste of money..

  • Arlingtonian

    We need a sticker with a meter maid on it!

  • brendan

    Arlington County Decals… Chris Hansen edition http://flic.kr/p/9afj9q

    Full set of them here… http://www.flickr.com/photos/lifeinthedistrict/sets/72157625817165880/with/5355495216/

    these things only take 30 seconds to do. but yes, i’m bored.

  • StampTax

    HOW ABOUT NO DECALS LIKE FAIRFAX!!! I don’t have a sticker on my butt from the IRS saying I payed federal taxes!!!!!


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