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County to Discuss Ways to Improve Service, Keep Costs Down

Acting County Manager Mark SchwartzArlington County today is embarking on a series of policy discussions that will explore ways to improve county services while keeping costs down.

Addressing “longer-term budget and service delivery issues” is a top priority of Acting County Manager Mark Schwartz, who says Arlington must think and act strategically as the county continues to grow and develop.

“Too often, we are so wrapped up in our day-to-day responsibilities that we lose sight of the importance of planning for the longer range,” Schwartz said in a press release that was sent out Friday. “These conversations will focus on what the future is for service delivery, staffing and management and how we make sure we are on the cutting edge of planning for that future.”

According to Arlington County, policymakers will discuss:

  • How Arlington’s growing population and changing demographics impact service delivery
  • How service delivery choices and investments can help meet the county’s economic development goals
  • The impact of technology on how county government delivers services
  • Opportunities to achieve efficiencies while improving service delivery

“While no formal action is expected by the County Board at these sessions, the discussions will help inform future budget and Capital Improvement Plan discussions,” the county said.

The first County Board work session will be held at 3 p.m. today, in the County Board Room at 2100 Clarendon Blvd, and will discuss Arlington’s public libraries. Other work sessions are scheduled for Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.

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