Manager's Report - March 16, 2012
FY 2013 Budget Process Update
On March 13, Alexandria City Council authorized advertising a maximum possible real residential property tax increase of $1.008 per $100 assessed value, an increase of one cent. The one cent maximum possible property tax rate increase gives the City Council flexibility to make additional budget adjustments prior to final adoption of the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget and Capital Improvement Program on Monday, May 7. To view the latest documents and information, visit alexandriava.gov/Budget.
Mobile-Friendly Website Launched
The City of Alexandria recently launched its new mobile-friendly website, which has been streamlined for speed, ease of use, and readability on smaller screens, while retaining all of the content and functionality of the traditional full site. The mobile design makes popular elements of the City’s website easy to find and interact with, including the homepage news features, Citywide events calendar, social media connections, online services, site search, emergency news, and more. Launching the new mobile site is an initial step in making the City's information and services mobile-ready, and is part of an overall strategy that includes future development of applications and websites that are equally accessible at a desktop computer or on a mobile device.
Nominations for Alexandria Excellence in Aging Awards
The Alexandria Commission on Aging is seeking nominations for the Annual Excellence in Aging Awards. These awards honor individuals, regardless of age, who have provided service to older Alexandrians or demonstrated superior contributions in advancing issues and projects that favorably affect older Alexandrians. The nomination deadline is Tuesday, March 27, and the nomination packet is available online.
Street Light Outage Update
Addressing street light outages quickly helps improve public safety and the overall quality of life for residents. Currently, there are approximately 9,585 street lights in the City of Alexandria. City staff routinely report street light outages to Dominion Virginia Power, who is responsible for making repairs. Earlier this year, City staff in T&ES and Code Administration collaborated, undertook a systematized review and completed a comprehensive assessment of street light outages, identifying 995 outages throughout the City. Through March 8, 749 street light outages have been repaired, 223 additional outages require additional follow-up on repairs, and 23 outages are in the process of being repaired. Residents can report street light outages directly to Dominion Virginia Power at 866.366.4357, or to the City by calling 703.746.4066.