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Agenda and Minutes of the meeting of April 4, 2006

John T. Hazel Auditorium, Arlington Hospital

Agenda - April 4, 2006


1. Pledge of Allegiance (formal start of meeting)
2. Approval of Agenda
3. Approval of Minutes (March 7, 2006)
4. Treasurer's Report
5. Arlington County Treasurer and Commissioner Presentation (20 minutes)
6. ACCF Revenues & Expenditures Committee Budget Program (60 minutes)
7. Unfinished Business
a. Arlington County Sidewalk Presentation (15 minutes)
b. ACCF Sidewalk Resolution (15 Minutes)
8. New Business/Announcements
9. Adjournment

Minutes - April 4, 2006 Membership Meeting

President Smaldore called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm.

1. The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Ingrid Morroy, Arlington County Commissioner of the Revenue, and Frank O'Leary, Arlington County Treasurer.

2. The agenda was approved as submitted.

3. Approval of Minutes. The minutes from the March 7, 2006 membership meeting were distributed for approval, and approved as submitted.

4. Treasurer's Report. Balances: Checking $7012.60, Savings $1082.42, Combined $8095.02, Reserved for 9-11 Scholarship Fund $802.00, Net Available $7293.02. US Postal Bulk Mail Account $65.66. Dues for the current fiscal year have been paid by 78 of 82 member organizations.

5. President Patrick Smaldore the speakers, Arlington County Commissioner Ingrid H. Morroy and Arlington County Treasurer, Francis X. O'Leary. Ms. Morroy and Mr. O'Leary made a presentation on the operation of their offices, answered questions from the membership, and provided copies of a report entitled "Report to the Citizens - 2006."

6. President Smaldore introduced a 'Special Rule' for consideration of the ACCF Revenues & Expenditures Committee report and recommendations on the 'Manager's Proposed Budget for FY2007. The Special Rule, which had been previously announced in the ACCF April newsletter, provided for consideration of the report and recommendations as a package, without amendment of or voting on individual recommendations contained in the report. If the motion to adopt the Special Rule failed, then each recommendation of the report would be subject to amendment, or a yes or no vote. A motion to adopt the Special Rule was then introduced by R&E Committee Chairman Burt Bostwick, and seconded. Following discussion of the proposed Special Rule, it was approved by a vote of 29-14. Schools Committee Chair Beth Wolffe and R&E Committee Chair Burt Bostwick reviewed for the membership their recommendations concerning the Manager's Proposed Budget for FY2007. The principal recommendations were:

    1) For a cut in the tax rate of $0.09 to $0.788 per $100 assessed value.

    2) Against a proposed increase in the personal property tax from $4.40 to $5.00 per $100 in assessed value.

    3) Against funding of $3,785,430 of the APS Superintendent's proposed new initiatives for FY 2007.

    4) For recommending steps the County should take to control and/or reduce costs´┐Ż

The entire report can be found on the CivFed web site at www.civfed.org After discussion and a question and answer session, the package was approved by the membership by a vote of 38-11.

7. Martha Moore and Bill Gearhart of the Planning and Zoning Committee discussed the implications of the recently passed Arlington County Board amendment concerning the transfer of density rights (TDRs). The Board directed the County to undertake a 'public process' prior to final implementation of the amendment. Colleen Connor, a planner for DCPHD attended the presentation and has been designated the individual responsible for conducting the public process, and her presence at the meeting was the first of a number of meetings intended to solicit and consider public concerns.

7. Unfinished Business:

    A. Roger Morton and Burt Bostwick of the Revenues and Expenditures Committee presented a resolution for consideration dealing with 'Aligning Revenues with Budget Cycle'. After discussion, the resolution was passed by a vote of 21-11, with five abstentions.

    B. John Antonelli of the Columbia Height Civic Association presented a resolution concerning Arlington County Board salaries. After discussion, a vote was taken and the proposal failed.

8. New Business, Announcements and Introductions
    A. A draft resolution concerning the Arlington County policy on sidewalks was introduced by John Shepherd and referred to the Transportation Committee for consideration.
The meeting adjourned at 9:30 PM.

Submitted: Burt Bostwick, Secretary

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