Thursday, December 2, 2010

Donnellan - Show Will Go On

Hi Yupette,

Surprise - there were no surprises from Barbara Donnellan's budget presentation tonight. The show will go on in Arlington County during FY 2012. County will experience a $25 million to $35 million budget shortfall. The school population will grow by 1,000 students next year; and the school population will increase from 21,500 today to more than 26,000 within a few years. County Board's priorities and spending will essentially remained unchanged, except there may be more funds in next year's budget for more pet projects. Assuming Congress doesn't defund everything having to do with civilian federal agencies. Thanks for the blog.

Mark

10 Comments:

At 02 December, 2010 , Anonymous Pikester said...

Oh well....

 
At 02 December, 2010 , Anonymous Cathy Y. said...

I decided a few months ago to rent my TH and move to a warmer climate. Donnellan can't get the streets decently plowed. She can find money for the County Board for all kinds of entertainment and recreation projects. I am not going to be housebound for a month while the money for snow plowing goes to the Artisphere. Last winter was enough.

 
At 02 December, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Cathy...that succinctly sums up Arlington County's past, present, and future.

 
At 02 December, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donnellan admitted that the Artisphere is going to be sucking money out of the PRCR budget well into the future.

 
At 02 December, 2010 , Anonymous fed up County Staff said...

Donellan also admitted under "intense questioning" that the Crystal City TIF will indeed suck between 82 and 112 million dollars out of the General Fund by 2016.

 
At 02 December, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To benefit the greedy REITs.

 
At 03 December, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did someone in a previous posting mention there will be 200 trailer classrooms within 8 years? If I were a parent with a 6 year old in first grade I would be pretty concerned.

 
At 03 December, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donnellan isn't concerned about basic services (like snow plowing) at all. Only about how to make the County Board's pet projects happen.

 
At 03 December, 2010 , Anonymous G. said...

Worst meeting I've ever attended. Donnellan did a 'don't worry be happy' presentation, county staff asked trivia questions of the audience, then the audience was 'facilitated'.

 
At 03 December, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take a look at the County Board's December 11th agenda and see how much they are spending to gold plate infrastructure.

 

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