Friday, April 10, 2015

Vihstadt Exposes FAAC Charade at Budget Work Session

Hey Yupette,

I tuned into the County Board - County Manager Budget Work Session yesterday, broadcast over the County's Web site. It's great that we elected John Vihstadt. He asks lots of important questions and the Democrats on County Board and in the County Manager's Office are annoyed.

One question he asked the Chairman of the Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission yesterday was "Who votes for the FAAC's recommendations?" Turns out the authorized strength of the FAAC is 15 members, 13 presently serve on the Commission, and typically 8 (or fewer) show up for a meeting. Turns out that the votes for FAAC's various budget line item recommendation take place over weeks and whomever shows up for a meeting votes. The FAAC is supposed to reflect what County residents want or don't want, since we don't get to debate budget line items with the County Board and County Manager. But it appears the FAAC votes for or against budget line items reflect various constituencies whose members show up at FAAC meetings and vote for what interests them. But we already knew the annual Budget meetings are a big charade, and FAAC is a small part.

Thanks for this blog.

 Ken, 22207

24 Comments:

At 10 April, 2015 , Anonymous 2100 said...

JV also asked whether the County's red light traffic cameras conform to national standards that stipulate how long the yellow light stays lighted when a signal turns from green to red. He did not get an answer from County transportation staff, though Dennis Leach was seated in the County Board room.

 
At 10 April, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Democrats are taking the line that the upscale amenities offered to Arlingtonians via a bloated bureaucracy are worth whatever we are charged in taxes and fees.

 
At 10 April, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It gets worse. Nada Tejada stated today that Arlington is wonderful because owners of single family homes can get mulch home-delivered delivered free of charge by DES.

 
At 10 April, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, $#!+ Are we going to become like Yellow Dog Democrat Falls Church?

 
At 10 April, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mulch delivered free of charge paid for by condo owners who not only have to pay for having their own condo community's grounds mulched but pay taxes for free delivery of mulch to the richey riches who own $2 million McMansions..

 
At 10 April, 2015 , Anonymous 2100 also said...

Yupette,

CB will not raise residential real estate tax rats this year, will work to preserve the Artisphere, will not approve Wilson School preservation.

2100 also

 
At 10 April, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My, My, My, How ACDC's priorities have changed over 20 years...from free lunch to free mulch.

 
At 10 April, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL...from Free Lunch Bunch to Free Mulch Bunch.

 
At 10 April, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

School Board is demanding the County Board provide a site for a new elementary school in South Arlington IMMEDIATELY.

 
At 10 April, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Artisphere will be bailed out...

 
At 10 April, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wilson School will be demolished...

 
At 10 April, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Real Progressives long abandoned the FAAC.

 
At 10 April, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So have fiscal conservatives.

 
At 10 April, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Entire f****** Budget process is a f****** charade, year after year.

 
At 10 April, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leave Arlington NOW, before the Hipsters take over.

 
At 10 April, 2015 , Anonymous Alvin Munchkin said...

Waaaa...Waaaa....I want to ride totally free range on my bicycle. Where is the protection from ACPD that would allow me to do that in the FY 16 Budget?

 
At 10 April, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ramping up in Rosslyn later this year.

 
At 10 April, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

GO JV !!!

 
At 10 April, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who comes after Barbara Donnellan? A Harvard Elitist County Manager? I hope not!

 
At 10 April, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nada Tejada also stated that Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy ignored legal advice that would have allowed her to escape the County's expected $13 million liability for multi-jurisdiction personals services firms who were assessed BPOL tax for providing services outside Arlington.

 
At 11 April, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barbara was bad enough...constantly lecturing everyone about everything.

 
At 11 April, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is there an opponent for Ingrid Morroy?

 
At 11 April, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leave Arlington NOW, before the Hipsters take over.

 
At 11 April, 2015 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correction - Leave Arlington NOW, before the Pimp and Hoe Hipsters take over.

 

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