Tuesday, November 19, 2013

FY 2015 Financial Forecast and Budget Guidance: County Can't Afford Zimmerman's $treetcar

Hey Yupette,

Did you read Barbara Donnellan's FY 2015 FY 2015 Financial Forecast and Budget Guidance Report - Agenda Item 30 at tonight's County Board meeting? We can expect low to moderate growth in revenues between FY 2015 and FY 2020, with increasing costs for schools, for County Government, and for the County Board's pet projects - Artisphere, Aquatic Center, and Zimmerman Streetcar.  No mention of where the money would come for the $500 million Zimmerman Streetcar except from the Transportation Fund. Anyway, budget deficit is projected to be $7.7 million for FY 15, increasing substantially every year until at least FY 20. Check out the report at arlingtonva.us.

Ted - also from 2100

Monday, November 18, 2013

Zimmerman's Legacy to Arlington: Neighborhoods as Regional Party Zones

Hey Yupette,

Thanks for info about the Jumbotronzation of our neighborhoods. Know what's behind this? In the event you missed Saturday's County Board meeting, Chris Zimmerman wants his "Legacy" to Arlington to be the complete yupscale urbanization of Arlington's neighborhoods into regional party zones. Including the entire Pike corridor. That's why anything goes when comes to sector plans, general land use plan, zoning, and site plans. As Roving Ambassador for Smart Growth Zimmy isn't going to be around Arlington to suffer the consequences, nor will VIP County Staff who make the so-called "planning" decisions, don't live in the County, and are near retirement. Zimmy et. al. are seeing the County lose high-paying federal and federal contractor jobs and are desperate to keep the economic bubble growing. So their "planning" for the next 20 years involves bringing people with huge amounts of disposable income to live, play, and pay taxes of all kinds in Arlington County. Of course, as in all Ponzi schemes, that assumes there are an infinite number of people with large amounts of disposable income who want to live, play, and pay ever-increasing taxes in Arlington County.