Archive for November, 2012

Results of the 2012 Community Survey

The results of the 2012 Community Survey were presented to the Board of County Supervisors during their meeting held on November 20. The 2012 survey is the 19th resident survey conducted by Prince William County; the last survey was conducted in 2010. The Board decided to conduct the survey every other year, which allows the County time to implement changes based on the survey results and then survey the outcomes of those changes.

Of the residents surveyed:
• 85 percent feel they are getting good value for their tax dollars. This is up from 83 percent in 2010.
• The majority is very positive about the overall quality of life in the community and feels it compares well to other communities – 54 percent said overall quality of life meets/exceeds expectations and 39 percent says it strongly exceeds expectations; 92 percent said the quality of life in the county is the same, better or much better than other communities.
• 90 percent agree the overall quality of County services meets or exceeds their expectations.
• 90 percent agree that overall the County’s services are efficient and effective.
• 85 percent trust the County government to do the right thing. This is up from 63 percent in 2010.
• The majority wants the County to keep both taxes and services the same (66 percent), while 10 percent want the County to increase taxes and services; and 20 percent want to decrease taxes and services.
• 92 percent agree that County employees are courteous and helpful.
• 93 percent feel safe in their neighborhoods and commercial areas.
• 84 percent feel that they easily get around by car in the county (up from 64 percent in 2010), compared to 75 percent feel that they can easily get around by car in Northern Virginia.
• 68 percent agree that transportation and road systems adequately support residential 
 
Prince William County does a community survey to assess resident perceptions of the overall quality of life in the county; to assess perceptions of County services; to identify subgroups which may be underserved; and to address specific and relevant topics of interest.

The survey was conducted between August 28, 2012, and September 23, 2012, by independent research firm ORC International. It represents a random address-based sample of 1,727 residents in the County. 

More information about the survey is available at www.pwcgov.org/accountability.

County Earns Distinguished Budget Award for 26th Consecutive Year

Prince William County has earned the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the FY 2013 Budget. This is the 26th consecutive year that Prince William County has received this award, which is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting. The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award represents a significant achievement for a government and its management. Nationwide, only 6 percent of localities receive the award for their budget document, and only 20 of the 95 counties in Virginia received the award in in 2011 (the last year for which statistics are available).

The budget process in Prince William County has extensive opportunities for citizen input, including community meetings, citizen budget committees and public hearings. The next public budget information meeting is scheduled for November 17, 2012, at 9 a.m. in the James J. McCoart Building Board Chambers, 1 County Complex Court, Prince William, VA  22192. The proposed FY 2014 budget will be presented to the Board of County Supervisors in February 2013, and the Board is scheduled to adopt the budget in May 2013. The entire budget calendar, as well as the FY 2013 budget, can be viewed online at www.pwcgov.org/budget.

Please call the Office of Management and Budget at 703-792-6720 for more information.

Coles Office is Drop Off Site for Annual Toys for Tots Program

My office is participating as a drop off location during this year’s Toys for Tots annual holiday toy drive. You can drop off new, unwrapped toys at my office until December 17, 2012.

Toys must be new and unwrapped, clothes and used toys cannot be accepted. Please drop off used toys and clothing to churches and shelters in your neighborhood.

Toys for Tots is also looking for volunteers help sorting thousands of toys at local distribution centers. Donations of food and drinks for the volunteer workers are appreciated.

 

Toys for Tots is a national charity program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which collects and distributes toys to less fortunate children whose parents may be struggling financially and unable to purchase gifts during the traditional Christmas holiday season.

Operation Turkey Food Donations Needed

SERVE, a program of Northern Virginia Family Service, is asking area residents to donate non-perishable food to the annual Operation Turkey food drive to help feed low-income people in Prince William County this Thanksgiving. Donations will be accepted at my office which is located at 13476 Dumfries Road in Manassas until November 15th. Donations will also be accepted at the Manassas Adventist Prep School gym on November 10th, 15th and 16th. The school is located at 8225 Barrett Drive in Manassas.

Suggested food items are pie crust and muffin mixes, stuffing, Bisquick, instant mashed potatoes, pasta, rice, boxed desserts, sugar, evaporated milk, pie crusts, peanut butter and jelly, and canned or jarred goods such as meats, vegetables, fruits, pie filling and gravy. Donations toward Thanksgiving baskets are also welcome.

For more information about Operation Turkey,  including how to donate or volunteer, call (571)748-2626.