Archive for February, 2013

Board Approves Real Estate Tax Rate

The Board of County Supervisors voted 5-3 to advertise a real estate tax rate of $1.196 per $100 of assessed value for the FY 2014 Budget. The advertised rate was based on the desire of the Board to reduce the tax rate and reduce the planned 4% annual tax bill growth from the Five Year Plan.

The advertised rate is not the final tax rate for the FY2014 budget. Rather, it allows discussion and establishes the upper limit by which the Board may adopt a final tax rate. On April 23, 2013, the Board will adopt a final real estate tax rate, budget and Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). That rate for the final budget is not permitted to be any higher than the advertised rate of $1.196 per $100 of assessed value established today. However, it may be adopted at a lower rate than the advertised rate.

A public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at the McCoart Building to discuss the advertised tax rate. The hearing provides citizens an opportunity to voice their positions on the advertised tax rate and the FY2014 Budget. Citizens are encouraged to participate and speak on their position with regard to the budget.

For more detailed information on the budget, and complete budget calendar, visit www.pwcgov.org/budget.

Police Target PW Parkway/Telegraph Road Commuter Lot for Education & Enforcement Campaign

The Prince William County Police Department is seeking the commuting public’s cooperation in correcting a safety situation at the commuter lot at the intersection of the Prince William Parkway and Telegraph Road in Woodbridge. An education campaign runs this week, to be followed by enforcement next week.

Police officers have noticed that at the bus stops in this lot, passenger cars are co-mingling with buses in the designated “Bus Only” lane during the morning rush hour. This behavior is unsafe, and forces the buses to stop in the travel lane which further delays through-traffic.

A possible contributing factor is vehicles that are parked in the back of bus-stop islands. The back sides of these islands are traditionally where informal “slug lines” picked up passengers.

Parking a vehicle in these areas is not inside a designated parking space and will no longer be permitted. Violators will be ticketed and/or towed.

4 P.M. Burn Law Goes Into Effect

The Commonwealth’s 4:00 p.m. burn law goes into effect on Friday, February 15, and remains in effect until Tuesday, April 30th. The law prohibits open air burning before the hours of 4:00 p.m. daily if your fire is in or within 300 feet of the woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials. This ban applies to all open burning, including campfires. Approved burning may take place between 4:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight only.

For more information on open burning please call the PWC Fire Marshal’s Office at (703)792-6360 or visit http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/FR/fmo/Pages/Burning-Regulations.aspx.

Support the Police Department as they Ride the Road to Hope

Each May, Law Enforcement United (LEU) holds an annual memorial bike ride to Washington, DC called The Road to Hope. The route is nearly 250 miles long and takes officers through many of Virginia’s largest cities including Williamsburg, Richmond, Fredericksburg and Alexandria. Law enforcement officers nationwide make this arduous journey to honor the service and sacrifice of their law enforcement colleagues who have died in the line of duty. The officers also ride to raise awareness of and provide monetary support to Concerns of Police Survivors© (C.O.P.S.) and Officer Down Memorial Page© (O.D.M.P.).

Each year, members of the Prince William County Police Department participate and they need your support. Each rider must raise $1,350 in order to participate.  If you are interested in donating, please download the 2013 Annual LEU Memorial Bike Ride Donation Form and mail it with your check to Law Enforcement United, Post Office Box 402, Nokesville, Virginia, 20182.

The mission of Law Enforcement United is to: raise public awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, provide monetary support for the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and Officer Down Memorial Page (O.D.M.P.), and assist other charitable organizations that share their common goal.  Their members consist of Federal, State and Local law enforcement officers, survivors (family members of officers that have died in the line of duty), as well as other civilian support staff with one common goal; to honor the service and sacrifice of all law enforcement officers that have died in the line of duty.

C.O.P.S. provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers that have died in the line of duty. Furthermore, C.O.P.S. provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public of the need to support the law enforcement profession and its survivors.

The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc., (ODMP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring America’s fallen law enforcement heroes. More than 19,000 officers have made the ultimate sacrifice in the United States and it is with great honor that the ODMP pays a lasting tribute to each of these officers by preserving their memories within its pages. Law Enforcement United, Inc is a non-profit organization.

Prince William County Names Stephan M. Hudson as New Chief of Police

The Prince William Board of County Supervisors announced Stephan M. Hudson as the new Prince William County Chief of Police. The announcement comes following a nationwide search and competitive hiring process. Applicants across the country applied and interviewed for the highly sought-after position.

Hudson has lived in Prince William County for the past 37 years and has been with the Prince William County Police Department for 30 years. During his time of service he has served as a patrol officer, a plain-clothes detective, Sergeant and First Sergeant supervising units in Juvenile, Academy and Patrol Bureaus and serving in line functions as SWAT team leader and Academy Instructor. He was promoted to the Command Level serving as a Lieutenant and then Captain in charge of Special Operations, Internal Affairs, and Vice/Narcotics Bureaus. Most recently he has served in the Senior Executive Level of the Department as Assistant Chief since 2008, in charge of Operations Division and then Criminal Investigations Division.

Stephan Hudson is a graduate of Gar-Field High School, received his Bachelor of Science in business management from National-Louis University, and his Master of Arts (with honors) in criminal justice from American Public University. He resides in Prince William County with his wife, Roxana, and has two children and three grandchildren, all raised in Prince William County.

Traffic Detour Scheduled for Rixlew Lane

Norfolk Southern will be performing track work over the next two weeks that will affect motorists.  On Tuesday, February 5, traffic on Rixlew Lane will be detoured from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.  The detour route will be Wellington Road to Godwin Drive to Ashton Avenue to Rixlew Lane.