Friday, April 5, 2013
A Prince William County jury indicted Robin Howard on six charges of embezzling from an association of auditors.
The former head of Prince William County's Audit Services Department is accused of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars—from an association of auditors. A grand jury in Prince William County this week indicted Robin Howard on six charges of embezzlement. In addition to working as the director of Prince William's auditing department, Howard previously volunteered as the president and treasurer of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Howard is accused of embezzling over $50,000 from the institute. He left the position, and his job in Prince William County, at the end of 2011 to work as the assistant general manager for audit at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
County staff's proposed budget with 4 percent increase shaved to just over 3.5 percent.
The projected tax rate increase for residential property owners was lowered Tuesday by the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, and may see sharper cuts before the budget reaches final approval this spring. In preparing for budget negotiations, Prince William County staff developed a budget that assumed an average tax bill increase of 4 percent for residential property owners. Tasked Tuesday with determining the maximum increase that residents may expect on their tax bills, the board of supervisors voted 5-3 on an increase of slightly more than 3.5 percent. Are you willing to pay more on your tax bill for county services? Why? Tell us in the comments section below. As the advertised rate, that can be reduced over the next two months…
Friday, January 25, 2013
The county will explore the possibility of one day sharing a firing range with the FBI and the City of Manassas.
It's still unclear where the FBI will move its headquarters, but Prince William County may have a shot at sharing a firing range with the federal agency and the City of Manassas. The Board of County Supervisors on Tuesday directed County Executive Melissa Peacor to explore the possibility of a shared firing range between the FBI, the county and the City of Manassas. The new range, if approved by the supervisors, would likely be constructed at county-owned land in Nokesville. The existing range is over 18 years old and was not designed for use as a rifle range. Documents posted on the county website indicate that the FBI would pay $150,000 for a master plan study to determine the feasibility of a new shared site. The City of Manassas has…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Board of County Supervisors cut two printed newsletters, voted to focus resources on online communication.
Prince William County will shift its methods of communication with taxpayers to match the changing times, with staff members publishing more information online and less in printed newsletters. The Board of County Supervisors unanimously voted on Tuesday to reduce the number of printed newsletters it produces each year, and use the savings to spend on staff members who can instead publish information on the county's website and via social media. County Executive Melissa Peacor said that the intent was to provide information more quickly during emergencies and other time-sensitive cases. "Never in my life did I think we'd have an earthquake, but during an emergency situation, online media is really the only way we can communicate," Peacor …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Prince William County stands to lose millions of dollars in direct federal funding, the deputy county executive said.
Prince William stands to lose millions of dollars in federal funding if sequestration proceeds as scheduled—and even if the United States doesn't fall off the "fiscal cliff," the county could still face challenges in the upcoming year, a county official said. The federal government is scheduled to cut $1.2 trillion in spending over a 10-year period beginning Jan. 1; half from the domestic budget and half from the defense budget. One hundred forty-nine programs, such as Social Security, are exempt from cuts. While Congress and the White House continue to bat competing proposals to resolve the issue back and forth, sequestration remains the law of the land. The federal government is poised to cut 8.2 percent ($38 billion) in the fiscal …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The Washington Post reported that the two would campaign in several battleground states Monday.
Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama will campaign in Prince William County on Monday, although details about when and where the duo will be were not immediately available Thursday morning. According to the Washington Post, Clinton and Obama will appear in Florida and Ohio as well as PWC on Monday. The Obama for America - Virginia campaign told Patch information regarding the local campaign stop was not immediately available. Weather-wise, as of 10 a.m. on Thursday morning, forecasts for Hurricane Sandy suggest that the hurricane could affect the mid-Atlantic area Monday — which could change campaign plans, although a contingency plan has not been released. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be campaigning at …
Monday, October 8, 2012
Buyers are searching for cheap real estate in Prince William County, but developers are primarily building apartments.
Pockets of real estate in Prince William are in high demand as people move to the area in search of affordable housing—but construction of new homes remains slow in a renter's market, a county official said Tuesday. As the county plans its financial future for the next several years, real estate is on the forefront of the agenda. There's some positive things happening locally with the housing market and jobs, said Steven Solomon, director of Prince William's finance department. The county seems to be going through a certain amount of healthy turnover, with foreclosures slowing down and more people snapping up lower-priced real estate. "We have a very hot housing market in Prince William County," said Solomon, who gave a presentation at …
Friday, September 14, 2012
The month is a time to raise awareness about emergency preparation.
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors voted on Tuesday to declare September 2012 National Preparedness Month. The month is a time to "raise awareness about the importance about emergency preparedness and to encourage all Prince William County employees and residents to prepare for disasters in their homes, businesses and communities," the declaration reads. Click on the .PDF file to the right to read the entire document. Patrick Collins, Prince William Count's Emergency Services Manager, gave a few brief remarks at the board's meeting and urged residents to be prepared for an emergency. He recommended that households keep an emergency supply kit and one gallon of water per person on hand, and be prepared to be self-sufficient …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors commemorates the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors issued a declaration on Tuesday that commemorates Sept. 17, the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. The Board "urges citizens to reflect on the importance of active citizenship and recognize the enduring strength of our Constitution," the declaration reads. The United States has observed Constitution Day since 2004. Click on the .PDF file to the right to see the declaration from the Board of County Supervisors.
Monday, September 10, 2012
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors will meet on Tuesday to discuss the social services budget and a number of other items.
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors will vote Tuesday on a revised Social Services budget, which would increase expenditures by $782,337. The county sets its budget before the state. Now that the Virginia Department of Social Services has set its funding levels, the county budget's budget for social services has to be adjusted. The revenue increase amounts to $875,141. Since the county proposes to set aside a one-time increase for social services, in addition to the $782,337, it will ultimately save $60,627 as a result of the changes. Click on the .PDF file to the right for additional details. Topics of public hearings at the Tuesday BOCS meeting include: The BOCS will also consider various budget amendments. They include: The …