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Resolution

A Resolution to AMEND the board of supervisors’

legislative proposals for the 2003 general assembly

WHEREAS, Fauquier County has a variety of issues and interests which require legislative action by the Virginia General Assembly; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) has requested submission of such legislative proposals for consideration in the 2003 VACo Legislative Program;

WHEREAS, on June 17, 2002, the Board of Supervisors adopted its Legislative Proposals for the 2003 General Assembly Session; and

WHEREAS, from time to time the Board of Supervisors may amend its Legislative Program to include additional legislative priorities and issues; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 18th day of November 2002, That the Board of Supervisors 2003 Legislative Program be, and is hereby, amended as follows:

Legislative Priorities:

§         Adequate Public Facilities - Fauquier County supports Adequate Public Facilities legislation, which would permit high growth localities, as part of their subdivision or zoning ordinance, to determine whether public facilities are adequate to support the services which will be required by the proposed subdivision or rezoning.

§         Impact Fees - Fauquier County continues to support legislation that would allow localities the option to assess impact fees for School Construction and other essential government services in lieu of voluntary cash proffers.

§         School Funding  - Fauquier County supports the full funding of the State’s share of the Standards of Quality, full funding of any categorical educational mandate, including pay raises, and full funding of the State’s portion of the Standards of Learning relating to instructional technology. Fauquier County also supports increased funding for School Construction.

§         Cost of Competing - Fauquier County respectfully requests those State legislators representing Fauquier County introduce legislation to incorporate Fauquier County into the Cost of Competing School Funding Formula.

§         Local Revenue Authority: Fauquier County opposes any measure that would eliminate or reduce any local government revenue authority.

§         Local Government Zoning and Land Use Authority - Fauquier County opposes any further dilution of the zoning and land use regulatory authority of local governments.

§         Revenue Sharing - Fauquier County strongly supports any legislative proposal that results in the State sharing a portion of its income tax revenues (within its existing rate structure)  with localities and which provides local flexibility in determining how it should be used.

§         Increased Local Authority - Fauquier County supports legislation to provide for increased local authority in planning, zoning and revenue matters through a statutory relaxation of the Dillon Rule.  The relaxation of the Dillon Rule should not, however, be accompanied by a shift of responsibility for various programs from the state government to local government.

§         Purchase of Development Rights: Fauquier County supports increased state funding for the purchase of conservation easements and other land conservation needs.

 

·        Transfer Tax: Fauquier County supports legislation that would enable counties and cities, through local option, to enact a real estate transfer tax.

·        Land Use Taxation: Fauquier County supports legislation which would lengthen the Use Value Taxation roll-back period to at least ten years.

 

Proposed Additions Presented for Board of Supervisors

Consideration November 18, 2002

 

Affordable Housing: The Board of Supervisors respectfully requests those State legislators representing Fauquier County introduce legislation to include Fauquier under the provisions of Section 15.2304 of the Virginia Code which would enable Fauquier County to require affordable housing. Note - the current Section of the Virginia Code which applies to Fauquier County,15.2305, allows localities to create and implement programs that encourage production of such housing.  This proposed position was discussed as part of the Affordable Housing Work Session 10/21/02.

Vehicle Safety Inspections: The Board of Supervisors respectfully requests those State legislators representing Fauquier County introduce legislation to add Fauquier County to the list of jurisdictions contained within Virginia Code Section 46.2.1001 authorized to perform vehicles safety inspections on any motor vehicle, trailer or semi-trailer. This proposed position is being offered for discussion by Supervisor Winkelmann.

Water Resources Planning:  Fauquier County supports a comprehensive study of the Commonwealth's surface and groundwater resources. This proposed position is being offered for discussion following its inclusion in the Clarke County Legislative Plan.

Land Use Taxation: Fauquier County supports legislation which would allow local governments the option of excluding commercial, industrial, and/or residentially zoned properties from the Land Use Taxation Program. Fauquier County further supports the local option to exclude properties within designated service districts as may be contained within a locality's Comprehensive Plan. The proposed position contained within the first sentence is being offered for discussion following its inclusion in the Clarke County Legislative Plan.