Pete’s Votes

Proposal Regarding Changes to the Rules of Procedure

January 7, 2014

On January 6, 2014, I sent a letter to my colleagues on the Board of County Supervisors regarding proposed changes to our Rules of Procedure.  Below is the letter that I sent to my fellow Supervisors outlining my proposed changes to the rules of the Board.

Proposed Changes in Rules of Procedure

You can view my presentation that I made regarding open, transparent government here.

I’ve also listed the individual amendments to the Rules of Procedure below.

Please click here to view the proposed amendment to Section A Meetings, Subsection (a).
Please click here to view the proposed amendment to Section F: Order of Business, Section 4.
Please click here to view the proposed amendment to Section F: Order of Business, Section 2.
Please click here to view the proposed amendment to  Section C: Quorum and Action, Subsection 3(b).
Please click here to view the proposed amendment to Section C: Quorum and Actions, Subsection 5(b).
Please click here to view the proposed amendment to Section I: Miscellaneous, new Subsection 3.

 

Statement on Supervisor Covington’s Proposed Resolution

October 11, 2013

A few days ago, Supervisor Wally Covington (R-Brentsville), proposed a resolution that would extend the deadline for Prince William County personal property taxes due to the severe economic impacts on families as a result of the Federal Government shutdown.

I whole-heartily support Supervisor Covington’s resolution and will push to have this adopted immediately. At a recent Board meeting, I committed that, unless there was an emergency, I wouldn’t support a resolution without the requisite waiting period for the Board and public to review. However, I believe this is an emergency.

We need to act now to extend the personal property tax deadline to allow Prince William County families affected by the government shutdown to get through these tough times. As a Board, we need to show our commitment and understanding to those impacted by the shutdown.

Letter Regarding Increasing Funding to PWC Schools

March 25, 2013

Below is a letter that I sent to the County Executive asking for information on the budget impacts of increasing funding to Prince William County schools by altering the Revenue Share Agreement.

Candland Letter to CXO, 3.25.13

 

 

Putting Prince William County Families First Budget

March 13, 2013

Supervisor Pete Candland is introducing a FY 2014 budget proposal that holds county spending at FY 2013 levels and provides relief to taxpayers. Candland is unveiling his innovative proposal today and will post it online on his website, www.SupervisorCandland.com.

“This new budget guidance is called ‘Putting Prince William County Families First’ because I understand that families are still recovering from the effects of the Great Recession and we need to reduce the tax burden they are facing,” Candland said. “The time has come for us to focus on the economic needs of the families of Prince William County.”

“In the last two years county government has increased spending by more than $40 million and increased revenues from real estate taxes by nearly 10%. Due to the uncertain economic outlook we are facing with Sequestration, increased Federal taxes, and the rise in the cost of living, I am proposing a plan that reduces the growth of county spending and focuses on core services,” Candland continued. “Families in Prince William County are cutting budgets, reducing spending, and making personal sacrifices to protect their families, and it is time for the government to do the same. We need to put more money back into the pockets of the families.”

This new budget guidance will keep average tax bills flat at the same level of FY 2013 tax bills. It also reallocates money to increase funding to the core priorities of local government – education, public safety, and critical infrastructure.

A major element of this proposal is the new “Quality Education Grant” offered to the School Board that will match dollar-for-dollar all new funding that goes directly towards decreasing classroom sizes or increases teacher merit pay. If the School Board accepted the challenge, it would put almost $50 million in new funding to these critical programs in this year alone.

“It is time that we address the issue of the overcrowding in our classrooms and ensure that we’re paying our teachers a competitive wage. With the recent reports on PWC schools poor performance on average SAT scores and the low number of National Merit Scholar Quarter-Finalist nominees, it clearly demonstrates we need to take bold action.”

The Putting PWC Families First budget guidance also addresses public safety by funding the hiring of 24 new fire and rescue personnel, 20 new police officers, and 15 new School Resource Officers.

Finally, the proposal invests in the community infrastructure with park funding to bring more recreation facilities on line for families.

Candland added, “This plan is a collaboration of listening to the families of Prince William County as well as listening to the concerns of my fellow members of the Board. I believe that this guidance addresses many of the needs and shortfalls of our core priorities while providing much needed relief to taxpayers.”

Supervisor Candland is circulating the “Putting Prince William County Families First” plan to the Board of County Supervisors today, and he will continue to refine the plan with input from the Board.

Click here to view the “Putting Prince William Families First” plan.

Oaks III Development

May 5, 2012

I voted to support the Oaks III development in the Occoquan District strictly as a matter of job creation.  This new office complex will add to our office capacity, making the county more desirable for businesses looking to relocate or expand.  If we are to grow the local economy and create jobs right here in Prince William County, it’s important that we already have the resources and infrastructure in place to facilitate job creation.

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Traffic Signal at Waverly Farms Drive

May 5, 2012

I worked with our General Assembly delegation, VDOT, the PWC Transportation office, local HOA’s, and Toll Brothers to ensure that the intersection of Rt. 15 and Waverly Farms Drive opens this summer with a new traffic signal.  The developer had proffered the costs of the traffic signal, but delays with VDOT and flawed traffic studies kept the traffic signal from being built.  With a large church nearby and a new school opening near this intersection, the need for a traffic signal was clear.  By bringing together all parties involved, we were able to get the signal approved, and fast-track it’s installation.

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HB 1076

May 5, 2012

I vocally backed Delegate Tim Hugo and his bill HB 1076, which allows counties to issue special use permits regulating certain types of dump truck traffic.  In some areas of Western Prince William County, landfills are opening on private property, leading to literally hundreds of dump trucks each day on narrow, two-lane roads.  HB 1076 passed the General Assembly, and was signed by the Governor.  I look forward to working with the community to ensure that our roadways are safe from the dangers of excessive dump truck traffic.

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