Even more than January, September has always felt like the beginning of the year to me and now that my daughter has started kindergarten, my family and I are fully back in the rhythm of the school calendar year.
August was a transitional month for my family—my daughter’s last days as a preschooler and a time for my wife and me to adjust to having a child in school. (I sure would like to know how they grow up so fast!) In addition to mulling over that family milestone, I’ve also been thinking a lot about the role of our government. The fact that just about every August day had a story about congress and the possibility of a government shutdown certainly made me appreciate my board colleagues who work across the aisle, communicate, and compromise to get things done.
I also remembered a discussion I had with a constituent some years back when he called my office to complain about paying County property taxes. He believed we should have a cafeteria form of government where no one should pay for services not used. In his case, he said he used no County services so therefore there was no reason for him to pay County property tax. And then he told me all about how he runs for an hour early every morning and prefers to do that at Fairfax County parks because of their excellent and well maintained trails.
Fairfax County provides an array of services to its residents, one of the reasons we’re known for our high quality of life and stable economy. On September 21, I’ll be bringing those services directly to Lee District residents at a resource fair from 9 am to noon at the Franconia Governmental Center. You’ll be able to get immediate information and advice from an array of county agencies including such topics as zoning violations and property maintenance, parking, drainage, consumer affairs, road construction, streetlights, trash, building permits, health, and the like.
There’s no need to register in advance—just walk in and take advantage of services to help your neighborhood.