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Tax Relief Forms Due to Commissioner by April 1; Relief Workshops Scheduled

Tax Relief Forms Due to Commissioner by April 1; Relief Workshops Scheduled

From Loudoun County -- Loudoun’s Commissioner of the Revenue, Robert S. Wertz, Jr., recently mailed forms to the more than 2,400 participants in the county’s tax relief program for the elderly or disabled.  Renewal forms must be completed, notarized and returned with a U.S. postmark by the April 1, 2011, filing deadline.  Free information sessions for new applicants have been scheduled throughout the month of March to familiarize residents with the program’s eligibility criteria. 

Meet the Artist Behind the Leesburg Town Hall Loudoun County Photography Exhibit

Meet the Artist Behind the Leesburg Town Hall Loudoun County Photography Exhibit

Gary Mester is the photographer behind “The Nature of Virginia: Images of Loudoun” exhibit which is currently on display on the first floor of Leesburg Town Hall. Mester has been a photographer for 12 years now. Originally from New Jersey, the Air Force moved Mester to Northern Virginia in 1974. He currently resides in Chantilly, but has explored many parts of Loudoun County with his camera.

“Nothing stays the same. Everything here is so fragile,” said Mester. He feels that people don’t really get out and explore as much; Loudoun County has so much to offer, for example: Aldie Mill and the handful of wineries. His photographs represent ten years of local history and including landscapes and a wide-range of Loudoun County community events. While Mester's favorite type of photography is of "flowers and butterflies," he finds people extremely interesting and continues to photograph a variety of things.

Opportunities are Available to Participate in County Government

Opportunities are Available to Participate in County Government

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors encourages residents to become actively involved in their county government. There are currently opportunities for people to serve on the following advisory boards, commissions and committees.

• Advisory Commission on Youth: One at-large representative, Leesburg District

• Animal Advisory Committee: Dulles District

• Commission on Aging: Blue Ridge District

• Community Criminal Justice Board: At-large representative, Broad Run & Potomac Districts

• Commuter Bus Advisory Board: At-large representative

• Courthouse Grounds and Facility Committees: At-large representatives

• Disability Services Board: At-large representatives

• Family Services Board: At-large representative

• Housing Advisory Board: One for-profit affordable housing developer; One at-large public representative

Loudoun Procurement Office Invites Area Vendors to Buyer/Seller Information Exchange Sessions

Loudoun Procurement Office Invites Area Vendors to Buyer/Seller Information Exchange Sessions

Loudoun Procurement Office Invites Area Vendors to Buyer/Seller Information Exchange Sessions

Learn how to do business with Loudoun County.  All local area vendors are invited to attend Loudoun County Procurement’s 2010-2011 Buyer/Seller Information Exchange Sessions.  The purpose of these sessions is to provide information on the County’s procurement processes and upcoming contracts. Each presentation will conclude with the opportunity to address vendor questions and concerns and to meet the County's procurement staff. 

Representatives of area businesses are invited to attend.                                  

Loudoun County Offers Online Service Response Card

Loudoun County Offers Online Service Response Card

How did we do?  To better serve the citizens of Loudoun County, the county government is asking for customer feedback through a convenient online form.

“We are committed as an organization to providing the highest level of customer service,” said Harry Walsh, Loudoun County Citizens Relations Manager. “A good way to assess the quality of our service is to hear directly from our customers. I encourage everyone who has had a recent transaction or interaction with a county department to fill out an online Service Response Card.”

If you had a recent transaction with a county government department, please consider going online to fill out a County of Loudoun Service Response Card. You will be asked to describe and rate the service you received. There is also a space for comments. The card is online at www.loudoun.gov/responsecard.

Board of Supervisors Approves Amendments to Loudoun County Sign Ordinance

Board of Supervisors Approves Amendments to Loudoun County Sign Ordinance

From Loudoun County - The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has approved amendments to the Loudoun County sign ordinance, which revise and create new standards for business signs for commercial uses and add off-site directional signs for certain uses. The Board also approved associated amendments to the schedule of fees for land development applications. The amendments are effective March 1, 2011.

Revision of the county’s sign ordinance is part of the Board’s Strategic Plan. The goals of the revisions include making Loudoun County’s sign regulations friendlier to businesses and preserving community standards regarding the proliferation of roadside signage and billboards.

Public May Sign Up in Advance to Speak at Budget Public Hearings

Public May Sign Up in Advance to Speak at Budget Public Hearings

Advance sign-ups are now being taken for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors’ public hearings on the proposed Fiscal Year 2012 (FY 12) fiscal plan for the county government.

Hearings will be held on Wednesday, February 23, 2010, beginning at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., at the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E., in Leesburg.  An additional hearing at the Government Center will be advertised for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, February 24, if needed.  A hearing is also scheduled at the Loudoun County Public Schools Administration Building, located at 21000 Education Court in Ashburn, at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 26.