Updates from Letty – May 6, 2022

This week’s post will be short and sweet. (1) We adopted the FY23 budget in record time this week. And it’s a great budget that responds to many of the top priorities while being fiscally responsible. Besides a quick recap, read on for the adds/subtracts we made along the way […]

Updates from Letty – April 29, 2022

We’re set to adopt the budget and capital improvements program next week, and it is eerily calm (I hope this doesn’t jinx it). Typically the weekend before the final budget vote, there is still much work and negotiation underway, sometimes with multiple options of budget ordinances developed right up until […]

Updates from Letty – April 21, 2022

You may notice that this week’s post is about 12 hours earlier than usual – I’m hitting your inboxes early as a reminder to tune into the final budget town hall tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm. We’re also happy to hear from you via email or during public comment at […]

Updates from Letty – April 8, 2022

We are in the busy season now – a long work session this week and the first of two votes on the budget is scheduled for Monday. For those who are new to budget season in Falls Church – we take two votes on the budget. The first vote is […]

Updates from Letty – April 1, 2022

We had a big meeting this week with two headlines: we kicked off budget season (8.5 cent tax rate reduction proposed) and Founders Row 2 was up for a final vote (5-2 vote to proceed). And today, the new 5¢ plastic tax goes into effect at grocery stores, convenience stores, […]

Updates from Letty – March 25, 2022

This week’s post will be short and sweet. Your top 3: In our work session, we reviewed the East End small area plan underway (East End, as you may have guessed, is the eastern part of the city – where the Eden Center, BJs, and Falls Green are located). If […]

Updates from Letty – March 18, 2022

This week’s City Council meeting was brief, but it was notable that it was our first in person + mask optional meeting in 2 years! Lots of other activity and news outside of our meeting – read on for more info on: 2022 real estate assessments and my thoughts (remember, […]

Updates from Letty – March 11, 2022

With the unwanted two year anniversary of Covid this weekend, it seems like we’re finally approaching some sort of new normal. The updated CDC metrics and guidance on masks is welcome to allow us to dial up/dial down mitigation as needed. As long as we remain in low or moderate […]

Updates from Letty – February 25, 2022

With chaos at home and abroad, I am grateful that this is usually the quieter lull of the year for the City Council. The School Board adopted their budget this week and City staff have been putting together the general government budget, which means we’re about a month out from […]

Updates from Letty – February 18, 2022

This week’s post will be short and sweet. (We had a two hour meeting, which is short by our standards.) Besides the affordable housing grants discussed last week, we also received an annual report from the CACT, our volunteer board on all things transportation. This is a good time to […]

Updates from Letty – February 11, 2022

Our work session this week was largely focused on exciting affordable housing initiatives on the horizon. We have been making remarkable progress in affordable housing in recent years and with the city successfully winning two rounds of Amazon grants totaling over $7M, we’ll be able to fund new priorities like […]