Updates from Letty & Info Round Up #2 – November 3, 2017

Blog posts are the personal views of Letty Hardi and not official statements or records on behalf of the Falls Church City Council​ 

Dear Friends,

As we head into election weekend, this week’s post will include my final round up of information for the GMHS Bond Referendum. If you are undecided or have questions, I encourage you to read, click, and share with your friends and neighbors. I believe the most important part of this process is to be well informed before you vote. If you missed last week’s post, I included a round up of candidate information too.

**If there is the possibility that you will be unavailable to head to the polls next Tuesday, you may qualify for one of the many reasons to vote in person absentee. Today and tomorrow are your last opportunities!**

I appreciate all of the substantive discussions I’ve had in your living rooms, bus stops, coffee shops, parks, street corners… Next Tuesday’s referendum vote is one gate in the long course that has preceded us and should there be a yes vote, the next step in a long planning process ahead. You have my commitment that there will continue to be a transparent, deliberate process with many opportunities for public input. Regardless of the outcome, we are all neighbors in one little city and I hope to see this level of thoughtful debate and civic engagement as we move forward together.



GMHS Bond Referendum Info:

  • Bond Referendum Language

QUESTION: Shall the City of Falls Church, Virginia, contract a debt and issue its general obligation bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed one hundred twenty million dollars ($120,000,000.00) for the purpose of paying the costs incident to constructing, expanding, reconstructing, renovating, equipping and/or reequipping, in whole or in part, a new or improved High School and part of a middle school in the City of Falls Church, and shall Ordinance No. 1976 of the City authorizing the issuance of such bonds be effective?

  • Full CIP & Tax Rate Modeling (note that while there are comparisons for the Full CIP vs Modified CIP, the Full CIP is what the Council re-adopted this past July, with the addition of the placeholder $120M for GMHS):  presentation slides and video from July 19 Town Hall


Letty’s Blog Posts Covering GMHS:



What’s Coming Up:

  • In Person Absentee Voting is underway. Today and tomorrow are the last days to vote in person absentee. There are many reasons why you could qualify to vote in person absentee, so take a look and see if you qualify and head to City Hall.
  • Today, November 3 – GMHS Economic Development Working Group (730 am, City Council Chambers)
  • Today, November 3 – Economic Development Committee Meeting (915 am, Oak Room)
  • Tuesday, November 7 – Election Day
  • Monday, November 13 at 730 pm – City Council Meeting
  • Looking Ahead – Monday, December 4 – Joint City Council & School Board Work Session – FY19 Planning