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Dominion Doubles Down on the I-66 Above Ground Option

December 12, 2016

In a move that will significantly hurt thousands of families who live in the western end of Prince William County, Dominion re-affirmed their position that they believe the I-66 Overhead option is the routing plan the State Corporation Commission (SCC) should select. In their response to the recommendations of the SCC Hearing Examiner, Dominion stated that the 679 homes within 500 ft. of the 120 ft. power lines are not significant enough to warrant the cost to pay for under-grounding.

This is a slap in the face to the very rate-payers they claim to be trying to protect.  It is clear that with Dominion, this has very little to do with the rate-payer, but more with protecting big businesses who want the taxpayers to pay for their profits.

Dominion is not the only bad actor in this story. The owners of the proposed data center are also accountable. Since the County struck a deal with the owners of the data center, I cannot by law call them by name (even though we all know who they are). With this being the holiday season, I will simply refer to them as “The Grinch”.

The SCC Hearing Examiner reviewed thousands of comments from residents in Western Prince William County who nearly unanimously agreed that if the powerlines had to be built, Dominion should use the proposed I-66 Hybrid Route (which would bury the powerlines along I-66) and that The Grinch should pay for it.

Yet last month, the Hearing Examiner recommended the SCC Commissioners adopt a different proposed route. One that would have such a dramatically negative impact on many homeowners that Dominion Power had previously rejected it as being unacceptable.

This route, known as the Carver Road route, did not receive any attention during the three public hearings held by the Hearing Examiner because no one believed it was a viable route option. Yet inexplicably, the Hearing Examiner recommended this route because it is “cheaper” than the I-66 Hybrid route.

The Hearing Examiner also said that he just did not think it would be fair to force The Grinch to pay for the power line extension.

Now Dominion Power in their response to the Hearing Examiner’s report, is swooping in and demanding that the SCC accept the I-66 Overhead route as the only acceptable alternative, even though it will ruin our historical view scape, significantly erode the property values of thousands of homes, and do irreparable harm to our quality of life; all to serve the economic interests of The Grinch.

The Grinch could have located their data center just a few miles away at a site that already has power and that is zoned for data centers. However in this instance, The Grinch is being a bully and has already started construction on the new data center near Haymarket, even though their personal power line has not even been approved.

The only acceptable option for me, for the thousands of citizens who joined in petitioning the SCC, and for every local political official who represents the impacted area, is to continue to support the I-66 Hybrid route that buries the power line and requires The Grinch to pay for it.

It is incredibly disappointing that Dominion Power, the Hearing Examiner, and The Grinch are doing everything they can to place the burden of cost of this new power line onto homeowners who will only see a significant reduction in their property values as a result.

I encourage everyone to read the latest response from the Coalition to Protect Prince William County to the Hearing Examiner and Dominion Power. The Coalition is working hard to protect the interests of citizens who will be unfairly penalized. That document can be found at the following link:

http://www.protectpwc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Coalition-Response-to-Hearing-Examiner-Recommendation-120616.pdf

I will continue to update you on this issue as it unfolds, and ask that you continue to stand in solidarity against this egregious and greedy action.

Holiday Party- 6-8pm Friday December 16 @ Parks at Piedmont Clubhouse

December 9, 2016

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Friends of the Gainesville Library Holiday Book Sale

November 22, 2016

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Election Day is Almost Here!

October 4, 2016

The 2016 Voting Season is almost upon us! Deadline to register to vote is Monday Oct. 17th. Absentee in person voting will be from 10/17-11/5, and in the Gainesville District will be located at the new Haymarket-Gainesville Library this year

For more information, including voting locations, who qualifies for absentee voting, and how to get an absentee ballot mailed to you please visit-

https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation

Saturday, Sept. 24 is 15th Annual Heritage Charity Classic 5K/2K Cancer Walk/Run/Bike

September 6, 2016

Saturday Sept. 24th at 8 AM on the lawn of the Heritage Hunt Golf and Country Club in the Heritage Hunt community in Gainesville. The event benefits Novant UVA Cancer Center at Lake Manassas in Gainesville.

Info: Frank Maresca at 703-743-5088.

Registration forms/additional information, at HHG&CC front desk.

Register until morning of the event.

Pick up T-shirts Sept. 9-23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in clubhouse lobby.

T-shirts, Food and beverages included in $25 entry fee.

Strategic Plan Town Hall

July 12, 2016

Please join Pete on Wednesday July 20th for a town hall meeting on our County’s Strategic Plan. Click the link above for more details.

 

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Friends of the Gainesville Library “Bag Sale”

July 5, 2016

Click the link above for details

Recent BOCS Actions

June 23, 2016

As the old saying goes, “You can’t win ‘em all.” However some losses are bigger than others.

Unfortunately, at the Prince William Board of County Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, our County took a few significant steps in the wrong direction. These major miscues will have a tremendously negative impact on taxpaying citizens over the next five years, and will make it much harder for everyone to see how politicians are spending taxpayer money.

The County’s Five Year Plan

The Board passed Chairman Stewart’s Five Year Spending Plan that will enable County spending to grow by over 18% and increases the average tax bill by over 15%.  That is a 15% average tax bill increase over the next five years that is on top of the over 15% that has been heaped upon us over the last five years.  I was honored to stand with Supervisors Anderson (Occoquan) and Lawson (Brentsville) who also voted against this extreme spending plan.

Not only does this plan undermine the budget work we recently passed, but this type of spending trajectory is simply unsustainable. We cannot continue to raise taxes each year by huge amounts that hurt families and stifle economic growth.

And it was just announced yesterday that senior citizens and military families who received a 0% increase in their cost of living adjustments last year will only see a .2% increase this year.  While every family in Prince William County will take a hard hit to their family budgets to pay increased taxes to fund the proposed skyrocketing County spending, seniors on fixed incomes, and military families who receive fixed monthly allowances simply cannot afford another 3.5% to 4% increase in taxes.

The best solution, and the one that provides a sustainable plan for the future, is for us to choose to do things differently so that we truly can protect the quality of life that we have promised to every family in the County.

Over the last four years, we have identified millions of dollars in savings and efficiencies that can be achieved without cuts to vital County services. These reforms will still allow us to invest in those critical areas of education, transportation, public safety, and our parks.

County Freedom of Information Act Policy

The Board also passed a resolution that will build obstacles for citizens to see how their money is being spent.  As an elected official, I routinely ask for information from the County and my fellow Supervisors in order to help shape policy decisions.  This access to information is critical in determining needed reforms.

Yet on Tuesday, the Board voted to change County FOIA policy so all elected officials will need to personally pay to obtain requested information from the County or other Supervisors.  This move will have the unintended consequence of reducing the ability to hold our elected officials accountable for their spending decisions.

This is not a partisan issue.  While I might disagree on certain issues with many of my liberal colleagues on the Board, I believe they have the right as the representatives of their districts to have access to County information without having to pay for it.

Over the last few weeks, it has become clear to many that certain members of the Board of County Supervisors are using their office funds for what some would say are nothing more than campaign activities.  Using taxpayer money in order to fund a re-election operation is against our Rules of Procedure and is simply wrong.

I will be proposing in the upcoming months several reform measures that will ban the ability of Supervisors to use their office funds for this type of behavior and make our processes more transparent.

But I will need your help.  I will need your help to convince the Board that these reforms are necessary.  Please take a few moments and email the Board expressing your thoughts on the aggressive spending plan and the new restrictions on our FOIA policy.  You can contact the entire Board at bocs@pwcgov.org
While the events of Tuesday are setbacks to reducing the tax burden and making our government more transparent and accountable, we have still made much progress.  You have my commitment that I will continue to fight and stand up to make sure that your tax dollars are being spent properly on more efficient and transparent government.

I encourage you to sign-up for regular updates about our district on my homepage.

Sincerely,

 

Pete Candland

 

Gainesville District Children’s Art Show

June 8, 2016

June 8th  at 6 PM we will hold our First Annual Gainesville District Youth Art Show at our beautiful new Haymarket Gainesville library. All area children are encouraged to participate. Entries will be accepted in any medium (photo, painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.) The artwork theme for the show is Summer Vacation.

If you would like your child to enter something, please call my office (703) 792-6195 for more information.

All submitted art will be displayed throughout the month of June at the library.

Neabsco District Financial Documents FY2012-16

June 8, 2016

Attached are Neabsco District Supervisor John Jenkins Office’s Financial Documents

FY 2012-2014

FY 2015-2016