Task Force to Review Real Estate Tax Relief Program

posted Jul 20, 2016, 10:06 AM by Lilly Mancilla

Task Force to Review Real Estate Tax Relief Program

  • Manager sets charge for working group
  • Addressing needs of low-income senior households
  • Reviewing income and asset limits, exemption and deferral criteria

Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz reported today to the County Board on the official charge for a Real Estate Tax Relief Working Group that will perform a comprehensive review of the County’s program.

“We all acknowledge that Arlington’s rising property values and related increase in the property tax burden is sometimes difficult for seniors on a fixed-income to deal with,” Schwartz said. “This working group will be taking a hard look at our current program and present recommendations early next year on what, if any, changes should be made to better achieve our goal of supporting residents, where we can, who wish to age in place.”

The working group, which will be appointed by the County Manager this month and report to him on its findings, is charged with:

  • Researching and reviewing best practices across the nation related to real estate tax relief.
  • Engaging and informing the community and relevant stakeholders of the group’s ongoing efforts and discussions.
  • Determining if there may be Arlingtonians who qualify for real estate tax relief but are not currently participating in the program, and providing recommendations for what could be done differently to effectively reach these residents.
  • Collaborating with a consultant to conduct surveys and/or focus groups to gauge the program’s historical success in reaching eligible Arlingtonians and enabling these residents to stay in their homes, and to ascertain what changes (if any) would allow the program to better address elderly and disabled Arlingtonians’ needs.
  • Using identified best practices and survey/focus group results to inform an analysis of the current program’s approach to enabling elderly and disabled Arlingtonians to stay in their homes.
  • Providing recommendations on how to best structure and administer the program in Arlington moving forward.

Read the charge to the working group, which includes timeline and proposed members. 

More than 900 households now participate in the program

In Fiscal Year 2015, 911 households received a full or partial exemption and 29 households received only deferrals, resulting in a combined $4.2 million in uncollected revenue.

The County reviews criteria for the Tax Relief Program annually as part of the County budget process. The working group will conduct a broader review involving the community. One of the key recommendations of the Affordable Housing Master Plan adopted by the County Board in September 2015 was to review the goals and guidelines of the program, and to consider redefinition of income levels, asset levels and criteria for exemptions and deferrals.


Virginia localities are authorized to provide real estate tax relief to homeowners aged 65 or over, as well as to permanently disabled homeowners.

  • The current Arlington County Tax Relief Program provides an exemption or deferral from real estate taxes for qualified Arlington homeowners whose annual household income is below $99,472, and whose household assets (excluding the value of their Arlington home) are below $340,000.
  • A household may receive a full, 50 percent or 25 percent exemption depending on income, assets and household size. For households receiving a partial exemption, the non-exempt portion of the tax may be deferred.
  • Homeowners within the income guidelines who have assets over $340,000 but below $540,000 may defer payment of their real estate taxes until their property changes ownership.
  • No interest or penalty fees are charged.

Working Group structure

The County Manager will appoint a limited-term advisory body, the Real Estate Tax Relief Working Group, which will consist of a chair and vice-chair, along with members representing the following:

  • Commission on Aging
  • Disability Advisory Commission
  • Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission
  • Housing Commission
  • Member(s)-at-large
  • Real Estate Tax Relief Program participant(s)

Final report

The working group will produce a final report on its key findings in early 2017. The report could include recommendations for eligibility, structural, administrative and other changes to the existing program.

Media Contact

Kurt Larrick703-228-1775

View this release in our newsroom

Arlington Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the “10 miles square” parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world — including the Pentagon — Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.

Virginia Sales Tax Holiday Coming Soon

posted Jul 20, 2016, 10:01 AM by Lilly Mancilla

Reference: Virginia Sales Tax Holiday Coming Soon | Patch PM | Patch

When Is The Virginia Sales Tax Holiday?

It may just be a bit past the middle of July but Virginia's sales tax holiday for school supplies and the like is fast approaching.

This year's no sales tax weekend is Aug. 5-7, beginning the first Friday in August at 12:01 a.m. and ending the following Sunday at 11:59 p.m. >>> Read more.

August VCE Master Gardener Events

posted Jul 20, 2016, 7:55 AM by Lilly Mancilla

TO:          Arlington/Alexandria Media and Community Organizations


FROM:     Teddye Clayton, Publicity Chair, Virginia Cooperative Extension

                   Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (Arlington/Alexandria)


SUBJ:     August VCE Public Education Programs


The following events are scheduled by VCE Master Gardeners in Arlington and Alexandria in August. August events will be posted online at after July 15.


Wednesdays in the Garden, August 3, 10, 17, and 24 (No program on August 31), 7 to 9 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington 22201. This series of indoor and outdoor programs, taught by Arlington Food Assistance Center volunteers and VCE Master Gardeners, is designed to teach gardening skills to a wide audience. Topics by date: August 3, Food Preservation: Can, Freeze, Dehydrate, Ferment (meet in Second Floor Conference Room); August 10, Hydroponics & PVC Pipe Gardening; August 17, Vegetables for Fall; August 24, Preparing the Garden for Winter, Tool Care. No registration required. To confirm topic and room number, check the Arlington Library Events Calendar at or call the library at 703-228-5990.


Saturday, August 13, Fall & Winter Vegetable Gardening: Extending Your Harvest, 10:30 to noon, Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304. Join us for a terrific session on fall gardening―what to plant when and simple tips for success. Think healthful greens like kale, collards, bok choy and a wealth of lettuces. Fall is a delightful time to garden, with cool autumn days and waning pest populations. Learn inexpensive techniques to extend your harvest and even how you can enjoy some of your crops in the dead of winter! We'll also cover end-of-season clean up, putting your garden to bed and tool care to give you a head start for next spring. 


Sunday, August 14, Sunday in the Organic Vegetable Garden, 1 to 4 p.m., 2845 Marcey Rd, Arlington 22207. If you have questions about what is ailing your tomato plants or eating your zucchini, stop by the Organic Vegetable Garden to speak with a Master Gardener.  

Wednesday, August 17, through Sunday, August 21, Arlington County Fair, Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 Second St. South, Arlington 22204. “Groovy Since 1977, the theme of this year’s fair, celebrates the first fair and subsequent fairs that have showcased the best of Arlington. VCE Master Gardeners will provide staffing and judges for the Open Flower Show and the Open Herb, Fruit and Vegetable Competitive Exhibits. Together with members of Arlington Regional Master Naturalists, Master Food and Energy Masters volunteers, VCE Master Gardeners will staff the all-VCE booth on Thursday, August 18, from 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday, August 19, from 4 to 10 p.m.; and Saturday, August 20, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Master Gardeners will provide information and answer questions about gardening. More information is available at



Virginia Cooperative Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. VCE programs and employment are open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; Jewel E. Hairston, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State, Petersburg.


Grants to Plant or Maintain Trees on Private Property in Arling.

posted Jul 20, 2016, 7:54 AM by Lilly Mancilla

Grants to Plant or Maintain Trees on Private Property in Arlington

Arlington County thinks trees are so important that through its Tree Canopy Fund<> residents can receive grants to plant or maintain trees on private property. Quality trees that are generally 2" caliper and 7' high, including Southern magnolia, Bald cypress and Red oak, are among the 10 species given away. Funding is also provided to maintain trees with the Champion Tree designation that designated or under application for protection through the County's Tree and Shrub Ordinance as specimen, heritage, or memorial tree. Grants funds are provided to Arlington civic and homeowner associations, community nonprofit organizations, civic service clubs, school-related groups, ad hoc neighborhood groups and individuals.
Complete an Expression of Interest Form<> by midnight Fri., August 12 for consideration. Learn more here<> or contact Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment at 703-228-6427 or<>. The Tree Canopy Fund is administered by Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (a tax-deductible, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization) and the Arlington County Urban Forestry Commission (a volunteer, citizen commission, whose members are appointed by the Arlington County Board).


Susan Kalish
Public Relations Director
Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation

Visit us: Online<> | Facebook<> | Twitter<!/arlparksrec>

Meet & Greet with Erik Gutshall (County Board Candidate)

posted May 4, 2016, 10:50 AM by Stephen Finafrock

Who: Erik Gutshall, candidate for Arlington County Board

What: Meet & Greet

When: Thursday, May 5, 2016 @ 7:30 PM

Where: Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S Dinwiddie St, Room 527A, Arlington, VA 22204

Why: To discuss concerns about issues throughout Arlington County

Thank you for listening and we hope to see you on May 5, 2016

Enhanced Crime Reports, See Author Anthony Doerr Tonight, E-CARE Event

posted Apr 7, 2016, 8:17 AM by Lilly Mancilla   [ updated Apr 8, 2016, 1:43 PM by Stephen Finafrock ]

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Arlington Insider

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New Online Crime Mapping Tool

Arlington Police Department announces its new crime mapping tool, RAIDS Online, making it easier than ever to stay informed. Select from various filters to display criminal incidents along with information such as the type of crime, block-level address, date and time.


>> Explore RAIDS Online

Author Event: Anthony Doerr

Join author Anthony Doerr tonight as he kicks off Arlington Reads 2016, a series featuring three authors who write about the human displacement of World War II.

Note: Washington-Lee High School doors will open at 6 p.m., Apr. 7. In consideration of students and staff, please do not arrive at the school before 5:30 p.m. at the earliest.

Toss Hazardous Waste for Free at E-CARE

Recycle your HHM, bikes, clothing, electronics and other items at our biannual E-CARE event on Saturday, April 16.


Weekly Highlights

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Community Forum Wed Apr 20TH 7-9 PM @ TJ auditorium

posted Apr 4, 2016, 6:16 PM by Lilly Mancilla   [ updated Apr 4, 2016, 6:16 PM ]

COMMUNITY FORUM: Arlington County Criminal Justice Agencies and distinguished panel guests will be holding a public forum on Trust and Confidence in Arlington's Criminal Justice System. This is an opportunity to ask local officials about issues that affect you and learn how we can work together to maintain a safe community! Please join us Wednesday, April 20 from 7 - 9 PM at Thomas Jefferson Middle School Auditorium 125 S Old Glebe Rd

The Arlington County Chief of Police, along with distinguished panel members, will conduct a forum focusing on the community's trust and confidence in Arlington's Criminal Justice Agencies. This interactive discussion will be moderated by WJLA Channel 7 Fighting Back Against Crime investigator, Jennifer Donelan.

Please join us as panel members discuss various topics concerning the criminal justice system.  Following the moderated portion of the evening, panel members will engage in an open Q & A with audience members.  This is your opportunity to ask local officials and community activists about issues that affect you and learn how we can work together to maintain a safe community!

Panel members include:
M. Jay Farr, Chief of Police
Beth Arthur, Sheriff
Theo Stamos, Commonwealth's Attorney
Matthew Foley, Public Defender
Julius Spain, NAACP Arlington 1st Vice President
Andres Tobar, Community Activist 

Firefighters and Red Cross Volunteers to Install Free Smoke Alarms

posted Mar 31, 2016, 2:03 PM by Lilly Mancilla

Firefighters and Red Cross Volunteers to Install Free Smoke Alarms

  • Kicks off Saturday, April 2, continues through September
  • 30 percent of homes have no working smoke alarms
  • Smoke alarms reduce your chance of dying by half

The Arlington County Fire Department (ACFD) and Red Cross in the National Capital Region are teaming up to reduce the number of fire-related injuries and fatalities by ensuring residents have working smoke alarms.  Firefighters and Red Cross volunteers will kick off this initiative Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., by going door-to-door in the Douglas Park and Nauck neighborhoods, near Fire Station 9, to offer smoke alarm inspections and home fire safety checks. The teams will install free smoke alarms in homes that need them.

According the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a working smoke alarm reduces the chance of dying in a fire by nearly half. Acting Fire Chief Joseph Reshetar explains, “Early detection of a fire is a key element to survival. Please make sure your smoke alarms are operating properly.”

Last summer ACFD piloted this program and, in just 14 days of canvassing, installed a total of 865 alarms and 174 batteries. Of the 1,826 homes inspected last summer, 30 percent had no working smoke alarms or an insufficient number of smoke alarms. Chief Reshetar will join the firefighters and volunteers canvassing this Saturday with the goal of reducing that percentage.

Firefighters from all 10 fire stations will continue to canvas neighborhoods throughout Arlington County every Saturday from now through September, to provide smoke alarm inspections and installations. Arlington County residents may also contact the fire department to schedule these services.

Remember, installing smoke alarms is only one part of home fire safety. The Fire Department and Red Cross encourage you to:

  • Test your smoke alarms every month by pressing the “test” button.
  • Change the batteries in all alarms twice a year with daylight savings time, unless you alarm is equipped with a 10 year lithium battery.
  • Ensure every person in your home understands and practices your home fire escape plan twice a year. Your plan should include two ways out of every room, getting low, closing the door behind, going directly to your predetermined family meeting place, and then calling 9-1-1.

Media Contact

Sarah Marchegiani703-228-4665

View this release in our newsroom

Arlington Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the “10 miles square” parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world — including the Pentagon — Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.

Trail Safety Tips

posted Mar 29, 2016, 8:14 AM by Lilly Mancilla   [ updated Mar 31, 2016, 2:07 PM ]

Acting Public Information Officer Ashley Savage from Arlington County Police Department

As the weather becomes nicer and the days get longer, you'll want to enjoy the more than 80 miles of trails and designated bike routes in Arlington County! Here are a few safety tips to remember before you head out.


Pre-Order Now for the Spring Native Plant Sale

posted Mar 29, 2016, 8:14 AM by Lilly Mancilla

Snag - Original


                                         Spring 2016

Spring Into Planting Natives

Spring Native Plant Sale Pre-Order Pick Up & On-Site Sale

Many gardeners, myself included, cannot wait for spring each year: to get our hands in the soil, the sweet, pungent smell of mulch, and to spot your perennials peeking through the ground. But if you’re looking to add diversity and some natives to your garden we have you covered. We’ll be offering native perennials for spring, summer and fall. Never tried a native in your garden? Here are few reasons why you should.

  1. Native plants are local to our area, which means they are already well adapted to our region’s climate. This means less watering, fertilizing and less replacing of dead plants. Also, because we live in a diverse region, you can find native plants to suit most types of gardens, from damp and shady to sunny and dry, there are many attractive flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees you can choose from.
  2. Planting native also helps enrich the environment by providing food and habitat for many species. Local plants have evolved with our local insects, birds, and wildlife and they rely on each other for survival. 

So check out our natives for sale online, where you can also pre-order (by April 18). Or, stop by to see our wide selection at our one day sale on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 1-4 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center. 

native plant
Cardinal Flower - $6
Gulf Branch

Gulf Branch Nature Center
3806 Military Rd.
Arlington, VA 22207


Long Branch Nature Center
625 S. Carlin Springs Rd.
Arlington, VA 22204


Fort C.F. Smith
2411 N. 24th St.
Arlington, VA 22207

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