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Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:04 pm

The Prince William Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a budget for fiscal 2015 that raises average real estate tax bills by about 4.5 percent.
The budget funds two new libraries -- for Gainesville and Montclair -- and adds 25 new police officers and 11 new firefighters.
The budget also funds a remaining $13.7 million in unused park bonds from the 2006 bond referendum that will be used to install artificial turf at another four middle schools, including Benton, Woodbridge, Godwin and Graham Park. That's in addition to a December decision to install turf at Gainesville and Saunders middle schools.
Prince William County schools, however, will receive $2.8 million less than they were expecting from the county next year.
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  • Paul Miller posted at 9:23 pm on Thu, May 1, 2014.

    Paul Miller Posts: 376

    What? Taxes going up? That's it - we need to elect some Republicans to this county board.

  • jean1 posted at 1:04 pm on Thu, May 1, 2014.

    jean1 Posts: 1

    Really?? We need 25 more police officers? I saw that many driving around Easter Sunday. Unless they were out looking for someone, they didn't appear to be in any hurry. My neighbor called the police because my own dog went to the bathroom in my front yard. I picked it up. The police came running like I had committed some kind of crime. Can you spell "BORED". And anyone who believes that the courts decide innocence or guilt hasn't been through the court system. Unless you have alot of money, public defenders are going to plea bargain your case with the prosecutor before it ever gets to a Judge. And never mind the corruption,
    Moreover, writes Lindsay: "Ebert is the state's ace when it comes to capital cases. He has won 13 convictions—more than twice as many as Robert Horan, the 40-year Fairfax prosecutor who retired in 2007. Four of the 16 inmates on death row—including sniper John Muhammad—were prosecuted by Ebert." That's what makes Jackson's opinion of his conduct all the more damning.

    Jackson's 57-page memorandum opinion is scathing in its findings of prosecutorial misbehavior by Ebert and his assistant, Richard A. Conway. Conduct evidently included choreographing and coordinating witness testimony, withholding tapes of witness interviews from the defense, and knowingly allowing false testimony to be introduced at trial. Jackson finds that prosecutors failed to turn over a report showing that it was police detectives who first introduced the idea to Barber that Wolfe had masterminded the killing, and who gave him the option of implicating Wolfe or receiving the death penalty.

    Written by a federal judge concerning prince william county's own prosecutors?? Research it yourself.

  • Cecily posted at 10:57 am on Thu, May 1, 2014.

    Cecily Posts: 61

    The police end up going to the same houses over and over. I have seen it in every place I have ever lived. Of couse they can't always know every call but if it is coming from the same address for the same stupid reasons just don't bother to go there. If someone wants to stay in an idiotic violent relationship why should it be our problem?

  • gvdad posted at 6:52 pm on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    gvdad Posts: 155

    still racist.. I pay taxes too and I'm tired of people assuming things about others based on the color of their skin. #Sterling, #racist, #stfu, #isaracist.

  • JoeDaBeast posted at 3:34 pm on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    JoeDaBeast Posts: 93

    @STFU - You're an obvious idiot.
    @fedupwithstupidcomments - How many people pay to watch academic events. Many of students issues with learning is that parents take NO responsibility in the tasks, which in turn leaves their students hanging.
    @Cecily - So how would emergency services KNOW what the situation is, if they do not respond? Additionally, only the courts deem who are innocent and who are guilty, so your point shows everyone how clueless you are.

  • Brad posted at 3:22 pm on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    Brad Posts: 412

    Unless you mean Alcoholics Anonymous, you are racist.

  • STFU posted at 3:20 pm on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    STFU Posts: 43

    Well that's the truth. #ImATaxpayerAndSickOf-it

  • gvdad posted at 2:26 pm on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    gvdad Posts: 155

    That's racist.

  • STFU posted at 1:36 pm on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    STFU Posts: 43

    I hope they hire some AAs police officers. So sick of seeing the department looking like a heavy snowfall.

  • Cecily posted at 10:12 am on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    Cecily Posts: 61

    We wouldn't need so many police officers if losers would stop calling the police to resolve their domestic disputes. I think the police, fire and ambulance services should only be used for true emergencies of innocent people. Every week the cops are at one of my neighbors house resolving some kind of issue. That is a big waste of our tax dollars just because some loser needs attention. How about they stop showing up and let the neighbors resolve their own problems. Too often emergency services are for uneducated low-class people who are out causing trouble.

  • fedupwithstupidcomments posted at 8:22 am on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    fedupwithstupidcomments Posts: 7

    I'm all for keeping sports in middleschool, but why are we installing turf at middle schools. Understand in long term it is less expensive, but why not at the numerious high scchools with less then standard grass fields. Or better yet, back into the classroom. And don't get on me that these fields are under the park bond, I get it. But as with most budget decisions it just doesn't make logical sense.

    BTW: My son plays sports and would benefit from the middle school fields, just thing it would be better spent at the high school level.