Arlington budget work session

Clockwise from upper left: County Board member Katie Cristol, County Board Chairman Libby Garvey, County Manager Mark Schwartz and County Board member Matt de Ferranti.

As has been tradition for, well, forever, Arlington County Board members on Jan. 4 voted against having a member of the public serve as a tiebreaker.

State law allows local governments to appoint someone to serve that function, requiring the localities to decide at the start of each year. Arlington always has declined to exercise the option.

With a five-member board whose membership is all of one party, tie votes would be infrequent. County officials say they are virtually certain none occurred in 2020, even though for several months the board only had four members owing to the death of Erik Gutshall.

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