Smarter County Spending of Our $1.2 Billion Budget
Focus funds on essential community services–our libraries, parks, recreation centers, human services for the needy and disabled, public safety, schools, and safety-net help for needy Arlingtonians.
Halt spending on wasteful building projects that we cannot afford. Stop the $250 million Columbia Pike trolley and the $79.2 million Long Bridge Park Aquatic and Fitness Center in north Crystal City.
Transform Arlington into a Leading Green Environmental Community
Hire 4-5 additional inspectors to enforce the commercial recycling code
Develop a county wide plan to install solar thermal panels on public schools and other public buildings
Eliminate non-biodegradable plastic bags in all supermarkets and chain pharmacies.
Eliminate Styrofoam containers in all public facilities and fast food outlets.
Fine commercial businesses and apartment operators that refuse to recycle their solid waste (bottles, cans, plastics, and paper) since only 10% of apartment waste is now recycled.
Start a free energy audit program to help all Arlington renters, homeowners, and businesses reduce their use of electricity and heating fuel, thereby reducing Arlington’s harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
Block any further widening of I-66 highway in Arlington by suing VDOT and seeking the transfer of the $35 million in Federal highway funds to repair Arlington aging bridges and streets.
Preserve Existing Rental Housing and Help Tenants Remain in Arlington
Create and fund a housing authority in Arlington that will help low and moderate income renters and consolidate the county’s housing programs under one umbrella.
Seek out the millions of dollars of federal funds available for public housing that other northern Virginia jurisdictions already receive.
Preserve historic garden apartment complexes.
Enact a Living Wage for All Private Employees in Arlington
Enact a voluntary living wage guideline for all private employers to insure that all workers in Arlington earn at or above the federal poverty level (currently about $12.50 per hour), as is required for all county employees.
End One-Party Rule in County Government
Appoint qualified independent, Green Party, Democratic and Republican citizens to county advisory commissions to have balanced citizens’ views. The Democratic Party has ruled Arlington for over 30 years.