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The resolutions below were passed at the February meeting.
Residential Lot Coverage Resolution:
Whereas Arlington County’s lot coverage restrictions have not been amended since 2005,
and the 2005 amendments apparently have contributed to an increase in impermeable
Whereas the growth in impermeable surfaces has led to increases in stormwater runoff,
which raises the risk of destructive flooding, as has been experienced in Arlington;
Whereas County staff and members of the County Board have discussed starting a study of
lot coverage restrictions, but the start of such a study has not been scheduled;
Whereas the study will yield valuable information that Arlington residents need as soon as
possible, particularly in the face of ongoing development pressures and climate changes that
raise the risk of stormwater surges and flooding impacts;
The Bluemont Civic Association urges the Arlington County Board to place a high priority
on beginning the study of residential lot coverage provisions. It also urges the County Board
to set a date-certain for delivery of the study.
Residential Property Tax Resolution:
WHEREAS Arlington County’s assessments of residential properties, including those in
Bluemont, have risen continuously over many years, with some properties in Bluemont
seeing a faster rate of increase than the county average;
WHEREAS the Arlington County Board raised or left unchanged the property tax rate over
each of the last six years, thereby substantially increasing the tax burden on homeowners;
WHEREAS many Arlington homeowners, including those in Bluemont, have suffered
increased household expenses due to inflation;
WHEREAS changes to the United States Internal Revenue Code have limited the
deductibility of state and local taxes on federal tax returns, making the burden of Arlington
County's taxes heavier;
WHEREAS increased real estate taxes are a factor that drives homeowners of limited means,
including retired seniors, to sell their homes, especially if they are unable to qualify for
Arlington County's tax deferral or relief programs;
WHEREAS Arlington County's high real estate taxes accelerate the loss of affordable single-
family homes, which are often torn down and replaced by more expensive homes;
RESOLVED, that the Arlington County Board should reduce the real estate tax rate for
calendar year 2023 so that once rising assessments are considered, the total amount of real
estate taxes paid by homeowners is the same or less than the amount paid in calendar year
RESOLVED, that the Arlington County Board should seek savings in its fiscal year 2024
budget beyond modest cuts and efficiencies;
RESOLVED, that in future years, the Arlington County Board should seek to reduce the
property tax rate as necessary to offset rising real estate assessments.