Officials celebrated past successes and looked ahead to future challenges this week.
Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) Chairman Corey Stewart covered various topics during his final “State of the County” address on Tuesday.
Stewart’s remarks were given at the beginning of the BOCS meeting, which occurred at the McCoart Administration Building in Woodbridge.
The rural crescent was one issue he covered.
Board members were encouraged to protect the rural crescent and carry out suggested actions that are included in the rural land preservation study.
“In my time on this board, we have never been afraid to address challenges head-on, and even though we may not always agree on the best course of action, we have always agreed that it is our duty to serve the interests of the community above all else,” Stewart said.
He also asked his colleagues to include a transportation and park infrastructure referendum on this year’s voting ballot.
If approved, the referendum would allow officials to construct indoor recreation spaces that community members may use throughout the year.
Additionally, it would enable the county to make more improvements for transportation.
“This bond will ensure that Prince William County’s 30-year commitment to local road construction will continue,” Stewart added.
Prince William County’s success during the past several years was outlined in the speech, as well.
Since Stewart joined the BOCS in 2004, the county has experienced much growth and has completed many projects.
In an effort to protect residents, several fire and police stations have been constructed.
Response times among law enforcement has improved and crime rates have decreased by 35 percent.
County representatives also increased funding to the public school system by more than $286 million each year and created bond referendums.
Through the referendums, officials have been able to build new libraries and update various roads.
The widening of Minnieville Road is one of the most recent projects completed.
“It is truly remarkable how far we have come, but there is much more to be done,” Stewart said. “Over the next 10 years, we will continue to grow as a county, and we must provide the types of facilities and infrastructure that will elevate Prince William County to the community we envision.”
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