Public Comments for 01/13/2023 Counties Cities and Towns - Subcommittee #1
HB1472 - Emergency medical services agencies; ordinances or resolutions, designation as emergency response.
HB1509 - Norton, City of; amending charter, November municipal elections, etc.
HB1539 - Farmville, Town of; new charter (previous charter repealed).
HB1641 - Pound, Town of; repealing Chapter 312, 2022 Acts, relating to Charter.
I support 1641. We need to keep Pound Town.
HB1678 - White Stone, Town of; amending charter, municipal elections.
HB1679 - Kilmarnock, Town of; amending charter, November municipal elections.
HB1697 - Falls Church, City of; amending charter, qualifications of members of boards and commissions.
I absolutely support HB1697 to allow non-registered voters to serve on city boards and commissions in the City of Falls Church. Anyone willing to take up the call to public service need not be turned away, particularly not the many military and foreign service families who are city residents but might not be registered to vote within the city.
City of Falls Church is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in all our policies and programs. This includes participation in the citizen boards and commissions. There are many citizens in the community who are affected by the decisions of the City’s advisory boards and commissions (i.e. transportation, environment, housing, human services, urban forestry and arts) and there is consensus among the community that those persons should be able to participate equally in the commission system. Due to our proximity to Washington DC federal government agencies, universities and international businesses many residents are state department employees and military personnel as well as targeted business employees and graduate students in the US on VISAs but do not change primary permanent residence to the City. Therefore, these residents do not have City of Falls Church voter qualifications but have invaluable knowledge and expertise to impart. The proposed language would remove “qualified voter of the city,” while retaining 18-years of age and residency within the city.