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FY 2012 Budget Process

The City of Alexandria anticipates Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 to be another challenging year as it continues to strategically plan for its future. As the City begins the budget process, we would like your input regarding the FY 2012 Operating Budget and Captial Improvement Program.

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I would like to add my voice to those who realize that the Warwick Pool represents an important community asset. I wrote an Letter to the Editor of the Alexandria Times in April 10, 2010 edition which is a fuller explanation of the pools importance. It can be reached by this link:

The title says it all "Save Warwick Pool"

Gary Carr (229) | User | May 2, 2011 - 3:31 PM

We echo the previous comments about Warwick pool and encourage the city to consider funding an aquatics budget for Warwick (and the other pools). It is a gem, and any venue that allows kids all ages a place to have fun AND burn calories should be a priority for the city. We commend you for conducting an aquatics assessment.

Karin & John Moore (227) | User | May 2, 2011 - 2:01 PM

Please reconsider funding an aquatics budget for now and the future. It is a financial bargain when it comes to fighting childhood obesity. An adequately funded aquatics program literally gets kids out of the house during the hot summer months and burns calories. Swimming centers also bring communities together. Find a way...Please

Tim and Rebecca Anderson (226) | User | May 2, 2011 - 10:51 AM

I do hope the city is able to maintain the limited aquatics facilities that we have -- especially Warwick pool, which is such a vital recreation resource for the communities of Arlandria, Del Ray, Lynnhaven, and beyond.

This pool is very important to my family and was an important consideration for me when we recently moved to the area. I'm sure others feel the same.

I would be a shame to lose this facility that attracts diverse families who want to enjoy healthy recreation.

I am willing to volunteer time to work within the community and find ways to sustain the pool and the adjoining park.

Cara Santos Pianesi (224) | User | April 29, 2011 - 4:36 PM

I am also writing to express support for the Warwick pool. As the parents of a 3 year-old and 6 month-old, we are grateful to have access to the facility and hope it will remain available to us.

Michael Buening and Jennifer Engle (225) | User | April 29, 2011 - 4:15 PM

Dear Mayor, Vice-Mayor and Council Members:

We are writing to express our concern about the status of Warwick Pool, and of the city’s aquatics in general. We understand that the city is currently undergoing an Aquatics Assessment and developing a Master Plan. As new homeowners in Warwick Village, we applaud these efforts, and we urge you to support the capital investments necessary to upgrade our city’s aquatics facilities and maintain Warwick pool.

The Warwick Pool is a critical quality of life asset, community gathering place and source of outdoor recreation for the residents of several Alexandria neighborhoods, including Arlandria, Del Ray and Lynnhaven. Our community loves this pool and it is especially important as a source of exercise and fun for the increasing number of children in the area. Now that the neighboring Landover Park is complete, the pool is even more attractive because kids can come and use both the playground and the pool.

The pool is so important to so many people that concerned citizens have come together as part of an association dedicated to maintaining the pool as a vibrant community resource. Called “The Friends of Warwick Pool,” we are planning volunteer projects to maintain and improve the pool and conduct community outreach to increase usage. The association has already met with City Aquatics Director Ralph Baird and looks forward to partnering with the city in this effort.

As we mentioned, we are new homeowners in Warwick Village and therefore, new taxpayers who are fully invested in the health, success, and growth of the city of Alexandria. We genuinely appreciate the city's efforts to maintain a balanced budget and be responsible stewards of the individuals and businesses whose taxes fund city operations. However, community infrastructure is undoubtedly a critical part of Alexandria's attractiveness to homebuyers and businesses. To allow such a large piece of this infrastructure to fall into disrepair would only cause a blight on the community that would ultimately cost more than making the necessary investment now to keep the pool running.

We stand willing to work with the city to find ways to sustain Warwick Pool and adjoining Landover Park. With the involvement of community members, local businesses, and our diligent elected officials, we are confident that tenable, long term solutions exist.

Again, I commend you for your effort to create a Master Plan for city aquatics and I urge you to support the capital investments necessary to maintain Warwick pool. We firmly believe that it is in the best interest of all of Alexandria.

Kelly and Matthew Ferguson (223) | User | April 29, 2011 - 11:17 AM

I am concerned about the status of Warwick Pool, and of the city’s aquatics in general. I understand that the city is currently undergoing an Aquatics Assessment and developing a Master Plan. I applaud these efforts, and I urge you to support the capital investments necessary to upgrade our city’s aquatics facilities and maintain Warwick pool.

Christine Jordan (221) | User | April 25, 2011 - 4:26 PM

I hope our City Council will improve our aquatics facilities. I understand that the city is currently undergoing an Aquatics Assessment and developing a Master Plan for aquatics. I applaud these efforts, and I urge the mayor and city council to support the capital investments necessary to upgrade our public pools. Our public pools are a vital community resource and they desperately need a face lift! It boggles the mind that a city of 150,000 people has just two large outdoor pools and one of them, Warwick Pool, is in very bad shape. Alexandria, we can do better!

Jenny Malseed (219) | User | April 21, 2011 - 4:11 PM

I hope our City Council will vote to support transit, walking, and bicycling in Alexandria. The proposed add-on to commercial property tax was authorized by Virginia to allow localities to raise their own transportation funds. It has long-since been implemented in Arlington and Fairfax. This proposal will allow us to use local funds to build three critical transit corridors (US-1, Duke St, Beauregard St), two of which could connect to the streetcar system that is being developed in Arlington. The time to act is now--let us not become the only area near Washington DC that depends only on Metro for dedicated mass transit.

I support this proposal because both our citizens and the economy benefit when we shift our transportation focus from automobiles to people.

Please join me to support transit at

Jonathan Krall (33) | User | April 15, 2011 - 12:31 PM

I do not support an increase of the commercial property taxes, you can not expect business to pay higher taxes, during tough economic times for they can not increase the prices of their services, when they are faced with a smaller customer base, by increasing taxes you are just creating a worse economic environment, for business have less or no money to spend on salary's or important improvements for their business

da (204) | User | March 9, 2011 - 1:38 AM

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