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Category: Mike May (Page 2 of 2)

May discusses fiscal year 2008 county budget, transportation issues

Prince William County Government’s “Infocus” newsletter

Spring 2007, p. 5

“Greetings from the Occoquan District! As your newly-elected Occoquan District Supervisor, my first few months have certainly been interesting, as we have tackled a host of critical issues.

“To be sure, this year we are in a somewhat difficult financial  situation, and we have had to find cost savings in an effort to balance our County budget. However, the good news is that we have agreed upon a budget for FY 2008 that I believe strikes a delicate balance between the need to scale back spending in a difficult budget year and the need to fund our core priorities. Specifically, our budget will provide pay increases for teachers, fund important bonding initiatives with respect to transportation and open space, allow us to hire additional firefighters and police, provide pay increases for County employees, and, of particular interest to my constituents, keep the Lake Ridge Community Library open without any disruptions to service hours whatsoever.

“Turning to transportation, we are currently reviewing the ‘comprehensive transportation package’ that was passed by the state legislature to see what it might mean for our County. Closer to home in the Occoquan District, we are seeing the completion of improvements to Minnieville Road, the Prince William County Parkway and some spot improvements on Old Bridge Road.  In addition, I am honored that my colleagues on the Board recently appointed me as the Prince William County representative to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s (COG) Transportation Planning Board. This position gives me the opportunity to represent Prince William County’s needs at the regional level. With so many commuters in our area, it is a responsibility I take very seriously, and I am doing my very best to represent your needs.

“I look forward to seeing you over the coming months at various community gatherings and events in our district. Also, please know that my staff and I are available to assist you with any matters of local concern, or answer any questions you may have about our County government. We can be reached by phone at 703-792-4643, or you may e-mail me at mcmay@pwcgov.org or e-mail my Aide, Edward Cronin, at ecronin@pwcgov.org.”

May wins Occoquan seat on Board; likely to be “strong ally” to Stewart; wants to “control growth”

by Timothy Dwyer, The Washington Post

31 January 2007, p B5

“Republican Michael C. May, a former Prince William County planning commissioner with strong ties to U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.), was elected yesterday to the Prince William Board of County Supervisors.

“May, a lawyer who was once a staff member for Davis, beat Democrat Jeff Dion in a special election by a vote of 1,726 to 1,289 in complete but unofficial results. The balloting drew 12 percent of registered voters in the district.

“May takes the Occoquan supervisor seat left vacant in the fall when Corey A. Stewart (R) was elected chairman of the board to succeed Sean T. Connaughton, who resigned.

“When May, 30, joins the board next week, he will give Republicans a 6 to 2 majority. He will have to run again for the seat in November, when all board members will be up for reelection.

“May probably will give Stewart another strong ally on the board. Stewart has at times been overshadowed in meetings by Supervisor W.S. Covington III (R-Brentsville), who proposed a year-long freeze on residential rezonings at Stewart’s first meeting as chairman.

“The run for the Occoquan seat was May’s second attempt to get elected to the board. He ran for the same seat in 2003 but lost the Republican nomination to Stewart.

“May takes office as the board faces many critical decisions. The state’s second-largest county — and the region’s second-fastest-growing county — has an $18 million shortfall in revenue for this fiscal year and will soon begin looking for ways to cut $22 million from next year’s budget. A slowdown in the housing market caused the sharp drop in revenue.

“In addition, the board has placed itself squarely in the middle of the transportation debate by adopting the freeze on approving residential rezonings. The freeze, proposed last year by Covington and adopted unanimously by the board, was designed not only to put the brakes on development but to send a message to Richmond to pass legislation funding transportation projects and road improvements.

“Last week, the board voted unanimously against the state Republicans’ transportation plan, saying it would raise local taxes and fees to fund projects without giving the board any control over how the money would be spent.

“May said during the campaign that he favored slow growth, a position Stewart took in his campaign to become chairman.

” ‘We have to control growth,’ May said. ‘I have done that as the at-large planning commissioner by voting against 70 percent of all new residential units, and I will continue to fight to control growth on the board.’ “

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