Loudoun County news in brief

November 18, 2013
Publication cites Loudoun’s libraries for excellence

The Loudoun County Public Library system has been named a Star Library in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service.

Library Journal is the leading professional publication in the library field, county officials said in a statement. It developed its ranking of public libraries based on number of visits, circulation, program attendance and public use of library computers.

Library Journal rated 7,573 U.S. public library systems. Loudoun’s system was one of 254 libraries to receive a star rating. In Virginia, five other systems received the star rating: the Arlington County, Falls Church, Central Rappahannock, Henrico and Williamsburg library systems.

“We are extremely proud to receive this recognition,” library director Chang Liu said in the statement.

“This shows the high value and importance our community places on our public libraries.”

Members sought for county Disability Services Board

The Loudoun County Disability Services Board is seeking members to raise awareness about issues affecting people with disabilities.

There are six positions available. Residents with disabilities or who have family members with disabilities, as well as business owners and community service agency representatives, are encouraged to apply.

The board meets at 7 p.m. third Thursdays at the Loudoun Government Center in Leesburg.

Applicants may send a letter and résumé to the Office of the County Administrator, 1 Harrison St. SE, Mail Stop No. 2, Leesburg, Va. 20175, or e-mail coadmin@loudoun.gov.

Questions should be directed to accessibility services manager Catherine Motivans at 571-258-3282 (TTY/711) or catherine.motvans@loudoun.gov.

Loudoun’s AAA bond rating reaffirmed by top agencies

The nation’s top bond rating agencies have again affirmed Loudoun County’s AAA rating on its general obligation bonds, citing the county’s strong financial management practices and policies, county officials said in a statement.

Loudoun has received the Aaa rating from Moody’s since 2004, and AAA from Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings since 2005.

A statement from Moody’s said that the Aaa rating reflects Loudoun’s “strong and diverse tax base, with strong long-term growth potential, above-average wealth levels, consistently solid financial performance and an average overall debt burden.”

Fitch cited Loudoun’s “robust economy” and “sound financial position.” The agency said the second phase of expansion of Dulles Rail into Loudoun “will have a positive effect on the county’s dynamic economy.”

Standard & Poor’s highlighted Loudoun’s “very strong economy that serves as a residential, commercial and retail center for the Washington metropolitan statistical area, coupled with very strong income and wealth.”

Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large) said in the statement that the reaffirmation of the rating “is good news for Loudoun taxpayers, because it means the county will continue to get the best possible interest rates to finance our capital projects.”

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson

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