Prince William County news in brief
County property assessments for 2011 are in the mail
Prince William County officials mailed property assessments to residents and business owners that reflect a real estate market that is on the rebound.
County officials said the real estate tax base was up 6.3 percent, or about $2.4 billion, between 2010 and 2011. Apartment values increased the most, by almost 12 percent, while residential properties, which include single-family houses, townhouses and condominiums, rose 5.4 percent, county officials said, noting that the average home price is $264,707.
Commercial and industrial property assessments increased 3.2 percent, county officials said.
Property owners with questions about their 2011 assessment can call the real estate assessment office at 703-792-6780 or visit www.pwcgov.org/realestate. If owners think their assessment are incorrect, they can file an appeal to the office by July 1. Real estate appeals can also be filed to the Board of Equalization, which conducts formal hearings to resolve assessment disputes, county officials said. Appeals to the BOE must be filed by Aug 1.
Real estate and personal property tax relief is also available for eligible elderly or disabled residents. For information, call the assessments office.
Sesquicentennial shuttle bus tickets are on sale
Shuttle bus ticket packages for the Sesquicentennial Civil War Commemoration are on sale through Historic Manassas. The commemoration runs from July 21 to 24.
The package costs $20 per day and includes bus transfer fees, a $5 Manassas note to be used at participating retailers and access to all seven event sites within the City of Manassas, including the Manassas Museum, Liberia Plantation, Mayfield Fort and the Confederate Cemetery. Children 4 and younger are free.
Free visitor parking will be available at the Prince William County Fairgrounds, 10624 Dumfries Rd., Manassas.
Tickets for the Sesquicentennial Blue and Gray Ball on July 23 are also on sale for $75.
For information or to purchase tickets, call 703-361-6599 or visit www.manassascivilwar.org.
Ben Lomond to reopen in May as Pringle House Hospital
The Ben Lomond Historic Site in Manassas is scheduled to reopen May 21 as the Pringle House Hospital, a Confederate hospital used after the Battle of First Manassas.
In addition to the reinterpretation of the house that was built in 1832, the slave quarter, smokehouse and dairy will be included in the tour.