Prince William County

The following were among actions taken at the Sept. 25 meeting of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. For more information, call 335-6600.

TAXES -- The county collected just over $1 million in overdue taxes from 200 county residents between July 1 and Aug. 31, apparently in response to county threats in June to publicize the names of delinquent taxpayers in local newspapers and then actual publication of the names in early August, Acting Finance Director William B. Hoffman told the Board of County Supervisors.

The board decided to publicize the names of residents who owed more than $1,000 in taxes on personal property, real estate or business, professional and occupational licenses from 1989 and before in an effort to get the tardy taxpayers to settle their bills with the county. About 1,200 residents owed the county a total about $5 million in tax bills over $1,000.

For other property owners who have not paid their taxes the county can take them to court or file a lien against their property. If real estate taxes have not been paid for three years or more the county can force the property to be sold at public auction to recover the money owed the county.

The board, which allocated almost $5,000 to publicize the names, decided not to advertise the names of another 25,450 people who owe the county less than $1,000 each, totaling $5.3 million. Publicizing all the names would have cost the county about $614,000.

Last year, between July and August, the county collected only $488,000 in any overdue taxes, according to Hoffman.

A staff report to the board said, "This {almost $600,000} increase in delinquent tax collections was attributable all or in part to the advertising of these delinquent tax accounts."

ZONING ACTIONS -- The board approved a request by Potomac Gable Limited Partnership to rezone two acres at Horner Road and Botts Avenue from general business to residential multi-family for future development. 5 to 1. Woodbridge District.

Town of Haymarket

The following were among actions taken at the Oct. 1 meeting of the Haymarket Town Council. For more information, call 754-4816.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN -- The council approved revisions to the land-use section of the town's comprehensive plan, which under state law must be updated every five years. However, the section on transportation was referred back to the Planning Commission for it to reconsider long-term plans for a new road to reroute traffic around the town.

In general, the comprehensive plan is a guide that seeks to help the town of Haymarket, which has a population of 550, maintain its "small-town image," according to Lorene Payne, the town's planning consultant.

Most of the town's 372 acres are now zoned residential, with commercial zoning in and around the town center and some industrial zoning. The major land-use revisions approved by the council suggest that land north of Interstate 66 be changed from residential to commercial in the area west of Old Carolina Road and to industrial in the area east of Old Carolina Road.

The comprehensive plan "is the intent for future activities," Payne emphasized, adding that there "is no intention of the town council to do a town-wide rezoning."

"Nothing is going to change until the town residents ask them to," Payne said.

The plan also suggests that as Haymarket's population grows and the demand for water exceeds the capacity of the town's well-water system, plans should be made to install hook-ups for access to Prince William County's public water lines. Currently, public water lines extend only as far north as Tyler Elementary School on Route 55.

The transportation section of the comprehensive plan suggests that a new road be built in the next 20 years to alleviate traffic along the section of Route 55 that runs through the town center. The proposed road would approach the town from the east at Route 55, turn south and run roughly adjacent to the railroad tracks, cross Old Carolina Road and eventually veer north again and re-intersect with Route 55.

A town resident who said the proposed road would run through her property east of Old Carolina Road is opposed to the project. The council, which tentatively approved the transportation plans last spring, asked the Planning Commission to consider eliminating the section of the proposed road from Route 55 to Old Carolina.

The transportation section of the comprehensive plan also incorporates county plans to construct a cloverleaf interchange for Interstate 66 and Route 15 northwest of town, which will involve about 22 acres of property inside the town.

At the meeting, a county planning commissioner also briefed the council on the county's plans to add a four-lane extension of Route 15 to provide a western bypass of the proposed interchange. The interchange and bypass are included in the five-year update to the county's comprehensive plan.

Prince William County will hold a public hearing Wednesday, Oct. 24, on revisions to its comprehensive plan, including the proposed Route 15 bypass. The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the county's administrative building, at Davis Ford and Hoadly roads.