Tax Payments on the Internet

In an effort to improve service, Fairfax County officials are offering residents the option of paying their tax bills by credit card or electronic check using the Internet.

The county will accept payment by credit card on the Department of Tax Administration's Web site, www.co.fairfax.va.us/dta. Residents can change addresses, record the move or sale of vehicles and estimate the proration of certain vehicle taxes online. In addition, residents can use a secure communication page on the Web site to pay by electronic check. Payment by electronic check is a single-payment program in which the tax administration office will electronically debit the taxpayer's bank account.

For further information on the e-commerce options, call the tax administration office at 703-222-8234.

City, GMU Host Educational Fest

The City of Fairfax and George Mason University will host the first annual "Fall for the Book" Festival Sept. 23-25. The three-day educational festival will feature programs and events that encourage literacy, reading and writing.

The programs will include local and national writers who will participate in readings, discussions, lectures and exhibits geared to all ages. Two of the featured writers are Diane Rehm and James Glassman. Most events will be open to the public and free.

For schedule information and locations, visit the Web site (www.fallforthebook.org) or call 703-279-3326.

Schools Name Financial Superintendent

H. Charles Woodruff II has been appointed assistant superintendent in the Department of Financial Services for Fairfax County schools, Superintendent Daniel A. Domenech announced.

Woodruff replaces Carl F. Juncker, who retires this month. Woodruff is being promoted from the position of director of the Office of Budget Services, a post he has held since 1986.

Woodruff began his career with Fairfax County in 1974 as a consumer specialist. From 1976 to 1983, he served as a budget analyst for Fairfax County government. In 1983, Woodruff he joined the school system as expenditure coordinator. He held that position until becoming budget director in 1986.

Under Woodruff's direction, the budget office has won numerous awards, including honors from the Government Finance Officers Association and the Association of School Business Officials. The office also won the Virginia Government Finance Officers first-place award for its outstanding budgeting and fiscal forecasting programs.

Woodruff lives in Reston with his wife and family.

County Offers Y2K Phone Line

Fairfax County government has launched an automated Y2K information telephone line to provide information about how the county is preparing to deal with the 2000 date change in computers. The 24-hour line provides information about individual preparation, utility company contacts and additional resources. The number is 703-263-2000.

Fairfax County officials do not anticipate that the so-called Y2K computer glitch will cause major problems in Fairfax County. But officials still encourage residents to be prepared.

Officials suggest compiling an emergency-preparedness kit that includes water, food, first-aid supplies, medicine, clothing, bedding, battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries. Include special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members. People who rely on medical or life-saving devices should check with the manufacturer to determine whether they are Y2K compliant.

Busy People Can Volunteer, Too

The volunteer center of Fairfax County offers a volunteer program for people with busy schedules. Volunteers for Change provides weekend and weekday evening opportunities for volunteers who attend a one-time orientation. The one-hour session is usually held at the beginning of each month.

After the orientation, volunteers are able to participate in any of the more than 25 monthly community service projects throughout Northern Virginia. Service projects include planting trees, bagging food for homeless families, playing bingo or going bowling with the elderly, chaperoning teen dances, providing activities for homeless children while their parents attend life skills classes and many more.

The next two orientation sessions are Oct. 5 and Nov. 1, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the volunteer center, 10530 Page Ave., Fairfax City. For information or to register, call Scott Scholz, 703-246-3460, or visit the Web site, www.volunteerfairfax.org.