School Board Hearing

On Construction Funding

The Alexandria School Board will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in the School Board meeting room, 2000 N. Beauregard St., on funding options for construction projects at Minnie Howard School, T.C. Williams High School and Maury Elementary School.

Citizens interested in speaking at the hearing may sign up by contacting Rosemary Webb, clerk of the School Board, at 703-824-6614. To read more about the funding options, visit the ACPS Web site at www.acps.k12.va.us, or call 703-824-6635 to receive information.

Delinquent Property Tax

Claims In Alexandria

According to city officials, many Alexandria property owners have received solicitation letters concerning delinquent property taxes from an out-of-state company, Multi-Fund of Columbus Inc. The letters state that the property owner is in danger of losing his or her home because of delinquent property taxes that have been, or are about to be, sold to a collection agency.

City officials said that for the vast majority of cases, this is not true. In addition, the letters state that tax lien holders have the right to foreclose on the homeowner's property. This company offers to "restructure finances" by providing a loan with an escrow account.

City officials said Multi-Fund of Columbus Inc. is not employed by the city and is not authorized to represent the city to assist in the collection of any outstanding property taxes. The city does not sell real estate tax liens to outside persons or agencies. The majority of property owners who have been subject to this solicitation currently have no delinquent property taxes due to the city and are paid up to date, according to a city press release.

City officials contact property owners with delinquent tax accounts directly (throughout the year) before any collection action is taken. Anyone who has received the solicitation from Multi Fund of Columbus Inc. or who has questions concerning the status of their real property tax accounts should contact the City of Alexandria Tax Services Branch at 703-838-4570 for assistance.

Boundary Committee

Ready to Get Started

The Arlington School Board voted at its meeting last Thursday to approve the membership of the Boundary and Enrollment Adjustments Process Committee.

Linda Henderson will serve as co-chair of the committee. A second co-chair has not yet been selected. Each school's PTA selected two parent representatives to serve on the committee. The principal at each of the north Arlington schools affected will serve as an ex officio member of the committee and has selected a teacher representative as well. A list of the complete committee membership is available at www.arlington.k12.va.us/facilities/northboundary.html.

The process will examine boundaries for 11 elementary schools: Ashlawn, Barrett, Glebe, Jamestown, Key, Long Branch, McKinley, Nottingham, Taylor, Tuckahoe and Science Focus.

The committee will begin meeting this month to discuss possible solutions and make a recommendation to the superintendent. The superintendent is expected to present recommendations to the School Board in December, and the board will act on his recommendations in late winter or early spring. Any changes will go into effect in September 2005.

Additional information about school boundaries is available at www.arlington.k12.va.us/facilities/northboundary.html or via the school system Web site at www.arlington.k12.va.us under "News and Events." The page will be updated regularly and will include links to minutes from each committee meeting as well as boundary maps, preliminary draft scenarios and demographic information.

Citizens may send comments by e-mail to boundary@arlington.k12.va.us.