News of interest to Loudoun and Fauquier counties that appeared in the daily Post Sept. 19-25.
Tax Breaks for Stadium
Loudoun County officials are willing to hand over hundreds of millions of dollars to build a baseball stadium and subsidize team owners if Major League Baseball moves the Montreal Expos to a site beside Dulles International Airport, backers of Virginia's bid said. Revenue from a proposed Loudoun tax on game tickets and an array of county tax breaks are central to Virginia's financing plan. But they have been discussed little in public, and officials said they cannot put a dollar amount on the benefits Loudoun would receive in return.
High Court to Hear Case
The Virginia Supreme Court has decided to hear a case brought by Loudoun County landowners seeking to overturn the slow-growth zoning changes enacted by the previous Board of Supervisors. The landowners contend they were not properly notified about the proposed changes, which were made in an attempt to slow residential growth. Some of the more than 200 lawsuits filed have been dropped, and dozens have been the subject of settlement talks. More than 100 lawsuits are working their way through the legal process. The Supreme Court also ruled in the county's favor on two development-related cases. The justices upheld a decision blocking the annexation of land near Leesburg and ruled against Greenvest LC, which sued to overturn the county's rejection of some of the firm's development plans.
Va. Baseball Bid Still Alive
Virginia is still in the running to host the Montreal Expos, despite the swirl of activity surrounding the District's bid, backers of the state's effort said.