Tax Relief Approved

For Alexandria Businesses

The Alexandria City Council has adopted an ordinance that city officials say will provide business-license tax relief, reform and simplification for small- and medium-size businesses during their first two years operating in the city.

According to a city press release, the new system will reduce the tax burden for businesses whose estimated gross receipts are between $100,000 and $2 million to $50 in the first year, and then, on average, cuts the tax burden in about half for the second year. Complicated true-ups, or reconciliations, in subsequent years also have been eliminated for these businesses.

Businesses that have estimated gross receipts of $2 million or less in the first year of operation will pay a one-time $50 fee to obtain a business license, according to the city. In the second year of operation, the businesses will pay a business-license tax that is based on the first year's actual gross receipts and not estimated gross receipts for the second year, which had been the practice. The businesses will pay the business license tax in the third year on the basis of the second year's actual gross receipts.

On the basis of the number of new businesses's tax returns received in prior years, the ordinance is expected to benefit approximately 100 new businesses in fiscal 2006 at a cost of $200,000, according to the city. In fiscal 2007 and beyond, the estimated cost is $400,000, benefiting approximately 200 new businesses per year.

Washington-Lee Track

To Close for Renovation

The Washington-Lee High School stadium track will be closed from July 11 to Oct. 15 so that Arlington County can install new synthetic turf on the stadium field.

Washington-Lee is making other arrangements for school practices and games during this period, and citizens will be notified of the changes. Information also will be available by calling the school's sports activities hotline at 703-228-6220.

Kenmore Registrar's Office

Relocated to Carlin Springs

The registrar's office at Kenmore Middle School has been temporarily relocated to neighboring Carlin Springs Elementary School, 5995 S. Fifth Rd., Arlington.

Staff will be available through the summer at this location for parents wishing to register their student for the fall. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A new school that will accommodate 850 students is being built on the current Kenmore site. The new building is scheduled to open in September. As work is completed on the new Kenmore this summer, the old building will be demolished.