Loudoun shifts assessments to commissioner of revenue

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has approved the transfer of the real estate assessment function from the Office of the Assessor to the Commissioner of the Revenue.

The move, to be effective Thursday, followed a recommendation from the board-appointed Government Reform Commission. The commission’s report on this issue and others is at www.
loudoun.gov/reform
.

Supervisors change regular business meeting schedule

The next regular business meeting of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is scheduled for 4 p.m. Jan. 2.

The board canceled its previously scheduled Tuesday business meeting.

Beginning next year, the board intends to hold regular business meetings on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, beginning at 4 p.m., with public input beginning at 6 p.m.

The board’s monthly public hearing will be on the second Wednesday of the month, beginning at 6 p.m. In addition, the board’s Finance, Government Services and Operations Committee is changing its schedule and will meet on second Tuesdays at 5 p.m.

The meetings are available for viewing through the webcast system at www.loudoun.gov/
webcast
. Board meeting documents are at www.loudoun.gov/bosdocuments.

Leesburg cancels First Night
celebration for second year

The First Night Leesburg celebration, held on New Year’s Eve for most of the past quarter-century, has been canceled, according to a joint statement by Leesburg officials and the Bluemont Concert Series.

“We are certainly not happy about the decision to cancel First Night for the second year in a row, but we are convinced it is the right one under the circumstances,” Bob Sevila, First Night Leesburg chairman and a member of the Bluemont board of directors, said in the statement. “An unfortunate combination of factors has led to our decision to cancel, including persistent financial uncertainties.”

Town Manager John Wells said Leesburg was “looking forward to exploring opportunities for a new edition of First Night in Leesburg” in the future.

Since 1986, First Night Leesburg has presented a variety of performing groups and activities at dozens of indoor sites within walking distance in downtown Leesburg, between 6 p.m. and midnight on New Year’s Eve. In 2010, First Night Leesburg presented 45 artist groups in 92 performances at 17 indoor sites and was attended by about 3,500 to 4,000 Leesburg residents and visitors, the statement said.

Bluemont will be working over the next months on a transition plan to ensure the future of Bluemont’s programs in the community, the statement said.

People interested in helping should contact Lily Dunning at lily@bluemont.org or Milt Herd at mh@herdplanning.com.

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson