Real estate assessments
are rising in Manassas

The 2013 real estate assessment notices were mailed to Manassas property owners last week.

The value of residential properties, on average, increased during the year by 5 percent, and commercial/industrial properties rose by nearly 1.2 percent. Assessments of taxable real estate in the city for 2013 are about $4.1 billion, an increase of about $176 million (or 4.5 percent) over 2012.

According to the city, assessed values may change for various reasons, including appreciation, structural changes and land divisions.

Property owners may appeal their assessments in writing with the Real Estate Division by March 11.

For information, call 703-257-8254 for north side residential properties; 703-257-8250 for south side; and 703-257-8217 for business properties; or visit

Deadline extended for business recycling reports

The deadline for Prince William County businesses to complete their annual recycling reports has been extended to Feb. 28.

The survey is available at and takes about five to 10 minutes to complete.

The Department of Public Works is collecting information on all county businesses and non-residential properties’ recycling practices as a requirement for compliance with the Code of Virginia. Recycling is mandatory in the county.

For information, call 703-792-4670 or visit

Hospital auxiliary offers $1,000 scholarships

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Auxiliary is offering $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors in eastern Prince William County who plan to pursue a career in health care or a medical related field.

The eligible public schools are C.D. Hylton, Forest Park, Freedom, Gar-Field, Potomac and Woodbridge high schools. Students who attend a private high school or are home-schooled in the eastern end of the county are also eligible to apply.

The deadline is March 15. For information, visit

— Compiled by Sarah Lane