The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed Dec. 4 to pay nearly $250,000 in dues to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments for the coming year's dues, despite a highly publicized spat with the regional organization earlier this year.
In March, the supervisors found themselves at odds with the COG because of a proposal from the group that called for stricter gun control measures, including a ban on assault weapons, closing the “gun-show loophole,” creating a national registry for people who have been convicted of felony firearm violations, prohibiting the sale of armor-piercing ammunition and several other gun-control measures.
The COG eventually passed a toned-down version of the resolution.
In related news, Supervisor Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles) on Dec. 11 was elected the COG's president for 2014.
Letourneau has previously served as a corporate officer for the council, and he represents Loudoun on the organization's board of directors.
"The Washington region has many complex issues that can only be solved by localities working together,” Letourneau said in a prepared statement. “With Metro's Silver Line on the way, Dulles International Airport, and a growing and diverse tax base, Loudoun County plays an increasingly vital role in the development of the Washington region. It is important that we have a seat at the table when regional issues are discussed and I will take full advantage of this opportunity."