Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Phyllis Randall has encouraged Loudouners to practice social distancing since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.

Contrary to her previous events in front of a packed boardroom, she was one of just several people in the boardroom during her State of the County address Wednesday in Leesburg as Virginia remains under a stay-at-home order.

The county and nation are in a worldwide pandemic that has thus far claimed 49 Loudoun residents' lives.

“We stand in almost unprecedented times, not for over 100 years has a pandemic so devastated the world,” Randall (D-At Large) said. “COVID-19 has robbed us of our ability to gather for parties and parades, for relaxation and recreation, for work or worship, for high school games and high school graduations.”

Randall congratulated the graduating seniors from Loudoun County, recognizing them for their confidence, independence, engagement and awareness. She called the class amazing and wished them the best of luck in the future. She urged the seniors to consider volunteering for a nonprofit organization “with a mission that speaks to your passions.”

Randall said the nonprofit community in Loudoun has seen a significant increase in the number of citizens utilizing its resources, including re-entry services, homelessness mitigation, domestic violence assistance and food services.

Loudoun Hunger Relief has seen a daily increase of 26 new families receiving food assistance based on six days a week service during the pandemic, Randall said. Loudoun Hunger has distributed 102 tons of food and more than 170,000 meals in April.

During this year’s budget process, Randall said the Board of Supervisors has allocated more than $2 million to local nonprofits for fiscal 2021. Loudoun citizens have also made donations to the nonprofit community, including more than $600,000 on the annual GiveChoose day in May.

“Quite honestly, it is not possible for county government to fulfill the various needs of every Loudoun citizen,” Randall said. “Our nonprofits stand in the gap and complete our circle. In a compassionate, respectful manner they deliver an invaluable service. Because our nonprofits work directly with families, they realize that with the exception of robbing many of their livelihood and some of their lives, the most sinister result of this virus is that it has robbed us of our ability to feel safe, to hug, to touch, and to even be near loved ones when most needed.”

Randall recognized county staff, teachers and volunteers for their service during these trying times. She further applauded the efforts of hospitals and medical staff, first responders and all essential workers.

In Loudoun, five members of the sheriff’s office and nine members of the combined fire and rescue system have thus far contracted the coronavirus. Randall said all of them have recovered.

“COVID 19 has redefined, or maybe just clarified, what a hero is,” Randall said. “Not someone who leaps tall buildings in a single bound, shoots a spider web from their hand, or flies an invisible jet. No, a hero is someone who does a job even while realizing that job could put them, and sadly their families, at risk; yet they go to work, gloved up, masked up and often fed up.”

Randall also talked about the board’s April 8 vote to adopt a fiscal 2021 budget that reduces the tax rate one cent from $1.045 per $100 in assessed value. The budget, which goes into effect in July, totals approximately $3 billion in appropriations for the county government and school system.

Initially, the upcoming tax rate was thought to result in a tax bill increase for most homeowners, but Randall said if devaluation of the real property portfolio occurs due to the coronavirus pandemic, the new rate will likely fall below the projected equalized tax rate for fiscal 2021.

Amid the pandemic, the board authorized administrative staff to freeze most of the previously approved new county positions. Randall said the board also took “the very difficult step” of freezing merit-based pay hikes for all county employees.

“... This board realizes our employees are hardworking, dedicated public servants who deserve merit increases,” Randall said. “However, as a body we believed it was important to ensure all our full- and part-time regular staff, as well as our full-time contract staff, remained employed at their current pay structure, to include the pay increase from the compensation and classification study. This goal could only be accomplished if we froze all new local tax funded positions and postponed merit pay increases.”

At the advice of Loudoun County Treasurer Roger Zurn (R), the board extended the deadline for personal property taxes to June 5. The board also reserved -- essentially froze -- $100 million to prepare for coronavirus-related costs.

"Loudoun, we realize the efforts made by the county board do not in any way relieve the financial pressure your families are experiencing due to a layoff or the loss of a business, but it is our hope that taking these prudent, pragmatic steps will ensure that county government remains available to meet the needs of our citizens,” Randall said.

The chairwoman said the pandemic has placed more than 29,000 Loudouners in unemployment and “devastated” large companies, small businesses and the hospitality community.

Randall noted that the Loudoun County Economic Development office awarded grants to more than 200 local businesses impacted by the virus. The relief fund totaled nearly $1.4 million, with $1.15 million being diverted from the county’s business incentive fund and $250,000 coming from the Loudoun Economic Development Authority.

She recognized county marketing agency Visit Loudoun, the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce and the economic development office for the organizations' work to connect with and assist businesses and job seekers. She also applauded the efforts of local businesses that have adjusted marketing and sales plans and aided essential workers.

The county is receiving approximately $36 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding. A portion of the CARES Act funding will go to the seven local incorporated towns, and some can be used to aid small businesses and nonprofits.

“Loudoun, I feel very secure in telling you the state of our county is caring, resilient, compassionate and strong," Randall said. “Together, we will weather this storm. We will stand as an example for every county in our nation, of what it means to be a diverse, caring county that resolves to take care of one another. In the face of this great challenge, we won’t simply achieve what’s Loudoun possible, we’ll achieve the seemingly impossible.”

In a video montage, high school seniors from around Loudoun County spoke about their memories and wishes for their classmates.

International recording artist Tracy Hamlin opened the evening with the national anthem.

(63) comments

Zeekva

Amerigirl I invite you to Google & watch Bill Maher’s Amazon Death Star sometime today, as well as Nursing Trends forecasted based on 2020’s —> How do ppl get infusions, bloodwork and medical care? Telehealth/HomeHealthNursing. Loudoun Cty‘a Board of Supervisors asking residents & businesses to make monetary donations for PPE? How can they? Stop the non/essential grouping now. Businesses are shut down, residents are feeling effects of economic hardship while board members still receive raises & an income unaffected by this crisis? Bezos is a trillionaire now- And homeschool? You want to argue chrome books as a suitable means for k-12 to learn? Have you thought about students with IEP’s? The parents both working FT jobs and have children that require assistance with learning and before/after-school care? I’d like to think you are the type of person who admits perhaps you haven’t considered that which you have not experienced as your reason for some of your posts. This isn’t dem vs rep, it’s mismanaged decision making, misappropriated funds, misinformation all across the board that has managed to trickle down and infest our community with intolerance for each other.

amerigirl

Businesses are opening in 2 days. What do you want to have happen before then? Many people who are working are getting paid, why shouldn't the BOS? There are people on unemployment and getting their $600 a week that are sitting home making more that people who have to work and taking risks. I have heard numerous times of how badly they have treated these essential workers in home depot, the auto businesses, it's just not right. Bezos is a trillionaire now, so? He must be pretty smart, but what does that have to do with this? Both of my kids had IEP's so yes I have thought of that. I am fully aware of the situation, it sucks. I still have no idea what they are doing about school since they just had 5 more teachers test positive. What would you suggest? I think that chrome books is a great fill in until the whole thing is addressed. I agree it's not rep vs dem, or at least it wasn't until trump started tweeting his LIBERATE tweets and blaming it on dems. It is a safety issue.

jke

You wonder why she thinks she can change the meaning of the word hero? Big ego or inflated sense of worth.

amerigirl

Or you don't know what the word Hero means, a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.Your over inflated ego makes you think you know everything.

Voltaire

Just another illustration of "Government Gone Wild". This pandemic is local government's 15 minutes of fame and they are going to milk it for all it is worth which is unfortunate.

LoudounandOut

Are the supervisors still getting that huge raise? Even though, most of them don't even bother showing up for work. Especially Buffington! He usually has a cardboard cutout sitting in his chair, and the cutout is about as competent as the real thing.

amerigirl

You men their first raise in 8 years that takes them up to still being below the average income for a worker in Loudoun county?

LetsBreal

Wouldn't you be happier at Daily Kos?

amerigirl

Lets, I'm happy in lots of places, Are you not capable of being happy in more than one place?

Voltaire

What have they done to deserve a raise? It is a part-time position. From what I see, they have done nothing except (1) continue to let the school board/system go spending crazy (costing everyone through increased taxes to pay for the bonds issued to build tons of school facilities that may or may not be needed); (2) spend money on unnecessary things/services and (3) approve every housing project that comes their way turning Eastern Loudoun into a version of LA County with its density. Gee, but I believe that density is the reason that COVID-19 spread through the big metro areas. Boy, that type of "strategic" leadership certainly deserves a raise....not.

amerigirl

Vol, the board’s last pay raise in 2008. It equates to where salaries would be now if supervisors received approximately 4% raises every year. How many raises have you had in the last 12 years? I bet you would leave any job that didn’t appreciate your work enough to not give you a raise for that long.

Virginia SGP

A part-time worker, AG? I'm pretty sure that is some staight up nonsense.

amerigirl

How many hours do you consider part time?

Voltaire

I think that it is a total disgrace that anyone should get a bonus, much less paid, for a job that he/she does not show up. Attendance is part of the job so do it. The citizens of his district should ask to have him recalled. This is the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors not the U.K. House of Lords with permanent tenure. There was a Board member who wouldn't sign things. He should have been recalled but wasn't (he was voted out I believe). Good grief.

hardworkingamerican

AG all small businesses are essential. What are you talking about. All of them. You have obviously never put everything you have in life on the line into a single business and then had someone like CM Northam tell you it means nothing and rip it from you. Everyone go back to work, protest this Governor and call for his removal, this Gestapo Governor must go!

More Cowbell

If you think about what the Gov and BOS object to, it shows how incompetent they are. Currently you can go into subway and place an order, and get food to go. You can go to Wegman's where there are over 700-1000 people in the store at 1 time, touch food, put it back. That's ok. but somehow other small businesses are the culprit, if they open, then northern va is doomed. Ok to let criminals out of jail early instead of just giving them a mask and gloves to wear all day for protection. Unless a mask and gloves don't protect? Oh and that person preparing the food, doesn't change gloves everytime they touch something....It's scary to come out of a bathroom at a restaurant and Management had to put up a sign to remind employees to wash their hands... To me that is common sense.

amerigirl

Cow, what wegmans are you going to? I’ve never been in one with even half that many people and I haven’t seen people touching food and putting it back either. You can get food to go because people need to eat. Some small business have figured out how to keep business virtually, even selling on Amazon. You can give a criminal a mask and hope it works better than it did in nursing homes but due to the cell size they can’t stay 6 ft apart. If you have already touched the food why would you need clean gloves to touch it again? Believe it or not having that sign is actually a law. And they can fire any employee that doesn’t, or at least that is what I had been told before.

Voltaire

Totally agree. Most of the measures identified by the Government (CDC) on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are really basic common sense (wash hands, keep hands away from face, cover your mouth when you sneeze, stay home if you are sick). It is sad that people now instead of thinking for themselves instead ask the Government to do everything for them. That is not the role of the Government to be the nanny state and take care of everything. People have to take responsibility and be held accountable. They don't and instead ask the Government to do everything for them. This situation fits the quotation "...common sense is not so common..."

amerigirl

really, so there are small businesses that you would need to survive that are essential? Do you need toys from your favorite sex shop? Greeting cards from Hallmark? There are programs that can keep small businesses alive such as PPP. Poor example since the trump admin messed that up so bad. Northam did not start the pandemic it was the pandemic that makes it hard on everybody. You need someone to blame and that's a sad state of affairs because we should all be in this together. But you want to make it political and that's nothing but divisive and unfair.

Virginia SGP

AG, clueless every single day. The only thing the traitors' lockdown order did was force residents to buy greeting cards from Wegmans, Target and Walmart instead of Hallmark. They are destroying America because they have no idea how capitalism works. You know, the system that brought all this wealth? Why don't we take your unearned SS checks and Medicare handouts back. That is what we should be doing instead of destroying businesses.

Voltaire

First of all, the first comment is way out of line if we are truly "in this together" as that would imply that we are working together not launching tasteless barbs at fellow citizens as has been illustrated. The PPP, even with technical/logistical challenges, did work and provided some aid for businesses that were imposed by the Government imposed shutdown. As this shutdown was caused by both the virus, directly, and the Government, in response to, there should be more aid provided as these businesses would have, assuming the economic conditions at the time, been functioning and productive. As for Northam, yes, he did not start the pandemic. However, he has not really shown much leadership and has delegated almost every thing to someone else to handle/discuss. Look no further than the weekly press conferences where the media asks Northam a question directly and he delegates to the health commissioner, secretary, deputy secretary etc. He is the chief executive of this Commonwealth and the buck stops with him for this pandemic response and he needs to perform his job instead of standing n the back of the room giggling like a naughty schoolboy. Northam also should have stood firm and made the decision whether the whole Commonwealth, not sections, moved into Phase I and not waffle when Northern Virginia asked to keep restrictions. He initially said that he, not local officials, would make that decision yet he waffled. Now, because the mayor of the City of Richmond is too weak willed to initiate a mandatory mask wearing order on the city and instead ran to Northam now everyone gets to deal with that on Tuesday. Again Northam should have told the mayor of the City of Richmond to figure it out on his own but instead being weak as water went along with it because that was the best political answer. It appears to me that it is hypocritical to continue down this argument of "everyone in this together" when people challenge something and it isn't "the flavor of month" by the establishment and so the answer is to either slam them for being different or shame them into compliance. This is the USA and individuals have the right to disagree and express differing viewpoints. You may not like it but that is the way it is. That is what the USA fought the British Empire over. It is sad nowadays that everyone must "join the collective" or they are viewed as ignorant/rude/divisive/etc. If you want that collective mentality, then communism/socialism works.

Pac1010

The only thing redefined is how inept and unprepared Phyllis Randall is to run Loudoun County. She has completely abandoned a majority of the people and small business owners of this county and is leading it right over a cliff into bankruptcy and ruin. The sooner she is run out of office the better.

amerigirl

Got that wrong. You are in the minority, the majority agree with her

countyresident

says The One Who Know Everything

amerigirl

County, I never claimed to know everything, as I have said before, I can read and I fact check. What do you do? Do you make things up and post it or do you check it out first? If you id then show me where I can get that info.

countyresident

AG you said this: "Got that wrong. You are in the minority, the majority agree with her". What are the facts that you checked to make that statement? Your constant throwaway comments are supercilious and tiresome.

amerigirl

County, Quinnipiac University poll, 71 % said they wanted their state government to focus on controlling the virus, not on reopening. Oh, I see how judgmental you are. If I make a statement about the majority agreeing with her it is supercilious and tiresome but when Pac1010 says majority of the people disagree you say nothing. So why didn’t you question him or say something derogatory about his remark? Why do you make the derogatory statement that I am “The One Who Know Everything”, when I have never said that, all I have said is that I can read and fact check? What is the problem? Are you being nasty and judgmental because I don’t agree with you?

Voltaire

I don't see any data to back up this claim. However, this is the same majority that wants Government to tell them what to do every hour of the day and not allow people the right as individuals to be independent and to act responsibly. I believe that these rights were the reason for the Revoltionary War with the British Empire. It is appalling that people don't want to think for themselves/be responsible. If we wanted a nanny state, we should have built a government structure similar to Europe.

RoundHillGuy

Big business protected by politicians, small business left to die on the vine. thanks Chair Randall. Can go into Wal Mart and Lowes with hundreds of people but cant go into small business with less than 10. Makes perfect sense!

Virginia SGP

Most of these politicians have never had a real job much less run a business. They don't know enough to even govern. And they don't even care. We would be much better off picking a random person from the phone directory to lead.

amerigirl

Sure it has nothing to do with the way the senate structured the relief bills. What small businesses have essentials? I bet they can stay open.

Jeanne T

"What small businesses have essentials?" Ask a small business owner. They have workers. And no one's work is "nonessential".

amerigirl

Jeanne, what essentials do you carry in your small business? Were your employees deemed essential?

Jeanne T

amerigirl:

I do not have a small business. However, you apparently don't comprehend what I am saying. so out of the goodness of my heart I'll try to explain myself one more time, but it's the last time.

When you decide that a one business and its employees are "essential" and another business and its employees are "nonessential", what you are really saying is that some people's WORK is essential and other peoples' WORK is "nonessential". This isn't about "nonessential items" and "nonessential employees". (Are tobacco and alcohol essential? I don't know, but I do know that these two items generate additional tax revenue above and beyond sales tax. Perhaps that's a clue as to their essentialness.) I do not believe that any person's work is "nonessential". Apparently you do, and apparently you cannot understand why people who have realized their dreams of having a business would be devastated to hear that their life's work is unimportant and should be shut down, putting them and their employees and their employees' families in difficult financial circumstances.

Furthermore, if some businesses really are "nonessential", then why should they be in business at all?

I've made myself as clear as I possibly can, and if you cannot understand what I am saying then I'm not going to waste more of my time trying to explain it again.

amerigirl

Yes I agree and understand what you are saying, but I don’t think you understand what I’m saying. The reason behind it is to have less person to person contact. Believe me there are plenty of essential workers that would much rather be home collecting unemployment than fearing for their lives especially with all the weirdos out there. There are people at grocery stores that have had their hours cut because store hours have been cut. Then you have the people who take their grievance’s out on them by spitting on them and yelling and throwing things at them because they don’t have stock. Security guards that have been shot, one had a arm broken for telling people to wear a mask when it is store policy. Most of these essential workers are getting paid less than the people who are sitting home collecting unemployment plus $600 a week. Even where my husband works that type of thing has happened. Many of these workers are over 60 or run the risk of taking coronavirus home to their families, like the one I told you about whose wife died. Her doctor said that she thought his wife would fully recover and live another 40-50 years. I sincerely hope that your business survives this. Best of luck.

countyresident

AG, your fear-mongering commentary is a huge part of the problem. You "cite" random terrible incidents that have no statistical relevance to actual life. Maybe it's because you haven't actually been out of your home since March? (your words) Once again, your statements are over the top and unsupportable except for your "feelings" about things. Who are you (or the government) to judge the essential and non-essential businesses or needs of the rest of us?? For heaven's sake please stop with the drama comments. Go outside, it will do you good!

Jeanne T

One more time, amerigirl: I don't have a business. I don't own a business. I am not a business owner. I believe all businesses should be open and should never have been shut down.

amerigirl

countyresident truth is not fear-mongering commentary. Ignorance of the truth is stupidity. Just how random do you think the things I "cite" are? You are out of touch with what is really going on. what statistical relevance are you expecting? .The things that happen are relevant, and the reason for the stats is to follow the curve. Maybe it's because you haven't actually heard what is happening because you don't have many people in the health field that you speak to, I do. So what if I have had to stay home since March? I spend time outside, but that is none of your business, and it is stupid of you to make assumptions on how that effects me or anyone else gong through this. So you would suggest that people who have conditions go places and get out of the house? I guess that makes your statements"feeling". My statement are fully supported, when in doubt be an adult and ask where I got the info. Thinking that you know everything about everyone. Who are you (or the government) to judge the essential and non-essential businesses or needs of the rest of us? Really, is it all that hard to figure out? Look up the word: Essential; absolutely necessary; extremely important.

Oh stop who are you to tell people what to do, not your job.

Voltaire

First, the relief bills were drafted/reviewed/approved by both houses of Congress, as defined in the U.S. Constitution. The senate cannot by itself pass legislative bills. The House of Representatives have to participate too. That premise, on its face, is wrong. The only U.S. state that has one body that can pass legislation on its own is Nebraska that has a unicameral legislature. Concerning the question about essential business, that apparently depends on what the Government considers essential and that is dependant on the state. Why should Government determine what is open and what isn't? If the business is able to comply with social distancing requirements then it should be allowed to be open. Now, thanks to Government, many small businesses either won't be able to reopen or be competitive with large box chain stores. How is that fair to small businesses who work hard and pay their taxes like everyone else? It isn't right for the Government to determine who wins and who loses.

More Cowbell

The only sense our corrupt career politicians have is nonsense. And that goes for both parties. It's a shame, we the people can't vote for everything vs allowing a lobbyist/developer decide. Put to a vote whether we should open or stay shutdown. Let the US taxpayers decide. Everyone has a choice to either go out or stay home. Heck they're making that decision now. There is no way any 1 person has stayed locked up in their house for 2 months.

amerigirl

Executive orders can’t be voted on. What lobbyist/developer had anything to do with this? Why would you have people stand in line during a pandemic to vote? How would you even propose that? Voting takes place at school which are shut. No not everyone has a choice on if they need to go out or not. People with medical problems who would like to stay home still need food and see doctors and get treatments. You have said this multiple times and I have pointed out that it is not an option for people. What would be your answer to how people that need chemo, dialysis, blood drawls etc. get what they need to stay alive? If you do not have an answer then you should stop saying it’s a choice. They sure are making that decision now, lots of people are leaving hot spots to go to open areas. They have tracked millions of trips via cell phone tracking. from those hot spots to open areas in the metro area.

adopted_va_son

@AG - Do people stand in line to get groceries, alcohol, at garden centers, pet stores, or shop at the businesses that have been deemed essential by the govmint (proper spelling)? And when they do buy alcohol they have to show an ID, which you no longer need in VA to vote, amazing huh? Why can't the schools open? They are all getting paid with our tax dollars, which with the business shutdown there will be a lot less. I can't wait to hear the whining from the local and state governments on why they don't have the money to serve even the basic need to their constituents.

amerigirl

adopted. Are you crazy? Absolutely not shop for pet goods, alcohol, go to a garden center. I do go to the grocery store but I also wear a N95 mask and socially distance. Lines at grocery store are pretty strictly enforces, they have plastic shield between you and the cashiers, who also wear masks. Haven’t you been to a grocery store lately? If voting could impair me and those around me then card me. Schools do not have to be open to teach. That is why all the students were given chrome books. Predicting the future?

Voltaire

I agree that Executive orders cannot be voted on. However, as shown in Wisconsin and Oregon, Executive Orders can be reviewed by the judiciary and overturned if they exceed their lawful intent. We have some Governors and local officials acting like they are monarchs and can act by decree. As to the choice premise about people going to doctors and food, given today's environment why couldn't those people get their services remotely. People have started using Teledoc for doctor's appointments and online food delivery services. As for bloodwork, they, lab services such as Quest Diagnostics or similar entity could come to the house and collect blood and leave. However, this requires individual thinking and innovation and those two attributes are not really on display as that would go against the collective mentality. Sad.

ace10

"“We stand in almost unprecedented times, not for over 100 years has a pandemic so devastated the world,” Randall (D-At Large) said." Uh, the pandemics of 1957/58 (Asian flu) and 1969 (Hong Kong flu) called, and they don't want you to forget about them. The term "recentism" seems to fit perfectly here.

hardworkingamerican

Wow, what a loser she is. Don't worry if your valuation goes down the multiplier will go up just like your tax bill did for this first 1/2 payment. I also found it so wonderful that they grouped all the property tax to the same day. June 5th. In the meantime, they pick and choose what businesses they want to allow to open. Sick people.

What a bunch of losers. Randall, Northam, Wexton, Bell, Kaine, Warner all must go. Enough of this garbage.

amerigirl

trumpian rant

countyresident

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countyresident

LOL!

countyresident

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Voltaire

How is that comment related to Trump? Whenever someone says something that runs counter to the collective establishment viewpoint on the world then they are classified as a Trumpian. Really? This shows me that the other side of this discussion can't handle dissent and therefore resort to the classic strategy of either slamming them or shaming them. This is the USA, not Moscow or Beijing you know. As for the comments about state/local officials, the gentlemen does have a valid point that they are worthless and should be removed. Why does the county need to continue to waste money and send me the same "Do your part to stop COVID-19" postcards over and over again...why don't they do their jobs and run their respective organizations as that is what they are paid to do. Not be my mommy and tell me what to do and when to do it.

amerigirl

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countyresident

great comeback! Thanks for proving my usual point - again!

amerigirl

County, and thank you for proving mine.

countyresident

LOL what an original response! Not. As usual.

Jeanne T

We heard you the first time, amerigirl. We're adults, just like you, believe it or not.

RockinLoCo

It has also helped identify what (and who) a wannabe fascist dictator is. Waiting for the next step of the issuance of "travel papers" to be allowed out of our houses.

Thebroof

Thanks those still working. Without them, her paycheck might be threatened. Randall's paycheck is more important than your mortgage payment.

More Cowbell

Yeah, noticed she didn't offer to give up that huge raise she voted for.... Major disgrace from this current BOS, especially those voting to keep us shutdown, while Loudoun(and nothern va) citizens go elsewhere to spend their money.

Virginia SGP

She is nothing more or less than a traitor.

BobOhneiserEsq

Phyllis is right about three issues. Local non-profit charities are critical to caring for local citizens the government is incapable of helping. Current assessments are too high which burden citizens unfairly and the cost of paying for school and government employees to stay home is too high and also unfair to homeowners. What I would have hoped for is more planning for how to deal with this new normal as we enter the fall. Will assessments be brought up to date considering circumstances? Will school and government personnel who are not working be asked to take less pay? Will non-profit charities be given more support as their efforts to help local citizens expand? Will leaders lead as well as report status? :-)

Chris McHale

Hey John M, do you have any popcorn I can borrow?

Waterfordresident

End this nonsense. She is the worse and will continue to ruin Loudoun. Wake up people. This has become political. Stop watching great the Democrat propaganda channels. Open your minds for a change. Smh.

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