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Reston Community Center Board to Meet Monday for Budget Work

by RestonNow.com — April 27, 2017 at 1:30 pm 1 Comment

The Reston Community Center Board of Governors will meet Monday to began the decision-making process on the FY19 budget outline.

Possible timelines for capital projects, including the proposed renovation of the Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center, will also be discussed Monday and at the board’s June 5 meeting. A detailed status report regarding the potential project will be presented at the board’s annual public hearing on June 19.

The renovation proposal calls for using the existing footprint of the aquatics center for a six-lane, 25-yard lap pool with an attached family pool, as well as a separate warm-water therapy pool. Leila Gordon, RCC executive director, said she believes the project could cost up to $4 million.

All meetings will be held at Reston Community Center’s Hunters Woods location (2310 Colts Neck Road). The regular meetings slated for Monday and June 5 will be at 8 p.m.; the annual public hearing for programs and budget June 19 is set for 6:30 p.m.

Each meeting is open to the public, and residents who wish to attend are asked to RSVP by emailing [email protected]Written comments or questions can also be submitted to the same address; commenters are asked to include their full name and address.

  • Tammi Petrine

    If you live in Reston (RA, RTC and other areas), you ARE a member of Small Tax District #5 (STD #5) which finances Reston Community Center (RCC). Few people realize that they pay this tax surcharge on their Fairfax County real estate tax bills each year because the most bills are sent directly to your mortgage company. The current rate is 4.7 cents/$100 assessment value.

    Because of this semi-invisible membership and general exhaustion of so many community meetings, few if any citizens ever come to the RCC board or budget meetings so their board of governors guided by the RCC CEO, Leila Gordon are free to act without much oversight. Currently there are expensive renovations of the existing HW pool about to be decided. In the future, their wish list includes STD #5 financing a performing arts center in Town Center North near the police station. Wow! That’s one to keep your eyes on.

    But before that, let’s hope that the Fairfax County Park Authority chaired by Bill Bouie who ALSO sits on the RCC board (COI???) decides we in the Hunter Mill District are finally worthy of a County-funded indoor Rec Center like every other district has had for YEARS if not decades. THAT is where the big pool bucks should be spent and financed by all of the county, not us in STD #5 at our RCC HW location. I sure wish the Master Swimmers were putting the pressure on BB to perform vs. lobbying hard for two separate pools at HW. A therapeutic pool at RCC makes total sense as it would likely not be a feature of a FCPA facility. Learning to swim in warmer water makes sense too and that is a universal need. Seems a shame for us/RCC to build/finance an expensive exercise lap pool for master swimmers when the county should’ve been funding that for years… After all we in Reston have been paying for 51 years for every other indoor rec center (NOT to be confused with a community center – two different ‘animals’) in the county and they have been paying exactly zero for ours… How fair is that and how much longer are we going to wait????

    BTW, for a stark contrast to Reston, McLean has a similar locally financed community center currently undergoing a $5 M reno that will eclipse the facilities at RCC but they don’t need a pool. They are STD #2 and their tax rate is only 2.2 cents/$100. McLean also has had a FCPA indoor rec center (Spring Hill) with giant pool for so long that it has already incurred million dollar renovations just as has the one in Oakton.

    Wonder why Reston is so far behind the curve than these other communities…. Why do we keep paying through the nose for amenities that wealthier communities are enjoying on our nickel? Maybe we should all go to RCC’s next budget meeting and ask Mr. Bouie for some accountability and/or for a reduction in the STD #5 tax rate.

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