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Airports Authority board adopts new ethics policy

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors adopted new ethics guidelines.

The ethics policy addresses subjects including financial disclosures, gifts to board members, hiring of former board members and hiring friends or family of board members. The board also adopted similar ethics rules for staff of the authority.

The agency operates Washington Dulles International Airport, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and the Dulles Toll Road, as well as managing construction of Metrorail’s Silver Line. The authority has come under scrutiny following a federal inspector general’s report that cited concerns about the agency’s inconsistent policies and lack of transparency.

“An ethics policy is an organization’s blueprint for maintaining integrity — a roadmap to public trust,” Board Chairman Michael Curto said. “This policy is designed to keep us free of conflicts of interests, so the public can be assured that our decisions are based on the best interests of the Authority and the region we serve.”

Voter registration deadline is Oct. 15

The deadline to register to vote or make changes to a voter registration, such as updating an address, is Oct. 15. Register in person at the Fairfax County Office of Elections, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 323, or pick up an application at public libraries, board of supervisors’ offices, the Department of Motor Vehicles, military recruitment offices or public assistance agency offices.

For more information see www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/vregis.htm or call the Fairfax County Office of Elections at 703-222-0776.

Community Center announces preference poll candidates

The Reston Community Center Board of Governors has announced three candidates for its 2012 preference poll. This year’s candidates include one incumbent, William G. Bouie, and two new candidates, Lisa Ehrhardt and Gerald Zavala. There are three, three-year positions open on the board.

Voting begins Sept. 28. Each property in small district 5, the special tax district that funds the community center, will receive a ballot in the mail. Mail-in ballots must be received by 5 p.m. Oct. 11. Walk-in and online ballots must be received by 5 p.m. Oct. 12.

The candidates selected through the voting process will, by tradition, be appointed to the board by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

General fund revenue up

Governor Robert F. McDonnell (R) announced this week that total general fund revenue collections rose 6.6 percent in August.

According to the governor’s office, the August revenue gains were driven by strong individual withholding receipts, which rose 4.3 percent, and sales tax revenues, which rose 12.3 percent as compared with August 2011.

Adjusting for the accelerated sales tax program, total revenues grew 1.1 percent through August, trailing the adjusted forecast of 2.7 percent growth. However, net individual income tax fell 1.3 percent, primarily as a result of timing issues with regards to withholding tax collections.

“While today’s economic indicators are mixed, illustrating our need to continue to make conservative, sound fiscal decisions, they do demonstrate that by keeping taxes low and putting in place policies that help the private sector, we can help get our economy back on track,” McDonnell said in a released statement.