Gary A. Lofton
Board of Supervisors
  Back Creek District 


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Frederick County Website
Board Of Supervisors

Charles DeHaven, Jr
Chairman-at-large

Judy McCann-Slaughter
Stonewall District

Gene Fisher
Shawnee District

Blaine Dunn
Red Bud District

Bob Hess
Gainesboro District

Robert Wells
Opequon District


Frederick County Schools
Frederick County Sanitation Authority


Heading into the summer months the number of items that are being discussed, debated and deliberated seem to diminish, so the BOS agendas seem to get shorter. No worry as there are still lots of issues that come up to be addressed at the committee level and boards to which we act as liaisons. There are also inquiries, concerns expressed by the citizens that also need attention and resolution. That is your hint to let me/us know if there is any way we can be of service to you. My phone number and email link are at the bottom of this page. Also you can visit my Facebook page (click the icon to the right) and/or contact me via Messenger.

Is there some information that you would like to see on this website? I am looking for suggestions of information that would be helpful to you or others. Please let me know.

Let me take the opportunity here to reproduce some information presented Monday evening at the Government Services Learning Project presentation by one of the teams. It is an informational brochure entitled ALERT Frederick County. What is Alert Frederick County? It is an alert program that sends early notifications via text message or phone call in case of unforecasted severe weather, chemical spills, missing persons or terrorist attacks.

How to Sign Up:

  1. Visit the Frederick County website, www.fcva.us/alert

  2. Click register now

  3. Fill out necessary information

  4. Check box "I agree" to agree to the Terms and Conditions of Hyper Reach

  5. Click Preview and review information you have provided.

  6. Click Register

You are now added to the AlertFrederickCounty Notifications System.


Tax Exempt status of certain organizations/strong>
This item remains on our legislative agenda, which can be seen here:
We are requesting this legislation for two reasons.  First, a number of the organizations with previously granted exemptions either no longer exist (such as Robert E. Rose Memorial Foundation, Inc. and Shalom Et Benedictus, Inc.) and/or no longer own property in Frederick County (such as Special Love, Inc. and Wayside Museum of American History and Arts) and, therefore, the legislation would offer the opportunity for housekeeping to clean up existing records.  Second, the legislation would not result in any automatic revocation of tax exemptions, but would instead permit review by the Board of Supervisors for the appropriateness of continued exempt status.  Some of these exemptions were approved as far back as 1990 and, therefore, it may be appropriate to revisit whether circumstances that justified an exemption 25 years ago remain today.
Update: This proposal was not reported out of committee and hence is essentially defeated this session


FARM FAMILIES will always need FARMLAND!
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yet in Virginia we lose over 100,000 acres of farmland annually, and another 17,000 acres of forestland. This tidbit of information caught my attention when I attended a very enlightening presentation on June 18 at the Farm Credit building on Valley Ave. A Land Conservation Education event was hosted by the Frederick and Shenandoah Conservation Easement Authorities, featuring speakers from the Conservation Partners, LLC. The focus of the event was to raise awareness of the options available for protecting land for future generations.
If you would like to find our more about preserving your farm or land and its associated benefits there are several agencies that can help provide the answers to your questions. Although we do not endorse any one agency or company a good place to start your quest for information is on the website of the company listed above. Click on the name to be taken to their website.


If every household in the Northern Shenandoah Valley spent just $10 a week on local foods, the area's economy would benefit by more than $171 million per year. That was the finding of a recent study by the Virginia Cooperative Extension.

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Something on your mind?
If there is anything you are concerned about or you just want to let me know of something taking place in your community that I should be aware of, please let me know. I can be reached via email or by phone at 540 247 4147.

 
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The County Finance Department has posted Financial forms that give some very good detail on our fiscal standing and other interesting news. You can find them here.

Financial Statements

2014 Budget