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December 16, 2004

>>> CAN YOU HELP THE POOR ON SATURDAY, DEC. 18?

I will be at Christ the Redeemer at least 2 hours, and I hope to see some of you there again.

Volunteers Needed for LINK Christmas Food Basket Program and Toy Distribution

Saturday, December 18th from 8 am to 5 pm Food Basket Program at Christ the Redeemer Church in Sterling on Route 7.

Toy Distribution at Herndon United Methodist Church

Volunteers are needed to : Assist each family in selecting their 5-day allotment of food items and ensuring that they receive a grocery certificate. Restock shelves and load food into family vehicles. Be a foreign language interpreter. Distribute toys. Make phone call to late arrivals.

Volunteers can register by calling the LINK Hot Line 703-437-1776 or E-mail Mark.P.Gunderman@lmco.com

>>>OUR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SEEN BY THE SPACE STATION

Christmas Lights on Juniper Avenue and everywhere throughout Sterling make our community stand out. Thank you all for making Christmas better for everyone. Drive slowly on Juniper Avenue, right off Sterling Blvd., the number one spot in Loudoun for lights where every house is lit up as it has been for 24 years straight.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Many of you gave me an early Christmas present.

Thank you to many of you who expressed appreciation for my recent work with School Board member Warren Guerrin in getting the School Board to agree, on the record, that the "bullying" program would not be used for pro-homosexual propaganda, as it is used in other jurisdictions.

In my years as Supervisor, the kind letters are a treasure that will be placed in my heart forever. I know most of you did not take the time to write.

But based on the many letters, I feel it is safe to say that most of Sterling is united against any twisted Leesburg-based propaganda being slipped into a "bullying" program.

Of course, the Political Correctness Lobby, and their allies here in Loudoun, are angry at me and have said hateful and false words directed at me.

"BULLYING" PROGRAM STILL A BUST

I am still critical of the "bullying" program because it promotes victimhood and the concept that everybody is a victim. I believe it is a waste of money because it is ineffective like all the other social welfare programs being used in the schools: DARE (drug education) programs, that do not reduce the rate of drug use, and Obesity programs that just pick on the food industry and innocent overweight children. These programs, and others I will reveal next year, show the tremendous waste in public education in our county.

>>> ANOTHER CHRISTMAS GIFT FROM EUGENE DELGAUDIO, STERLING

I am losing count but giving things to you is a joy. Here is my latest gift to you.

This will soon be posted on the joineugene.com website. A listing of Estimated Kelly Blue Book prices for County Surplus Vehicles. (this would christmas gift number 17 I guess)

COULD COUNTY GET MORE AT PUBLIC AUCTIONS?

Every dollar the county receives for surplus property is one less dollar for the tax monster

>>>COULD COUNTY GET MORE AT PUBLIC AUCTIONS?

Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio visited the recent county sponsored auction of "surplus properties". Thousands of items were sold at a fraction of their original cost. This happens every six months. The big ticket items are the cars formerly used by county officials, deputies and others. From the list (soon to be posted), it appears that more money could be raised at auctions. County officials promise to work harder to get more money from the auctions. Maybe there is another, legal, method to get a higher price so that taxpayers get a better deal? Look for this to be posted next week on http://joineugene.com/

THERE IS A LONG LIST OF OTHER "GIFTS" TO THE TAXPAYERS POSTED ON THE HOME PAGE AT http://joineugene.com/

>>>> LOUDOUN EASTERNER NEWSPAPER COLLECTING TONS OF TOYS

I hope the Easterner newspaper gets to their goal of 10,000 dollars in toys by Saturday, Dec. 18. They are in Ashburn on Ashburn Road and are collecting toys Friday and Saturday. Help them out (contact Amy Burns) if you have not already helped them out.

>>>> DONATE YOUR CAR TO SALVATION ARMY NOW. GET A DEDUCTION. >>> NEXT YEAR MAY BE TOO LATE

The Salvation Army is working harder than ever and has been barred by Target (BOO Target) stores so they have to work even longer hours. They are way under budget as a result. I have donated two old cars to Salvation Army in recent weeks. You should donate a used car to Salvation Army now if you can. Why? they can use the money for a less advantaged soul. And you get a tax write off this year.

The IRS has announced they will no longer allow fair market value for your donated car, effective January lst. Many of you will donate that used car anyway. But to those of you who want to deduct fair market value for your family car, donate it to the Salvation Army today.

>>> LINK AND SALVATION ARMY COLLECTIONS CONTINUE

Article in Leesburg Today

http://www.leesburg2day.com/current.cfm?catid=17&newsid=9975

>>> CAN YOU HELP THE POOR ON SATURDAY, DEC. 18? >>> CAN YOU HELP THE POOR ON SATURDAY, DEC. 18? (this is a repeat of above, in case you skipped the first part!)

I will be at Christ the Redeemer at least 2 hours, and I hope to see some of you there again.

Volunteers Needed for LINK Christmas Food Basket Program and Toy Distribution

Saturday, December 18th from 8 am to 5 pm Food Basket Program at Christ the Redeemer Church in Sterling on Route 7.

Toy Distribution at Herndon United Methodist Church For toy distribution, see Carol Lavery @ 703-437-7260 (home). Back up POC at Herndon United Methodist Church is Debbie Burt. The church is Herndon United Methodist on Bennett Street. Phone Number is 703-435-5688. Deliver toys between 9 AM and 5 PM. Thanks for your great support.

At Christ the Redeemer and Herndon, Volunteers are needed to : Assist each family in selecting their 5-day allotment of food items and ensuring that they receive a grocery certificate. Restock shelves and load food into family vehicles. Be a foreign language interpreter. Distribute toys. Make phone call to late arrivals.

Volunteers can register by calling the LINK Hot Line 703-437-1776 or E-mail Mark.P.Gunderman@lmco.com

>>> MORE "CHRISTMAS GIFTS" FROM EUGENE DELGAUDIO

Over the last year, here's how 5 members of the board finance committee (Eugene Delgaudio, Chairman, members Snow, Waters, Staton and Tulloch)- and frequent guest Jim Clem- delivered to you some real "goodies":

>>>MAJOR "CHRISTMAS GIFTS TO THE TAXPAYER" >>>FROM THE FINANCE AND GOVERNMENT SERVICES COMMITTEE, 2004 Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio, FGS Committee Chairman

1)Took steps to begin outsourcing and privatizing more government-run functions.

2)Established a series of in-depth review sessions to study spending in every County department, looking to reduce costs and boost efficiency.

3)Reduced the rate of spending growth in Loudoun County government.

4)Reduced the rate of growth in the full-time employees in Loudoun County government.

5)The reduced spending allowed Loudoun to cut its tax rate by ¼ of a penny and produce a $15 million surplus.

6)Have secured a $12 million reserve for tax rate reductions of $0.02 next year.

7)Proactively upgraded Electoral Board's voting equipment, heading off any problems in November's high-turnout election.

8)Made Loudoun County procurement policy more accountable by reducing staff award authority from $200,000 to $50,000.

9)Boosted tax exemptions for the elderly and disabled.

10)Held a series of joint meetings with the School Board to review spending and regulatory actions.

11)Instructed PRCS to increase income from non-residents by $1.2 million.

12)In FGS review session, ended taxpayer funding of Purchase of Development Rights (PDRs), saving taxpayers $1,130.000.00, ending taxpayer subsidized "viewsheds".

13)Established firm guidelines for evaluating tax exemption requests by non-profit organizations

14)Saved taxpayers $400,000.00 by ending training sessions on "leadership" by motivational speakers.

15)Saved taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars by cutting County spending on new furniture.

16)Restructured debt and developed a new debt plan allowing more schools to be built with lower interest payments. 17)Saved taxpayers $240,000.00 by ending taxpayer-subsidized political opinion shows on local cable. 18)Saved taxpayers million by strictly adhering to fees-for-service in non-essential areas. 19)Most new programs are now revenue-neutral.

20)Loudoun County improved to a AAA bond rating.

>>>>DUPLICATES TO END SOON

For those who receive more than one copy of this newsletter. This is due to different requirements of the "NEW INTERNET" (filters, etc.). I will install a new system that eliminates all duplicates. Hopefull before Christmas.

>>> New Study: Regulations Discourage New Private School Construction, >>> AND Drive Up Tuition Prices

>>> BUT YOU PROBABLY KNEW THIS ALREADY!

State and local government restrictions are discouraging the construction of new private schools and driving up tuition prices at existing schools, according to a new study by the Reason Foundation. The Reason Foundation report highlights the stories of California entrepreneurs who were engulfed in red tape and bureaucracy when launching school projects. For example, Michael Leahy, founder of the Alsion Montessori Middle/High School in Fremont, estimated that the natural cost of building his school was $400,000, but the total cost came to about $1.2 million because of numerous regulations, like the one requiring that he install a red tile roof. The full report is available online at: http://www.rppi.org/ps329.pdf

>>>> NEWS ON TRAFFIC LIGHT AT HOLLY AND CHURCH

Most of recent months were invested in a standard design. Now a new design using existing right of way (land allowed for public use) is necessary due to unexpected difficulties. Virginia Dept. of Transportation (VDOT) found that they could not get the drilling equipment under the utility wires to drill a conventional foundation. VDOT had determined that a spread footer would require extra right-of-way, therefore they were considering a design that incorporated a mix of spread footer and drilled into rock doweling. This would make a new traffic light fit just right. I am asking staff to stay on top of this to get this thing done.

>>> COUNTY HAS SIGNED ON TO HELP STERLING PARK DRAINAGE

Sterling Park Golf, Swim and Tennis Club

THE Board of supervisors approved recent a Deed of Easements granting storm drainage easements to the County upon various parcels owned by the Sterling Park Golf, Swim and Tennis Club to facilitate the County Storm Water Management Program, as depicted on the project plat. This was Approved by the Office of County Attorney on November 5, 2004 and voted 9-0 by the full board. This has taken years of work by the club, the county staff and cooperation and support from all 9 Supervisors. It effects all the common areas owned by the Swim Club which stretch all over the Park and up to now has not been adequately maintained due to the enormity and unique nature of the property. This problem has been around since the founding of Sterling Park by U.S. Steel, years ago. It is not solved, but we have begun to make progress.

>>>FOR THE TRUE BLUE EUGEN-IACS OUT THERE

ACLU Scrooges Get an Earful of Christmas Carols

http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/12/8/162709.shtml

>>> LIBERAL POTTS ANNOUNCES HE WILL LEAVE GOP >>> TATE "HE LEFT THE PARTY LONG AGO"

Various political sources said Wednesday (Senator H. Russell) Potts is considering running as an independent for the state's highest office.....

Mark Tate, the staunchly conservative Republican who nearly knocked off Potts in the 2003 27th District primary, said Wednesday he's also heard rumors that Potts may leave the GOP.

"My view is he left the Republican Party a long time ago," Tate said, referring to (Senator)Potts's support of the taxes." (tax increases).

http://www.winchesterstar.com/TheWinchesterStar/041216/Area_potts.asp

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