Stafford Releases 2023 State of the County

Stafford County and the Chair of the Board of Supervisors Dr. Pamela Yeung, Garrisonville District, proudly release the annual “State of the County” video for 2023. Highlights include continued work to pace infrastructure improvements with growth in the county, the largest transfer to Schools ever, and investments in the retention of public safety personnel.

The Strategic Plan includes seven priorities for the County: Develop a Multimodal Infrastructure and Transportation System; Engage in Partnerships to Provide Quality Educational and Wellness Opportunities; Economic Diversification; Growth Management for Community Sustainability;  Vibrant Community through the Arts, Recreation, Culture, History and Tourism; Dedicated and Responsive Public Safety Team; and Excellence in Governance with Transformational Leadership. Highlights for each area are detailed below.

Develop a Multimodal Infrastructure and Transportation System Stafford completed improvements on portions of Hartwood, Mountain View and Winding Creek roads. The County completed its first Transportation Master Plan. Stafford constructed sidewalks on Staffordboro Road to provide safe pedestrian access.

Engage in Partnerships to Provide Quality Educational and Wellness Opportunities - The Board approved two elementary schools, #18 and #19, in the Capital Improvement Program plan. The school system also broke ground this year on High School #6 to be constructed in Hartwood. In this year's budget, the Board of Supervisors made the most significant fund transfer in history to the Schools.

Economic Diversification - The Board's partnership with Comcast through the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative will provide broadband service to underserved areas. It will connect more than 540 homes in the western part of Stafford to broadband. Purposeful economic development planning and marketing led to Stafford being recognized as a place for new distribution companies and technology firms such as drones, cyber, and smart communities. The County and the Stafford Economic Development Authority continue to celebrate new business openings and expansions. Stafford’s testbed continues to assist businesses in the growth of their companies.

Growth Management for Community Sustainability - Planning and Zoning improved strict ordinances to ensure developments such as solar facilities and data centers are safe. Over the past year, Stafford County Utilities installed 12,000 linear feet of new water pipeline in the Ferry Farm neighborhood. Stafford installed a new $6 million water tank on Enon Road to increase water flow to more populated areas. Work continued on an additional water capacity project, the Claiborne Run Force Main Project. Utilities is working to restore the Brooks Park stream to reduce pollution. Stafford County debuted a Neighborhood Services program to better manage the issues seen by neighborhoods and to communicate the services offered.

Vibrant Community through the Arts, Recreation, Culture, History and Tourism – The County broke ground on the new inclusive playground at Willowmere Park. Stafford held a groundbreaking for a new two-acre Mountain View Dog Park. The Third Annual Christmas Tree Lighting event drew its largest crowd yet.

Dedicated and Responsive Public Safety Team - Stafford offered an 8% pay scale adjustment for ranks of lieutenant and above in the Sheriff’s Office. The Board funded positions for six new Sheriff’s Office deputies, 11 school protection officers, and one Homeland Security investigator. The Board also provided an 8% pay scale adjustment for Fire and Rescue and funded a new engine crew. Stafford added a Fire and Emergency Services Levy to cover capital costs specifically for Fire and Rescue.

Excellence in Governance with Transformational Leadership Stafford maintains a triple AAA bond rating, a feat shared by only a handful of counties nationwide. Stafford County won first place in the National Annual Government Experience Awards in the county category, an award given to jurisdictions that elevated tech standards to provide a more intuitive, customer-centric approach to delivering essential residential services. Stafford County finished ninth nationwide in the Digital Counties Survey, demonstrating excellence in delivering information online. Stafford updated the Citizens Academy to an online, virtual Academy, Blu, named after Stafford’s new chatbot mascot.

Please see the 2023 State of the County presented by Dr. Pamela Yeung, Chair of the Board of Supervisors, Garrisonville District.