Fact-checking Prince William County, VA’s 2019 “mobility” (roads) and “parks” (mostly 3 indoor sportsplexes) bond proposals that could hike each family's taxes hundreds for principal, interest and upkeep
Subject: FOIA RESPONSE -[Citizen's name]
Date: Thu, 6 Jun 2019 17:44:48 +0000
From: Jaenicke, Shannon L. <SJaenicke@pwcgov.org>
To: [Citizen's email address]
CC: Hendler-Voss, Seth A. <SHendler-Voss@pwcgov.org>
Dear [M*. Citizen],
Attached are the responsive documents for your FOIA RECORDS REQUEST. You may have questions that no document exists to answer or we are not the custodian of those records. I have noted this and other comments in red below. After you have reviewed the documents, I would be happy to arrange a phone call for you with our director or appropriate staff to provide additional information if needed.
Please acknowledge your receipt of these documents.
Administrative Coordinator II
PWC Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
From: [Citizen's email address]
Sent: Monday, June 3, 2019 6:06 PM
To: Hendler-Voss, Seth A. <SHendler-Voss@pwcgov.org>
Subject: FOIA request for studies, costs, revenues, and usage for referendum and existing indoor facilities
Dear Mr. Hendler-Voss (or please feel free to refer this to another "custodian of records"):
Under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, §2.2-3704 et seq., I am requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of public records that explain how Prince William County has considered and selected indoor recreation facilities for a potential 2019 bond referendum, the County's planning for the new Prince William County Aquatics Center, and the county's . If possible, please e-mail me the documents or links to them.
Specifically I am requesting:
1. For the proposed “Indoor Sports Complex”, “Field House”, and “Aquatic and Fitness Center”, please provide any studies (including simple estimates if those are all that’s available) about:
a. Why these projects (including their sizes and locations) were selected to serve county wants and needs. NO DOCUMENT EXISTS
b. How much these projects will cost in land value and to build, maintain, and operate. - https://eservice2.pwcgov.org/eservices/procurement/Content/ESM%20PWFH%20PPEA%20Submission%20Vol%201%209.5.18%20Final.pdf
c. How many people are expected to use them, and in what ways. NO DOCUMENT EXISTS
d. How much money they would collect. – NO DOCUMENT EXISTS
e. Other benefits they would provide and costs they would save. NO DOCUMENT EXISTS
f. Competition with other public and private offerings. NO DOCUMENT EXISTS
2. For the existing Prince William County Schools Aquatics Center, please provide any studies or estimates that were done about the topics above. PWCS IS THE RECORD KEEPER FOR PWCS POOL
3. For the existing PWCS, Chinn and Baucom aquatics and fitness centers, please provide data for 2018 (or the most recent year available) about:
a. Breakdowns of revenues and expenses. Please include an explanation of any revenues that are from government entities, such as the Prince William County School Board or other governments or public schools. In particular, one news source reports a large sum for PWCS Aquatics Center for “Facilities Rental” – if that is in fact a major source of revenue, please provide an explanation of what kinds of groups were renting its facilities and for what purposes. DOCUMENTS ATTACHED FOR CHINN [download] AND BAUCOM [download]. PWCS IS THE RECORD KEEPER FOR PWCS POOL [she also attached a document stating that pool's revenue, but not breaking it down, and breaking down its expenses into broad categories - download]
b. The number of uses (such as a count of entries, including one-off visits and each of multiple entries by paying members and students on teams who come back repeatedly). If that number includes a significant amount of spectating, such as watching teams compete, please include an explanation. DOCUMENTS ATTACHED FOR CHINN [download] AND BAUCOM [download]. PWCS IS THE RECORD KEEPER FOR PWCS POOL
c. The number of regular users, such as paying members and swim team participants. DOCUMENTS ATTACHED FOR CHINN AND BAUCOM. PWCS IS THE RECORD KEEPER FOR PWCS POOL
4. As mentioned in Parks’ May 7, 2019 Presentation to the Board of County Supervisors (see http://www.pwcgov.org/government/bocs/Pages/Bond-Referendum.aspx ), please provide:
a. Descriptions of the “$315 million in total projects” identified initially and how those were chosen. DOCUMENT ATTACHED [download]
b. The presentations to the Chairman and each Supervisor, NO DOCUMENT EXISTS
c. The Chairman’s and Supervisors’ responses, and NO DOCUMENT EXISTS
d. The process and reasons by which the projects listed in the May 7 presentation were chosen. NO DOCUMENT EXISTS
If any of this information does not exist, please tell me. If something similar does, I would appreciate if you could provide or ask me about that. Please provide what you can as soon as practical.
This May, I sent similar questions to Mary Beth Schaal, administrative aide to my Brentsville district Supervisor Jeanine Lawson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-792-5745 (direct). She did send me some information from Parks, which I appreciate. On Wednesday, May 29 she said she forwarded some of the questions to you. I mention this to avoid extra work if your department is already working on some of these issues, but I don’t need answers to any separate Parks questions from before June.
If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me if the cost will exceed $200. However, I would also like to request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest and will contribute significantly to the public’s understanding of the parks bond referendum the Board of County Supervisors is considering placing on November’s ballot. This information is not being sought for commercial purposes.
The Virginia Freedom of Information Act requires a response to this request be made within five business days. If access to the records I am requesting will take longer than this amount of time, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records.
If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.
Thank you for considering my request.
/s/ [Citizen's name]
["City" in PWC], Virginia
[Citizen's phone number]