Fairfax County may soon have its own custom-designed license plates, an initiative designed to bring in revenue for the 2015 World Police and Fire Games, which will be held here, and as a way to bolster its tourism budget afterward.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion this week to petition the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles for the plates. Visit Fairfax, the convention and visitor bureau for the county, has been directed to come up with designs. Revenue from the $15 plates will assist in the World Police and Fire Games, which the County will host in 2015.
"I was proud to bring this initiative to the Board, it doesn’t cost the county a dime and it will reap rewards for years to come," Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity said. "It gives our citizens a low cost way to demonstrate pride in our community as well as support the World Police and Fire Games and our local tourism industry.”
The Reston Citizens Association is also trying to make a Reston license plate available to residents. Read about those efforts here.
Herrity, basing his estimates on population, said the tags will generate $250,000 a year in revenue.
"For the following years this funding would be dedicated to tourism support and advertisement. In addition to generating revenue to support our tourism initiatives, this plate promotes pride in our community," he said.
Visit Fairfax has agreed to collect the required 350 pre-paid applications for the plates.
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