Tom Clinton, Falls Church’s elected Commissioner of the Revenue, told the Falls Church City Council Monday night he’ll be shutting down the uber-popular DMV Select his office at City Hall has been providing the last half dozen years. Clinton says he is following the lead of the Town of Vienna in a decision that lack of sufficient funding has made the program simply too costly and burdensome for his office to maintain. Clinton cited a dramatic increase in the volume of DMV-related activity provided at his office with no commensurate increases in staff or financial resources in recent years leading to a steady decline in staff morale.
City Manager Wyatt Shields replied that the funding formula from the state has been “woefully inadequate” to meet the challenges of growth. He said he’d be willing to meet with Clinton to see if there was some way that the City could address the problem, and City Councilman Phil Duncan said “there is a need for a short term understanding in advance of a more permanent fix” to keep the office open. He said the matter will be discussed at a meeting of the Government Operations community Tuesday night.