Traveling Around Virginia – Name:_______________________Block____ Welcome to Loudoun County! Go to http://www.loudoun.gov/ to look at the Loudoun County website: 1. What are four things you notice about the Loudoun County website: (Words, phrases, pictures, links) Go to http://www.loudoun.gov/index.aspx?nid=86 to look at the Loudoun County Legislative Branch: 2. What is the Loudoun county legislative branch called? ______________________________________ 3. Look at the overview section: a. How many members or supervisors are in the Loudoun County legislative branch? ______ b. How many districts are in Loudoun County? ______ c. How is the chairman of the Board of Supervisors chosen? ___________________________ d. How long is the term of a supervisor? ________ e. What are at least FOUR different jobs or responsibilities of the Loudoun County legislative branch? 4. Loudoun County is divided into several “districts”. You live in the Ashburn District. Answer the following questions about your supervisor by clicking on his or her name: a. What is your supervisor’s name? ___________________________________________________ b. What is your supervisor’s political party? _____________________________________________ c. List TWO interesting facts about your supervisor: Go to http://www.loudoun.gov/index.aspx?NID=389 to answer the following questions: 5. When and where does the Loudoun County legislative branch meet? Go to NO WEBSITE to look at the Loudoun County Executive Branch: *****There is no elected head of the executive branch in Loudoun County***** Go to http://www.loudoun.gov/index.aspx?NID=133 to look at the Loudoun County Judicial Branch: 6. How many types of local courts are there in the Loudoun County judicial branch? _____ 7. Click on the name of each court. For each court, list at least one type of case that court hears: a. Circuit Court: _______________________________________________________________________ b. General District Court: ________________________________________________________________ c. Juvenile and Domestic Court: ___________________________________________________________ Go to http://www.loudoun.gov/index.aspx?nid=89 to look at the Constitutional Officers in Loudoun County: 8. The Virginia Constitution requires five positions to be elected by every locality. Which of the five positions is in charge of: a. Telling residents how much they owe in taxes: _____________________________________________ b. Managing the local courts: _____________________________________________________________ c. Enforcing laws and managing jails: _______________________________________________________ d. Prosecuting criminal cases in Loudoun County: _____________________________________________ e. Collecting fees and managing the budget: _________________________________________________ 9. What is the term (number of years in office) for the constitutional officers? _______ Go to http://www.loudoun.gov/index.aspx?NID=193 to answer the following questions about Towns: 10. What towns are in Loudoun County? Go to the http://www.loudoun.gov/DocumentCenter/View/108924 to look at the Loudoun County Budget: 11. List at least THREE things you notice about Loudoun County’s budget: Get Together with the Other Travelers! Answer the following questions as a group. 1. Fill out the chart below with the structure of local government: County Legislative Branch City Town Executive Branch Judicial Branch 2. Look at the five Constitutional Officers required for cities and counties. Which of the five positions do you think is the MOST important? ____________________________________________ Why? 3. Look at the five Constitutional Officers required for cities and counties. Which of the five positions do you think is the LEAST important? ____________________________________________ Why? 4. What are AT LEAST THREE similarities between town, city, and county governments? 5. What are AT LEAST THREE differences between town, city, and county governments? 6. Which localities are the most similar in government structure: towns, cities, or counties? ___________________________________________________ Why do you think that is the case?
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