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October 8, 2021

5 Friday Fauquier factoids: On-time graduation rate

96.2 percent

Of Class of 2021 members in Fauquier’s public high schools graduated on time, according to a new Virginia Department of Education report.

Of 926 students who entered the ninth grade four years ago, 891 graduated in 2021.

A year earlier, the school system’s on-time graduation rate stood at 95.5 percent.

Statewide, 92.9 percent of public school students in the Class of 2021 graduated on time.

In Fauquier, 18 students in the Class of 2021 dropped out of school. The county had a dropout rate of 1.8 percent versus 4.2 percent statewide.


County dealerships have manufacturer franchises to sell and service farm tractors, from subcompacts to large agricultural models:

• Arbor Tech Supply at Remington — New Holland.

• Cecil’s Tractors in Warrenton — Mahindra.

• McMichael’s Equipment near New Baltimore — Kioti and Yanmar.

• Virginia Tractor near Warrenton — John Deere.

• Warrenton Equipment south of town — Massey Ferguson.

$13.5 million

The total annual real estate tax revenue “deferred” under Fauquier’s “land use valuation” program.

The county gives landowners tax breaks for property in agricultural, forestall, horticultural and open space use. Fauquier’s board of supervisors for decades has offered the program as an incentive to support farming and to help discourage residential development, which typically costs more in services than homes provide in taxes.

Of the county’s 34,128 real estate parcels, 3,703 qualify for “land use,” according to Commissioner of Revenue Eric Maybach.

The qualifying property has a total fair market value of $1.35 billion.

All property owners pay fair market value taxes on their homes and homesites up to one acre.

Landowners this year must file documentation with Mr. Maybach’s office by Oct. 28 to qualify for the program.


Agricultural businesses listed in the 25th Fauquier County Farm Tour brochure.

The self-guided tour, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, has eight featured stops. The brochure also lists 22 vineyards, 10 markets, 6 breweries, 5 orchards and 3 corn mazes around the county.

Fauquier farming accounted for $54.8 million in “cash receipts,” according to the 2017 U.S. Census of Agriculture. The county that year had 1,154 farms and 216,666 acres devoted to agriculture.

59.8 percent

Average share of Fauquier County votes that the Republican nominee has received in the last five elections for governor of Virginia.

Bob McDonnell in 2009 won the biggest Fauquier margin during that period, 68.8 percent on this way to victory over Democrat Creigh Deeds.

GOP nominee Jerry Kilgore in 2005 received the least Fauquier support, 53.3 percent in his statewide loss to Tim Kaine.

With 43.4 percent of the Fauquier vote, Mr. Kaine posted the strongest performance her among the last five Democratic nominees for governor.

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