Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more bizarre, the Prince William County proposed budget for FY ’15 includes something truly weird — an escape tunnel from the Board of Supervisors’ chamber running out to the woods behind the McCoart building!

In fact, anonymous county employees have indicated that work has already begun on construction of the tunnel using “surplus” FY ’13 budget carryover funds. A work trailer from the engineering / construction firm of Hogan, Carter & Newkirk has been spotted out in the woods between the McCoart building and Pfitzner Stadium where the Potomac Nationals minor league baseball team plays. It is suspected that the location of the trailer is where the exit from the tunnel will be located. The entrance to the tunnel is said to be through a floor hatch just behind the board dais.

Some county employees have questioned whether this tunnel has anything to do with a new video surveillance system that was installed last week along the Prince William County Parkway that has a dedicated 24/7 monitoring station located within the McCoart building. There are whispers among county staff that this all has something to do with the reported federal investigation of certain county officials with the theory being the surveillance system was put in place to provide advanced warning to those officials so they could then make a run for it through the escape tunnel.

When asked for comment about the tunnel and surveillance system, county spokesman John Banner professed ignorance.

It will be interesting to see what the public has to say about this budget line item during the April 1 Board of Supervisors meeting…