Wednesday, May 1, 2013
In final FY 2014 spending plan, homeowners will pay $216 more on average; public safety positions will be restored.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors formally adopted a $7 billion budget Tuesday for Fiscal Year 2014, a plan they called conservative thanks to sequestration and other uncertainties. The plan will hike the average county homeowner’s real estate taxes by more than $200 on average, increasing the real estate tax rate from $1.075 per $100 of assessed value to $1.085. Read: Fairfax County 1-Cent Tax Increase: Penny for Your Thoughts Though the board approved the budget during a markup session last week, it finalized the plan with a 9-1 vote Tuesday morning. Supervisor Pat Herrity was the sole vote against the budget. With the slow recovery from the recession and the impacts of sequestration hurting the commercial real estate tax base, …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Supervisors approve amendment to reduce average tax bill hike Tuesday but leave employee pay and schools funding unchanged.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a series of amendments to the Fiscal Year 2014 budget Tuesday including one that lowers the proposed real estate tax rate increase by a penny, a move that will cost the county $20 million in revenue. Supervisors voted 9-1 to adopt the amendments, noting that in a particularly tough budget year, the package was the best they were going to get. “I wince now when I read through my remarks from last year’s mark-up that we were ‘hopefully beginning to see the dawn of a new day,’” Chairman Sharon Bulova said in a statement. “The Fiscal Year 2014 budget is one that makes no one happy. It is, however, a responsible fiscal plan that reflects our current difficult situation.” The budget plan will …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Employee pay an issue as the Board of Supervisors drafts amendments to the FY2014 budget.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors have begun adjusting the Fiscal Year 2014 budget package by lowering the proposed tax rate by a penny. But supervisors still didn't back increases in funding to public schools and employee compensation. During a meeting of the Board of Supervisors Budget Committee on Friday, Chairman Sharon Bulova presented a list of amendments to spending plan. The Board will vote on a proposed real estate tax rate of $1.085 per $100 of assessed value — a penny lower than the $1.095 rate proposed by County Executive Ed Long in his original plan. The adjustment is expected to cut the county revenue by about $20 million. County employees advocated for higher pay during public hearings earlier this month, but a lack of…
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Employees have 8.66 percent less purchasing power than they did six years ago, they said, which may cause them to leave for jurisdictions with better compensation plans.
Fairfax County faces a number of budget challenges in Fiscal Year 2014. But top on the minds of county employees, they said at a public hearing with the county Board of Supervisors: better, fairer compensation. County Executive Ed Long's $7 billion FY2014 budget proposal raises real estate taxes and cuts funds to parks and libraries, among other services. It also includes a 2-cent increase in the real estate tax rate from $1.075 per $100 of assessed value to $1.095, expected to raise millions in revenue. But the budget doesn't include market rate adjustments to county employee salaries. The school system hopes to be able to give employees an increase of just under 2 percent. Randy Creller, chairman of the Employees Advisory Council, …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
With third straight year of zero funding for program, cyclists say some transportation improvements are threatened; county to look toward Arlington for model
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors formally adopted a $6.7 billion budget Tuesday morning, a spending plan which put aside more money for human services, schools and employee pay but, for the third consecutive year, not bicycle programs. Although the county funds a full-time bicycle coordinator in its transportation department, the bicycle program has gone without funding since fiscal year 2011, according to Fairfax County staff reports provided to supervisors this year. The county's formal bike program was launched in 2006 as the Comprehensive Bicycle Initiative. Early projects included developing the county's first bike route map, retrofitting connector buses, and adding bike racks to county park and ride lots. The program received…
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The FY 2013 budget passed in an 8-2 vote.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted Tuesday a fiscal year 2013 budget that raises taxes and fees to support funding for human services and other programs. The budget adoption motions were approved in an 8-2 vote. Supervisors Pat Herrity (Springfield-R) and John Cook (Braddock-R) voted against the budget, maintaining their opposition from the markup session on April 24. The budget raises the county real estate tax rate to 1.075 cents per $100 of assessed value, up a half-cent from the current 1.07 level. That half-cent was shifted from former County Executive Anthony Griffin’s proposed one-cent increase in the Stormwater Fee, which increases to 2 cents from 1.5. The shift frees up nearly $10 million that would have gone to a …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Staff recommends $11 million in contracts to non-profits.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to formally adopt the 2013 budget Tuesday morning. The $6.7 billion budget, which the board adjusted during a meeting last week, slightly raises taxes and fees to support higher school funding, employee compensation, human services and more. According to Tuesday meeting’s agenda, the board is also scheduled to vote on the award of contracts to non-profit organizations financed through the county’s Consolidated Community Funding Pool for fiscal years 2013 and 2014. County staff has recommended that more than $11 million in contracts be granted to various organizations, including United Community Ministries, Homestretch Inc., FACETS and nearly 90 others. Eighteen of the recommended …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The Board of Supervisors identified $24.8 million to fund more programs.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors identified $24.8 million that will fund county employee compensation, human services, longer library hours, and other programs during a Tuesday mark-up session of the county’s fiscal year 2013 budget. The adjustments passed by a vote of 8-2. Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity, on his first day back after recovering from successful open-heart surgery, and Braddock District Supervisor John Cook voted against the $6.7 billion budget. "Today, while not entirely out of the woods, we are beginning to see evidence of a recovery — a slow and sluggish recovery, but a recovery nonetheless," Chairman Sharon Bulova said. "Hopefully, we are beginning to see the dawn of a new day." For the first time …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
A live blog covering the comments and presentations during Thursday's Fairfax County Board of Supervisors public hearings on the FY2013 budget.
Patch has been live blogging the public hearings on the fiscal year 2013 Fairfax County budget this week. Thursday's public hearing starts at 3 p.m. Also see: County Budget: Schools, Housing, Arts Among Public Hearing Topics Live Coverage: Wednesday's Public Hearing Live Coverage: Tuesday's Public Hearing
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Residents and county employees will speak at 3 p.m. in the second day of a public hearings on the 2013 budget.
Almost 50 residents and county employees spoke Tuesday evening at the first of three public hearings about the 2013 budget. (See Tuesday night's live coverage for the play-by-play of comments.) The public hearings continue Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. Join Patch at 3 p.m. as we live blog coverage of Wednesday's hearing.