A Summary Look at the Fiscal Year 2011 Adopted budget


On April 27th, 2010 the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget, which begins on July 1. The FY 2011 plan approved by the board provided a balanced budget. Total General Fund Disbursements are projected to total $3.31 billion, a decrease of $92.2 million or 2.71 percent compared to the FY 2010 Revised Budget Plan.

The FY 2011 adopted budget proposal included a real estate tax rate of $1.09 per $100 of assessed value, a $0.05 increase from the $1.04 rate in FY 2010. In addition, it increased the stormwater service district tax from $0.01 to $0.015 per $100 assessed value. The board also approved establishing a Vehicle Registration License fee of $33 per vehicle for most vehicles for FY 2011. The sewer service charge increased by $0.77 per 1,000 gallons, from $4.50 to $5.27. This fee increase addressed aging sewer infrastructure and will ensure compliance with state and federal clean water and environmental mandates.
Of the $103.3 million in reductions included in the county executive’s proposed budget in February, the adopted budget restored $12 million to various programs, including:

$1,390,948 in Human Service Restorations -
        $497,244 to restore proposed elimination of County funding to the Mental Health Adult Day Treatment Site at Northwest/Reston Community Mental Health Center
        $275,008 to restore proposed cut to In-Home Respite Services
        $172,619 to restore proposed cut to the Emergency Services at the Mount Vernon Center for Community Mental Health
        $88,385 to restore proposed cut to the Emergency Services at the Northwest Center for Community Mental Health
        $84,235 to restore proposed reduction of one Counselor Position in Prevention Services
        $80,497 to restore proposed reduction of one Mental Health Forensic Staff position at the Adult Detention Center
        $73,075 to restore proposed reduction of one Substance Abuse Counselor position in Alcohol Drug Services
        $73,075 to restore proposed reduction of one Substance Abuse Counselor position in the Cornerstone Program
        $46,810 to partially restore funding for support for Domestic and Sexual Violence Services
$2,875,197 in Police Restorations -
        $2,104,480 to restore the proposed elimination of School Resource Officers in the Middle Schools
        $386,240 to restore 50 percent of the reduction in Police Citizen Aide Positions at District Stations
        $222,287 to restore the proposed elimination of the Marine Unit
$2,509,267 in Fire and Rescue Restorations –
        $953,735 to restore the proposed reduction in hours of operation of Basic Life Support units
        $692,705 to restore the proposed elimination of the Seventh Fire and Rescue Battalion
        $452,825 to restore the proposed elimination of dedicated staffing for the Hazardous Materials Support Unity
        $400,000 to restore the proposed elimination of issuance of second set gear to firefighters
        $10,000 to restore the proposed elimination of weekend Fireboat Patrols on the Potomac River and Pohick
$1,946,951 in Parks and Library Restorations –
        $676,743 to partially restore the proposed reduction in Library hours by maintaining Tuesday evening hours (6-9) at all 8 regional libraries
        $50,000 to partially restore funding for Library Access Services
        $525,252 to restore the proposed reduction to the Athletic Field Maintenance Program
        $451,715 to restore the proposed reduction of grounds maintenance staff, including keeping open Park restrooms
        $100,000 to restore the proposed elimination of nighttime court lighting and add funding for practice times
        $91,848 to restore elimination of Truck Driver and Heavy Equipment Operator Positions
        $51,393 to restore the proposed elimination of the operation and management of the Martin Luther King Jr. Swimming Pool
$3,313,119 in Other Restorations –
        $3,059,849 to restore all the proposed CONNECTOR route reductions. The 75 percent reduction in stand-by buses is not restored
        $253,270 to restore the proposed elimination of five law clerks supporting Circuit Court Judges

Supervisor Cook joined Supervisors Pat Herrity and Michael Frey in voting against the budget. Supervisor Cook objected to the imposition of the vehicle registration fee, stating that the bottom of a recession is not the time to institute a new tax and increase tax payments. Under the plan passed by the Board, the average taxpayer will pay an aditional $95 in taxes. Many Braddock residents will pay hundreds of dollars more because many Braddock residences had flat assessments this year, compared to the county wide average drop of five percent.  


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