Budget Fact Sheet - 2011 Legislative Program

State General Fund

46% of the state General Fund (GF) will provide aid to localities in the FY 2012 adopted budget (down from 52% in FY 2009).

31% of the GF will provide funding for K-12 in the FY 2012 adopted budget (down from 35% in FY 2009).

GF revenues in FY 2010 were less than GF revenues in FY 2006.

GF tax changes over the last 10 years have neutralized 2004 tax increase:

  • 2004 tax reforms raised about $1.6 billion per biennium in new revenue
  • Since 1999, more than $1.8 billion per biennium in state tax cuts and GF revenue reductions. 

State Budget Cuts

State GF appropriation to localities has decreased by $1 billion since FY 2009.

K-12 funding cut $773 million in FY 2011 from original budget for FY 2010 (partially backfilled with federal stimulus funds).

The 2010 GA adopted permanent, structural cuts to K-12 totaling over $325 million per year, in addition to the $376 million per year cut to K-12 support positions made the previous session.

State K-12 spending per pupil has fallen from approximately $5,300 in FY 2009 to approximately $4,500 in FY 2011, while Virginia localities already spend $3 billion more per year than required to match state K-12 funding.

Fairfax County Impacts

NOVA comprises 27% of the state population, generates 43% of state individual income tax revenues, receives 21% of state GF appropriations.

State funding to Fairfax County (not FCPS) cut $25.9 million since FY 2009.

72.7% of the FCPS budget funded by F. Co. (the average district receives about half from its local government).

FCPS receives 19.5% share of funding from the state (the average funding share is 48%, due to the local composite index).

85% + of the FCPS budget is for direct costs associated with providing instructional programs.


*Data is drawn from Fiscal Analytics and Fairfax County resources.


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