Board of Supervisors Approves Fiscal Year 2003 Carryover Review
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Sept. 15, 2003
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Fiscal Year 2003 Carryover Review with
Additional Tax Relief and Funding to Address Critical
On Sept. 15, 2003, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors formally approved the fiscal year 2003 Carryover Review. County Executive Anthony H. Griffin proposed the Carryover package on Aug. 4, 2003, with a request to the board to advertise a public hearing on Sept. 15, 2003. Code of Virginia requirements stipulate that any budget adjustments of $500,000 or more must be advertised and a public hearing held prior to board action.
Fairfax County concluded fiscal year 2003 with an available balance of $40.06 million. After receiving testimony from the public, the Board of Supervisors approved the following adjustments recommended by the county executive with modifications as indicated:
• $10.5 million for a portion of the General Fund cost of a Public Safety Operations Center to replace the current outdated facility.
• $3.03 million to expand tax relief for senior citizens and people with disabilities by increasing the asset level from the current threshold of $160,000 to $190,000.
• $3 million to address the growing problem of homelessness, particularly among families who face difficulties in finding affordable housing. A new West County Shelter will accommodate up to 20 homeless families needing temporary shelter.
• $2.9 million instead of $3.9 million proposed to fund health insurance premium increases which are consistent with national trends.
• $2 million instead of the $3 million proposed to retrofit school buses with ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel in order to meet the board’s commitment to improve air quality and address federal Clean Air mandates.
• $1.5 million for construction of Little River Glen II, a new assisted living facility for low- and moderate-income seniors. County funding is required since tax exempt financing is not available as anticipated.
• $1 million to begin removing asbestos from the many properties at Laurel Hill as part of a phased approach to make this parcel usable for the community. The county executive had proposed $3.0 million for this purpose.
• $1 million to leverage state funding for child care assistance for low-income working families who need safe, affordable child care. The board previously made this commitment when adopting the fiscal year 2004 budget and anticipated identification of the necessary funding as part of the Carryover Review.
• $175,000 for the county’s share of dredging the Occoquan River as part of a cooperative funding arrangement with Prince William County and the federal government.
• $170,000 to restore funding at Riverbend Park and Hidden Oaks Nature Center enabling these facilities to reinstate regular operations which were reduced as part of the “Fiscal Year 2004 Adopted Budget Plan.”
• $140,000 will enable the completion of lighting improvements at Great Falls Nike Park.
• $70,000 for staffing costs of a new Hybla Valley Computer Learning Center to provide support for at-risk youth.
• The board chose not to spend a total of $9 million for financing the Hunter Tract ($3 million), replenishing the Land Acquisition Reserve ($2 million) or funding Spot Road Improvements ($4 million) as recommended by the county executive.
After funding those priorities and making the necessary Managed Reserve adjustment of $0.5 million, the board was left with a balance of $14.1 million. With every indication that the fiscal year 2005 budget will present challenges similar to fiscal year 2004, the Board of Supervisors designated $10 million as a reserve or “cushion” in anticipation of the issues to be faced in the next budget cycle.
In accordance with its policy of allocating 40 percent of the balance to the Revenue Stabilization Reserve, the board approved the transfer of $1.62 million to Fund 002, Revenue Stabilization Reserve with a corresponding Managed Reserve adjustment for a total of $1.65 million. Finally, the Board of Supervisors emphasized its commitment to education as a top priority by dedicating the remaining $2.4 million to Fairfax County Public Schools as its “cushion” for the upcoming difficult budget year.
Information on the fiscal year 2003 Carryover Review is available on the county’s Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dmb and by calling the Department of Management and Budget at 703-324-2391, TTY 711.