Board of Supervisors Approves Fiscal Year 2004 Carryover Review


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Sept. 14, 2004

 

Board of Supervisors Approves Fiscal Year 2004 Carryover Review

 

Following a public hearing on September 13, 2004, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors took action on the Carryover Review for fiscal year 2004, which ended June 30, 2004. In addition, they made necessary carryover adjustments for fiscal year 2005, which began July 1, 2004. As a result of the improving economy, which generated a higher level of revenue, and frugal management by county agencies, Fairfax County realized a positive year-end balance of $48.66 million, after netting out outstanding encumbrances and unencumbered commitments as well as associated Managed Reserve adjustments. This represents less than 2 percent of the total fiscal year 2004 General Fund disbursements. With additional fiscal year 2005 revenue of $2.71 million, the amount available totaled $51.37 million.

After careful consideration, the Board chose to invest approximately 50 percent of the balance or $25.72 million to address immediate pressing needs that support Fairfax County’s strategic goals, while prudently setting aside the other 50 percent for future requirements including tax relief, a Board priority, for fiscal year 2006. Budget Chair Sharon Bulova emphasized, “…the Board has been very rigorous in adhering to guidelines to minimize expenditure commitments outside of the annual budget process,” directing the county executive to consider various expenditure proposals as part of development of the fiscal year 2006 budget. The complete text of Supervisor Bulova's comments is attached.

Among the immediate needs funded were administrative adjustments totaling $23.98 million including $5.43 million for emergency medical services staffing to address workforce shortages and keep up with the demands of a growing and aging population; $4.32 million for building stabilization to preserve structures at Laurel Hill; $4.02 million for construction of Little River Glen II, an assisted living facility for low and moderate-income elderly; $2.83 million to meet anticipated construction costs of the Judicial Center expansion and renovation; $2.00 million for priority capital renewal projects to protect the county’s infrastructure investment; $1.69 million for positions to open one-half floor of jail space due to an increase in the number of state prisoners housed and the impact of state DUI sentencing guidelines requiring incarceration, but with no commensurate increase in reimbursement from the Commonwealth; $1.03 million for additional costs associated with the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter and reimbursement for road development at Great Falls Nike Park; and $1.00 million for anticipated Workers Compensation and other insurance requirements.

The remaining $1.66 million supports additional contractual/legal requirements as well as the Board’s commitment to fighting gang activity. It also includes funding for costs associated with dredging Lake Martin and emergency road repairs throughout the County. In addition to the administrative adjustments funded, the Board appropriated $1.74 million for various consideration items, bringing the total adjustments for fiscal year 2005 to $25.72 million (see attachment).

The Board of Supervisors chose to reserve the remaining balance of $25.64 million in order to position the County for future fiscal challenges. This includes $7.81 million for the Revenue Stabilization Fund (RSF) in accordance with Board guidelines. This is the highest transfer since fiscal year 2000 and brings the RSF to 1.53 percent of total disbursements or just over 50 percent of the targeted balance of 3.0 percent of General Fund disbursements. In addition, the Board directed that $5.00 million be set aside for Fairfax County Public Schools’ computer and bus replacement. An amount of $2.00 million will also be placed in a reserve for environmental projects identified by the County Executive and approved by the Board as part of its adopted plan, “Environmental Excellence for Fairfax County: A 20-Year Vision.” Another $2.00 million was placed in reserve to complete Jefferson Manor public improvements including land acquisition, utility relocation and construction. This funding is anticipated to be reimbursed as part of the planned 2006 bond referendum. After making the associated Managed Reserve adjustments of $0.75 million, a reserve of $8.1 million is available for fiscal year 2006. This is in addition to $10.6 million that the Board already set aside in August 2004 as a result of increases in recordation and cigarette taxes.

Information on the fiscal year 2004 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.

 

SUMMARY OF FY 2004 CARRYOVER REVIEW FUNDED CONSIDERATION ITEMS
Consideration Item
Net Cost
Tysons Corner Traffic Modeling Analysis
$400,000
20 additional LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) Units for the Police Department
$80,000
Traffic Safety Camp Scholarships
$20,000
Wildlife Rescue League Contribution
$10,000
Parking at Burke Library to Support the Burke VRE
$585,000
Permanent Site for the Franconia Museum
$50,000
Storm Drainage Deficiencies in the Clements Court/Annandale Acres area
of Mason District
$585,000
Metropolitan Washington Ear
$10,000
TOTAL GENERAL FUND IMPACT
$1,740,000



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