Board of Supervisors Adopts FY 2007 Budget
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May 1, 2006
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Adopts Fiscal Year 2007 Budget
Real Estate Tax Rate Cut 11 Cents Brings Five-Year Total Cut to 34 Cents
On May 1, 2006, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted the fiscal year 2007 budget, which begins on July 1, 2006. Last Monday, April 24, 2006, the Board marked up the budget proposal. Today’s action meant that they formally adopted last week’s mark-up. To address the continuing trend of rising assessments, the Board of Supervisors reduced the real estate tax rate for the fifth consecutive year, cutting another 11 cents from the rate to bring the cumulative decrease to 34 cents over five years. The current rate will decrease from $1.00 per $100 of assessed value to $0.89 per $100 of assessed value for FY 2007.
The Board’s adopted budget mark-up includes total General Fund Disbursements of $3.2 billion, an increase of $192.6 million or 6.37 percent over the FY 2006 Adopted Budget Plan. Approximately $106 million or 55 percent of this budget growth is associated with increased funding for Fairfax County Public Schools, while funding for new facilities and public safety accounts for approximately 35 percent of the increase. The FY 2007 School transfer for operations of $1.53 billion reflects an increase of $93.88 million or 6.56 percent over the FY 2006 Revised Budget Plan transfer level of $1.43 billion. In addition, $142.27 million, an increase of $11.99 million or 9.20 percent over the FY 2006 level, is transferred for School debt service. The total County transfer to support School operations and debt service is $1.67 billion or 51.9 percent of total County Disbursements.
The Board’s funding decisions reflect their ongoing commitment to achieving their strategic priorities, which are as follows:
- Strong investment in education
- Public safety and gang prevention
- Affordable housing
- Environmental protection
- Transportation improvements
- Revenue diversification to reduce the burden on the homeowner
With the real estate tax rate of $0.89 per $100 of assessed value, the typical household will pay $4,813, an average increase of 7.31 percent or $328 annually more than the FY 2006 bill. However, this is less than the typical household would have paid had the Board not reduced the real estate tax rate by 11 cents. As a result of the cumulative 34-cent reduction in the real estate tax rate, the typical household will pay $3,512 less in real estate taxes in FY 2007 than they would have without the tax relief of the last five years.
Furthermore, the Board of Supervisors eliminated the $25 automobile decal fee, resulting in an average savings of $58 per household. While the Personal Property Tax rate will remain at $4.57 per $100 of assessed value for most classes of personal property, the Board added Reserve Deputy Sheriffs to the special subclass category for personal property where the charge is $0.01 per $1.00 of assessed value. This is consistent with what is allowed for Volunteer Firefighters and Auxiliary Police Officers.
In addition to the tax rate changes noted above, the Reston Community Center tax rate will decrease from $0.052 to $0.047 per $100 of assessed value. The Sewer Service charge will increase from $3.28 to $3.50 per 1,000 gallons and sewer availability charges will increase consistent with the revised multi-year rates previously adopted by the Board of Supervisors. In addition, the Refuse Collection rate will increase from $270 to $315 per household in those citizen-petition districts receiving County refuse collection service.
Information on the FY 2007 budget, including revisions made during the April 24, 2006 Budget Mark-up session, is available by calling the Department of Management and Budget at 703-324-2391, TTY 711, as well as on the County’s Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dmb.