Quarterly Proffer Transfer System Established


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June 22, 2007

 Fairfax County Establishes Quarterly Proffer Transfer System With FCPS

Following a recent agreement, Fairfax County will now transfer proffer money to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) on a quarterly basis, beginning with a $5.4 million transfer this month. In return, the school system will provide the county semi-annual reports on how the funds are being used.

Most new residential development that is approved and constructed in Fairfax County is subject to a development review process that requires a rezoning application and public hearings. In 2002, the Board of Supervisors amended the residential development criteria, effective January 7, 2003, and implemented a cash proffer system that recommends cash contributions from developers to mitigate the impact of anticipated additional students in new developments.

For several years, the county had been accumulating unspecified proffer money until a mutually acceptable accounting and tracking system could be implemented. This system is now in place with this agreement.

The FCPS reports will show, for both specified and unspecified proffers, the proffer amount, the amount distributed to schools, the amount expended or committed by schools and the balance of each proffer. The report also will show the supervisory district, the school impacted and a description of how the money was, or will be, used.

Both parties, and county residents, benefit from the new arrangement in that proffer money will be available to the schools more timely, and the semi-annual reports will show how much proffered money is available for schools affected by new developments, and how the money is being spent.

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