Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Adopts Fiscal Year 2009 Budget


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April 28, 2008

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Adopts Fiscal Year 2009 Budget

On April 28, 2008, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted the fiscal year 2009 budget, which begins on July 1, 2008. Last Monday, the Board marked up the budget proposal. Today’s action means that they formally adopted the budget resolutions necessary to implement last week’s markup.

The FY 2009 plan approved by the Board of Supervisors provides for a balanced budget based on General Fund Revenue growth of 1.03 percent over the FY 2008 Revised Budget Plan and 1.02 percent over the FY 2008 Adopted Budget Plan. The Board also approved total General Fund Disbursements of $3.35 billion, a decrease of $30.77 million or 0.91 percent from the FY 2008 Revised Budget Plan.

Excluding adjustments in the current fiscal year, the actual increase over the FY 2008 level is $35.19 million or 1.06 percent over the FY 2008 Adopted Budget Plan. Of the increase over the FY 2008 Adopted Budget Plan, approximately $46.77 million or 132.9 percent is associated with increased funding for Fairfax County Public Schools. Net of the increase to Fairfax County Public Schools, County-only disbursements decreased $11.58 million or 0.73 percent from the FY 2008 Adopted Budget Plan.

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

These strategic priorities have long shaped Board resource allocation and program delivery decisions in order to maintain the high quality of life for which Fairfax County is known. Maintaining sufficient funding in support of these priority areas has proved extremely challenging in this most difficult budget year; however this budget preserves these investments.

The FY 2009 approved budget includes a 3 cent increase in the tax rate from $0.89 to $0.92 per $100 of assessed value; however, due to lower residential assessment values, the average taxpayer in Fairfax County still will see a minimal reduction in their tax bill. This increase is necessary to address the following three issues:

  • The Board deliberations on the FY 2009 budget began by addressing a shortfall of $24.8 million due to continued declines in revenue and increased fuel-related costs.

  • The School Board requested an increase of $63.8 million, or 4 percent, over their FY 2008 funding level. The approved budget provides an additional $40 million to schools.

  • There were a number of County requirements not funded in the County Executive’s proposal, including full funding of employee compensation increases, additional support for the Code Enforcement Strike Team, and restoration of the P’CASO positions in the Police Department. These increases are largely funded by Board-approved reductions in other areas of the County budget.

At the $0.92 per $100 of assessed value rate, the average taxpayer will pay slightly less in real estate taxes in FY 2009 than in FY 2008 as a result of the decline in the average assessed value from $542,409 to $524,076.

Other important elements in the approved FY 2009 budget include implementation of an additional 11-cent real estate tax rate on commercial and industrial property in the County that will generate an additional $51.7 million for new or enhanced transportation initiatives.

Information on the FY 2009 budget 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/.

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