Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Unanimously Adopts Fiscal Year 2010 Budget

April 27, 2009
OPA 093/09

News Highlights  

  • Adopted budget includes a real estate tax rate of $1.04 and a stormwater service fee of $0.01; average tax bill will be a modest reduction.
  • Critical human services and public safety programs restored from proposed budget.
  • Complete budget information available online.

More Information 

On April 27, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, in a unanimous 10-0 vote, adopted the fiscal year 2010 budget, which begins on July 1. On April 20, the board marked up its budget proposal. Today’s action means the board formally adopted the budget resolutions necessary to implement last week’s markup.

The FY 2010 adopted budget includes a real estate tax rate of $1.04 per $100 of assessed value. In addition, a stormwater service fee of $0.01 per $100 assessed value is being imposed to provide support for stormwater operations and capital project activities. Coupled with a 12.6 percent decline in the average residential assessment, the resulting average tax bill will be a modest reduction from the current fiscal year.

The FY 2010 plan provides for a balanced budget. Total General Fund Disbursements are projected to total $3.33 billion, a decrease of $92.05 million or 2.69 percent from the FY 2009 Revised Budget Plan. Excluding adjustments in the current fiscal year, the actual decrease from the FY 2009 level is $22.28 million or 0.66 percent from the FY 2009 Adopted Budget Plan. 

Of the $106.4 million in reductions included in the county executive’s proposed budget, the adopted budget restores $22.73 million by reallocating funding budgeted for fuel ($6.3 million), reducing some of the amount originally needed to absorb state cuts ($5.1 million) and reallocating part of the penny for affordable housing ($10.3 million) to restore critical human services and public safety programs.

The net change in positions in FY 2010 is a decrease of 306 positions from FY 2009. The board’s adopted budget restores 218 positions that were proposed to be eliminated in the county executive’s advertised budget. These restored positions include:

  • 60 positions for human services.
  • 72 positions for the Fire and Rescue Department.
  • 63 positions for the Police Department (including 28 for the School Resource Officer Program).
  • 11 positions at the lakefront parks (Lake Accotink, Burke Lake and Lake Fairfax).
  • 2 positions for the Mount Vernon Lockup.
  • 2 watch officer positions for the Office of Emergency Management.
  • 2 positions for air quality monitoring for the Health Department.
  • 2 Planning Commission positions.
  • 2 property maintenance/zoning inspector positions.
  • 1 position at the David Pinn Community Center.
  • 1 position at Green Spring Gardens Park. 

The FY 2010 advertised budget proposed a reduction of 524 positions as a result of the lines of business (LOBs) review.

Additional information on the FY 2010 budget is available online and by calling the Fairfax County Department of Management and Budget at 703-324-2391, TTY 711.


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