Board of Supervisors Sets Agenda for a Sustainable Future
July 1, 2009
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors moved forward on several fronts at a retreat on Monday and Tuesday, June 29-30. The two-day meeting, at the Frying Pan Farm Park Visitors Center, Herndon, was an opportunity for the board to consider its priorities and set a course of action for a sustainable future.
During the retreat, chaired by Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, the board received a financial forecast for Fiscal Year 2011 with a projected deficit of $316 million, which will prolong fiscal challenges another year. “Getting the county back on its fiscal feet is my number one priority,” said Bulova. “We continue to be challenged by the most serious economic breakdown that most of us have experienced in our lifetimes.” Bulova noted that the last board retreat was five years ago.
Recalling the months of Community Dialogues, Lines of Business Reviews and Town Meetings as the board prepared for FY 2010, Bulova added, “Last year's budget was a challenge and we’re not out of the woods. This retreat is a time for us to review priorities and spend time on some major issues. We need to work together and continue to engage our residents to emerge successfully from this downturn.”
The board agreed to move ahead on several issues, with further discussion planned for upcoming board committee meetings:
- Various strategies for addressing the fiscal challenge of FY 2011 are being considered, including reorganizational opportunities, diversification of revenue, staffing, evaluating management structures within county agencies, carefully tracking stimulus applications and funding and reviewing fuel and utility requirements. The effective community engagement process conducted last year will continue this fall as the community again will be invited to work with elected officials and county staff to address the continuing revenue shortfall. Budget forums are expected to begin this September for the public and employees to participate in this process.
- Recognizing that opportunities should be available to all who live or work in Fairfax County to purchase or rent safe, decent, affordable housing within their means, the board will work toward the development of alternative strategies to address current affordable housing needs. A tiered approach may include a direct rental subsidy to assist persons with low to extremely low income, partnering with nonprofits and targeting resources toward housing projects already in the pipeline.
- Acknowledging that the current area plan review process no longer serves the county well, other models will be studied to provide better urban design, public outreach and technical analysis.
- The board will engage in a review and public discussion to consider taking over the secondary roadway system in the county, currently a responsibility of the Virginia Department of Transportation.
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