Board of Supervisors Marks Up FY 2012 Budget

April 12, 2011

Today, the Board of Supervisors marked up the proposed Fiscal Year 2012 Budget, which begins on July 1, 2011. The marked-up budget includes a real estate tax rate of $1.07 per $100 of assessed value, a two-cent decrease from the $1.09 rate in FY 2011. Formal adoption of the budget is scheduled to take place April 26.

The FY 2012 plan marked up by the board provides for a balanced budget based on a General Fund Revenue increase of 1.97 percent from the FY 2011 Adopted Budget Plan. General Fund Disbursements are projected to total $3.38 billion, an increase of $69.4 million or 2.10 percent from the FY 2011 Adopted Budget Plan. The budget includes the addition of 39 positions, including 12 state-funded school nurse positions, 20 federally funded positions to support mental health services, four additional positions to replace grant staffing support for the detoxification programs and three staff for the expanded Reston Community Center. 

The budget does not include funding for compensation increases for county staff. However, the board directed the county executive to identify balances as part of the FY 2011 carryover review for the purpose of providing county employees with a market rate increase, effective mid-October 2011

The total county transfer to support School Operating and Debt Service is $1.77 billion or 52.5 percent of total county disbursements. In its guidance on the budget, the board supports the School Board's efforts to fully implement full-day kindergarten (FDK) within existing school resources in FY 2012. To assist the School Board with funding and reprioritizing its resources to accomplish FDK countywide, the Board of Supervisors will provide $500,000 in savings from the elimination of kindergarten SACC, which is no longer necessary with FDK; additional cable funding in the amount of $641,904; and the added flexibility of $1.9 million that would have reverted to the county for existing budget requirements. In addition, the board has provided additional flexibility in the use of cable programming dollars that would need to be reprioritized.

The Board of Supervisors also increased the school bond sale program to $155 million per year (or $125 million in increased capacity over the five-year Capital Improvement Program period), and it has directed staff to work with the school system to identify short-term financing alternatives for energy-related improvements to accelerate construction projects.                    

Prior to marking up the FY 2012 fiscal plan, the Board of Supervisors approved the FY 2011 Third Quarter Review. This quarterly review required several adjustments impacting both revenues and disbursements for the remainder of FY 2011.

Going forward, the board approved Budget Guidance for FY 2012 and FY 2013 that includes:

  • Direct that the county executive provide the Board of Supervisors with a financial forecast for FY 2013 by fall 2011 to assist Board of Supervisors’ decision-making as it relates to guidance to the county and the schools on the strategic priorities and the budgetary support for programs and services in FY 2013, as well as longer term capital requirements for the county. In addition, the board directed the county executive to prepare a FY 2013 budget proposal that continues to consider the affordability of taxes for county residents and businesses.
  • The Board of Supervisors and School Board and staff continue the successful pursuit of opportunities for collaboration that can result in efficiencies, reductions and improvements. 
  • Direct that staff monitor and quantify the impacts of federal budget reductions to services for county residents and identify options for potential offset of these reductions.

Complete budget information, including revisions made during the budget mark-up session, is available online or by calling the Department of Management and Budget at 703-324-2391, TTY 711

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