County Executive Proposes $3.38 Billion FY 2012 Budget

Feb. 22, 2011

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At the Board of Supervisors meeting today, Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin proposed a General Fund budget of $3.38 billion for Fiscal Year 2012 (July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012), a decrease of 0.5 percent from the FY 2011 Revised Budget Plan. Excluding adjustments in the current fiscal year, the decrease from the FY 2011 Adopted Budget is 2 percent. The total of all appropriated funds is $6.1 billion.

The proposed budget keeps the real estate tax rate at $1.09 per $100 of assessed value — the same as it was last year.

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The recommended transfer to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) operations is $1.61 billion, no change from the FY 2011 Adopted Budget Plan.  However, the transfer request approved by the Fairfax County School Board, is $1,659.5 billion, an increase of $48.8 million, or 3 percent over the FY 2011 Adopted Budget Plan transfer. Including transfers for school debt service, the total proposed transfer to FCPS is $1.774 billion, an increase of $2.8 million from the FY 2011 funding level, which represents 52.5 percent of total County General Fund Disbursements.

Griffin noted in his presentation that the average price of homes sold in Fairfax County increased an estimated 8.9 percent from last year, although the total number of homes decreased 7.8 percent. Residential real estate revenue accounts for approximately 76 percent of the total tax base. Nonresidential values increased 3.7 percent.

The proposed budget includes 12 new state-funded health positions to target schools with concentrations of high-risk students, and 20 Medicaid-funded positions to serve persons with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. No new county-funded positions or programs were proposed, and the budget does not include pay increases for county employees.

The FY 2012 proposed budget results in an available balance of $30 million, which the Board of Supervisors can utilize in a number of ways, including but not limited to:

  • Employee compensation increases
  • Increase General Fund transfer to FCPS
  • Reduce the real estate tax rate
  • Make up for potential loss in revenue from state authorized revenue resources
  • Fund other priorities and unfunded initiatives
  • Save it for upcoming critical needs in FY 2013

Public hearings on the FY 2012 fiscal plan have been set for Tuesday, March 29, at 6 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday, March 30-31, at 3 p.m. Those wishing to speak at any of the public hearings should contact the Office of the Clerk to the Board at 703-324-3151, TTY 703-324-3903, to place their name on the speakers list or sign up online. The Board of Supervisors will adopt the budget on April 26. Key budget dates are available online.

For more information on the FY 2012 Advertised Budget Plan, contact the Department of Management and Budget at 703-324-2391, TTY 711, or access the budget online. The entire budget is also available on CD-ROM.

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