Board of Supervisors Approves FY 2012 Budget Carryover
Sept. 11, 2012
Today, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing to amend the appropriation level in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 budget and approved the FY 2012 Budget Carryover package. Carryover is the process by which certain unspent or unencumbered funds for commitments to pay for goods and services at the end of one fiscal year are reappropriated in the next fiscal year.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova noted the emphasis of the FY 2012 Carryover Review is on two major issues: the projected Community Services Board (CSB) funding shortfall for FY 2013 and the challenges for FY 2014.
- Read Bulova’s remarks.
The CSB is facing a projected $9.5 million shortfall, which the Board of Supervisors has been working to address for the past several months. “Reaching a strategy for closing the projected shortfall has engaged us and the community in a manner that has demonstrated our commitment to the ‘safety net’ of services that we value,” said Bulova.
The board resolved the projected shortfall through a combination of reductions, redesigns and consolidations, coupled with funding from the board’s Reserve Fund established to aid in this process. The board emphasizes that this plan will not delay entry into the Early Intervention services of the Infant Toddler Connection. In addition, the county will continue to meet service requirements for its existing clients, as well as new graduates of Fairfax County Public Schools with intellectual disabilities.
The FY 2014 challenges include sequestration - the automatic large federal budget cuts that may go into effect beginning in January 2013 - and the county’s revenue projections, which indicate very slow growth.
As the county looks ahead to FY 2014, Bulova stressed that, “We will continue to look at these and all services critically each year since we will be facing constrained revenues for the foreseeable future.”
The county is working to identify potential impacts on the county based on a number of scenarios that may result from federal budget reductions.
The FY 2012 carryover includes a reserve of $8.1 million, which provides the board with capacity to address potential challenges during FY 2013 that could dramatically impact services.
In preparation for the development of agency budgets for fiscal years 2014 and 2015, agencies have been asked to identify spending reduction options totaling 5 percent for each year.
In addition to ongoing constrained resources, another round of budget reductions may significantly impact services to county residents. Consequently, the board is committed to informing and engaging the community as the county considers possible impacts to the delivery of many services. The Department of Management and Budget will be scheduling community engagement opportunities this fall and winter.
Bulova noted, “These meetings will be designed to keep residents informed about the challenges the county faces, and to obtain community input on ways to move forward, which also protects the quality of life we value.”
A full breakdown of the final FY 2012 Carryover package will be made available later today online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/budget.
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