County Executive Proposes $3.52 Billion FY 2013 Budget
Feb. 28, 2012
- County executive proposes $3.52 billion budget for FY 2013.
- Recommended transfer to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) operations is $1.68 billion.
- Proposed budget keeps the real estate tax rate at $1.07 per $100 of assessed value.
- Chat online with the county executive about his proposed budget on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 2 p.m. Submit questions now.
At the Board of Supervisors meeting today, Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin proposed a General Fund budget of $3.52 billion for Fiscal Year 2013 (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013), an increase of 1.71 percent from the FY 2012 Revised Budget Plan. Excluding adjustments in the current fiscal year, the increase from the FY 2012 Adopted Budget is 4.26 percent. The total of all appropriated funds is $6.7 billion.
The proposed budget keeps the real estate tax rate at $1.07 per $100 of assessed value — the same as it was last year.
“The fundamental difference as we move toward FY 2013 is that we are now ready to focus on the future in a much more concrete way as opposed to merely seeing what was on the horizon while we exerted most of our energy and effort to successfully manage day-to-day operations during the midst of the ‘Great Recession’,” notes Griffin. “Now is the time to plan ahead in order to move forward with these challenges and the complexities of a growing, diversified population.”
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The recommended transfer to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) operations is $1.68 billion, an increase of 4.5 percent over the FY 2012 Adopted Budget Plan. However, the transfer request approved by the Fairfax County School Board, is $1.75 billion, an increase of $135.8 million, or 8.4 percent over the FY 2012 Adopted Budget Plan transfer. Including transfers for school debt service, the total proposed transfer to FCPS is $1.85 billion, which represents a 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 3.3 percent from last year, although the total number of home sold fell 13.1 percent. Residential real estate revenue accounts for approximately 74 percent of the total tax base. Nonresidential values increased 8.21 percent.
Public hearings on the FY 2013 fiscal plan have been set for Tuesday, April 10, at 6 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday, April 11-12, 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 May 1. Key budget dates are available online.
Summary of Additional Proposed Budget Highlights
- Balanced budget with limited increases in General Fund disbursements and direct expenditures.
- Increase in the stormwater service rate of $0.01 for a total of $0.025 per $100 of assessed real estate value required to meet increasing federal and state regulatory requirements.
- Other recommended fare and fee increases: School Age Child Care (SACC) fee – 5 percent; Rec-PAC program fee – 10 percent and Fairfax Connector fares – 7 percent.
- $3.6 million for transportation improvements and subsidy requirements.
- $0.76 million for Tysons Redevelopment for new and previously unfunded staff positions.
- 2.18 percent Market Rate Adjustment (MRA) for all county employees.
- Net reduction of two county employee positions: recommendation for 34 new positions and abolishment of 36 positions, as part of recommended agency reductions. There is no Reduction-in-Force (RIF) required as a result of these position reductions.
- Strategic reductions while retaining core and critical services: $10.64 million in General Fund agency expenditure reductions.
For more information on the FY 2013 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 upon request.