Board of Supervisors Authorizes Advertised Tax Rate of $1.08


March 6, 2012

Highlights

  • Board of Supervisors can approve a lower rate when it adopts the budget, but not a higher rate.
  • Board authorized the advertisement of a Stormwater Management Service fee of $0.025/$100 of assessed value.
  • Board approved advertisement of the FY 2012 Third Quarter Review.
  • Residents can provide feedback at public hearings and town hall meetings.

At its meeting today, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors authorized advertisement of a real estate tax rate for FY 2013 of $1.08 per $100 of assessed value. The current FY 2012 rate is $1.07. In addition, the Board approved the advertisement of the FY 2012 Third Quarter Review .

Advertising an increase in the rate does not prevent the board from lowering any advertised tax rate, but a higher tax rate cannot be imposed without advertising the higher rate.

This $1.08 rate will provide flexibility of 1 cent or $19.95 million above the county executive’s FY 2013 proposed budget. Each one cent increase in the real estate tax rate impacts the average residential taxpayer’s annual bill by approximately $45.

In addition, the board authorized the advertisement of a Stormwater Management Service fee of $0.025 per $100 of assessed value to support stormwater management programs and services and capital project requirements.  The FY 2012 rate is $0.015.  This rate increase is required to meet the increasing federal and state regulatory requirements pertaining to the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit requirements, and state and federal mandates associated with the Chesapeake Bay.

A separate public hearing on the effective tax rate will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 3:30 p.m., Fairfax County Government Center Board Auditorium, as required by Virginia Code Section 58.1-3321.

In addition, public hearings on the FY 2013 budget, the advertised capital improvement plan (CIP) and proposed tax rates for tax year 2012 have been set for Tuesday, April 10, at 6 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday, April 11-12, at 3 p.m. also at the Fairfax County Government Center Board Auditorium.

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.

Town hall meetings are being held throughout the county to give residents the opportunity to ask questions and discuss specific concerns. The complete schedule is available online.

Residents can also submit comments about the tax rate and the budget online.

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