County Executive Proposes $3.7 Billion FY 2015 Budget; Plan for FY 2016 Budget


Feb. 25, 2014

News Highlights 

  • County executive continues cautious, deliberative and sustainable approach to budgeting.
  • Proposed budget maintains the FY 2014 Real Estate Tax Rate at $1.085 per $100 of assessed value.
  • Recommended operating transfer to Fairfax County Public Schools is $1.75 billion, a 2 percent increase over FY 2014.
  • County executive will answer questions on budget during “Ask Fairfax” online chat, Friday, Feb. 28, 2-3 p.m.
  • Board of Supervisors will hold Town Hall meetings March 1 through April 1.


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Fairfax County Executive Edward L. Long presented his proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Budget, including the Multi-Year FY 2015-2016 Budget Plan to the Board of Supervisors at its meeting today. He proposed a General Fund budget of $3.7 billion for FY 2015 (July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015), an increase of 3.29 percent over the FY 2014 Adopted Budget Plan. (The total of all appropriated funds is $6.95 billion, which includes the General Fund as well as other appropriated funds such as state and federal grants.)

The proposed FY 2015 Budget maintains the FY 2014 Real Estate Tax Rate at $1.085 per $100 of assessed value. The average increase in residential assessments (value) countywide for 2014 is 6.54 percent. This means that FY 2015 real estate taxes per typical household will increase $331.67 in FY 2015. However, commercial values remain a significant concern, remaining essentially level over the last year. Note: The value of a penny on the Real Estate Tax Rate is $21.9 million in FY 2015. Each penny change in the tax rate equals an average $50 on a taxpayer’s bill.

“As the county continues to face fiscal challenges, we must persist in our cautious and deliberative approach to budgeting, only funding items that are sustainable.  We also must be ready to make the necessary decisions to maintain investment in our services, infrastructure and development of the community,” explained Long.  “Almost all of the budget increase I am proposing is for capital investment and for employee compensation – these are two critical elements of our continued success.”

The recommended transfer to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) for school operations and debt service is $1.93 billion, a 2.07 percent and $39,113,302 increase over FY 2014. This transfer accounts for 52.1 percent of the proposed county budget expenditures.  Although not included in the transfer, the proposed county budget also includes $72.6 million in additional support for school services including Head Start, school health, resource officers and crossing guards, after-school programming, field maintenance and recreational programs, among others.

“Earlier this month, the School Board requested a 5.7 percent increase for FY 2015,” said Long. “This request would require an additional $63.8 million in funding and an increase in the Real Estate Tax Rate, which has not been included in my budget proposal.”

Summary of Additional Proposed Budget Recommendations:

  • A 1.29 percent compensation increase for county employees based on a Market Rate Adjustment, effective July 1, 2014, as well an increase in funding of health insurance and other benefits.
  • Increase in capital construction funding, including capital renewal (planned replacement of aging roofs, electrical systems, HVAC systems, plumbing systems, etc. in county facilities), compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and athletic field maintenance.
  • Increase in public safety funding, including 9-1-1 support and requirements, and full  year funding of operations at the Wolftrap Fire Station.
  • Increase in human services funding including behavioral health services for youth, school readiness for pre-schoolers and domestic violence services.

Public hearings on the proposed FY 2015 Budget are held in the Government Center Board Auditorium:

  • April 8, 6 p.m.
  • April 9, 3 p.m.
  • April 10, 3 p.m.

Those wishing to speak at a public hearing can sign up online to place their name on the speakers list or contact the Office of the Clerk to the Board at 703-324-3151, TTY 703-324-3903. The public hearings will be held in the Board Auditorium, Fairfax County Government Center and will be shown live on Fairfax County Government Channel 16. You can also provide feedback and comments on the proposed budget through mid-April at dmbinfo@fairfaxcounty.gov  . Given the volume of comments, individual responses will not be possible.

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