Board of Supervisors Meeting Podcast Transcript: Apr. 12, 2011
Welcome to the podcast of meeting highlights for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting on April 12, 2011.
The Board approved:
- The County’s and Schools’ FY 2011 Third Quarter Review
- The Markup of the County Executive’s FY 2012 Advertised Budget Plan and the FY 2012 Add-On Package
- The Fairfax County Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for Fiscal Years 2012 - 2016 (With Future Fiscal Years to 2021)
The Board marked up the proposed Fiscal Year 2012 Budget, which begins on July 1, 2011. The marked-up budget includes a real estate tax rate of $1.07 per $100 of assessed value, a two-cent decrease from the $1.09 rate in FY 2011. Formal adoption of the budget is scheduled to take place April 26. The FY 2012 plan marked up by the board provides for a balanced budget based on a General Fund Revenue increase of 1.97 percent from the FY 2011 Adopted Budget Plan. General Fund Disbursements are projected to total $3.38 billion, an increase of $69.4 million or 2.10 percent from the FY 2011 Adopted Budget Plan.
The budget includes the addition of 39 positions, including 12 state-funded school nurse positions, 20 federally funded positions to support mental health services, four additional positions to replace grant staffing support for the detoxification programs and three staff for the expanded Reston Community Center. The budget does not include funding for compensation increases for county staff. However, the board directed the county executive to identify balances as part of the FY 2011 carryover review for the purpose of providing county employees with a market rate increase, effective mid-October 2011 if sufficient funds are identified. The total county transfer to support School Operating and Debt Service is $1.77 billion or 52.5 percent of total county disbursements.In its guidance on the budget, the board supports the School Board's efforts to fully implement full-day kindergarten within existing school resources in FY 2012. To assist the School Board with funding and reprioritizing its resources to accomplish full-day kindergarten countywide, the Board of Supervisors will provide $500,000 in savings from the elimination of kindergarten SACC, which would no longer be necessary; additional cable funding in the amount of $641,904; and the added flexibility of $1.9 million that would have reverted to the county for existing budget requirements. In addition, the board has provided additional flexibility in the use of cable programming dollars that would need to be reprioritized.
The Board held a public hearing on the 25 alternative plans submitted by the Advisory
Citizens Committee and the public to reapportion the election districts
of the Board of Supervisors. The Board will make a decision at its next
meeting on April 26, 2011.
That’s all for this podcast of meeting highlights for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, thanks for listening.
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