Board of Supervisors Meeting Podcast Transcript: Feb. 23, 2009
Welcome to the podcast of meeting highlights for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting on February 23, 2009.
The Board voted to discontinue any further consideration of the school
systems' proposed Gatehouse II purchase, stating that acquisition of
the building was not in the county’s best interest during a challenging
Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin proposed a General Fund
budget of $3.3 billion for Fiscal Year 2010, a decrease of 3.70 percent
from the FY 2009 Revised Budget Plan. In response to the budget
situation and to address the projected $650 million deficit, he focused
on three strategies: (1) Eliminate non-contractual or legally
obligated growth (2) Reduce, reengineer, reorganize, redesign and
eliminate various County lines of business; and (3) Include revenue
enhancements. All areas of the County’s budget will be
affected. His proposed budget includes reductions totaling $106.4
million and eliminates 524 regular positions. The reduction
alternatives include modification in County service hours and service
levels, staffing decreases, and program eliminations. The budget
proposal includes an increase in the real estate tax rate that will
hold average taxes paid by residential property owners relatively flat
with their FY 2009 payment level. At the proposed real estate tax
rate of $1.04 per $100 of assessed value, along with the newly proposed
Stormwater Service District rate of $0.015 per $100 of assessed value,
the taxes paid by the average residential taxpayer will be $14 more
than their FY 2009 tax bill. The Board of Supervisors will
now hold public hearings and accept comments and input; their formal
adoption of the budget is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 27,
at 10 a.m. during the regularly scheduled board meeting.
It was noted that the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration
(DTA) began mailing 352,526 real estate assessment notices to all
property owners of taxable parcels in the county. More than 95% of
residential properties experienced an assessment decrease for 2009.
Taxable real estate value in Fairfax County decreased by $22.86 billion
or -9.95% from 2008.
The Board affirmed strong support for the construction of the three
planned spot improvements on westbound I-66 inside the Beltway.
Following a joint board matter, the two county members of the
Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Transportation Planning
Board (TPB) agreed to request a reconsideration vote on the project at
the March 18 TPB meeting to reflect the board’s support.
That’s all for this podcast of meeting highlights for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, thanks for listening.
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