Board of Supervisors Meeting Podcast Transcript: April 20, 2009
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Board of Supervisors meeting on April 20, 2009.
The Board, in a unanimous 10-0 vote, marked up the proposed Fiscal Year 2010 Budget, which begins on July 1, 2009. Formal adoption of the budget is scheduled to take place April 27. The Board’s Budget Markup package was presented by Board Chairman Sharon Bulova, who noted that this budget was one of the most challenging ever experienced in Fairfax County.
The FY 2010 marked up budget proposal includes a real estate tax rate of $1.04 per $100 of assessed value. In addition, a stormwater services fee of $0.01 per $100 assessed value (in addition to the real estate tax rate of $1.04 per $100 of assessed value) will be imposed to provide support of stormwater services’ operating and capital project activities through the creation of a new Stormwater Service District. Coupled with a 12.6 percent decline in the average residential assessment, the resulting average tax bill will be a modest reduction from the current fiscal year.
Of the $106.4 million reductions in the County Executive’s Budget, this package restores $22.73 million by reallocating funding budgeted for fuel ($6.3 million), reducing some of the amount originally needed to absorb state cuts ($5.1 million) and reallocating part of the Penny for Affordable Housing ($10.3 million) to restore critical Human Services and Public Safety programs. Regarding the Penny for the Preservation of Affordable Housing, this reallocation should not be interpreted to mean that the board is retreating from its commitment to affordable housing. In fact, some of the reallocation allows the Board to restore what otherwise would have been cuts or the elimination of housing, or housing-related, programs.
Based on current market trends, it appears that real estate assessments will realize further negative growth in FY 2011 and that overall county revenue will most likely decline in FY 2011. As a result, funding for county and schools spending will be further limited in FY 2011.
Prior to marking up the FY 2010 fiscal plan, the Board approved the FY 2009 Third Quarter Review. This quarterly review required several adjustments impacting both revenues and disbursements for the remainder of FY 2009.
The FY 2010 plan marked up by the board provides for a balanced budget based on a General Fund Revenue reduction of 0.20 percent from the FY 2009 Adopted Budget Plan. Total General Fund Disbursements are projected to total $3.33 billion, a decrease of $92.05 million or 2.69 percent from the FY 2009 Revised Budget Plan. Excluding adjustments in the current fiscal year, the actual decrease from the FY 2009 level is $22.28 million or 0.66 percent from the FY 2009 Adopted Budget Plan.
The FY 2010 Schools transfer for operations totals $1.63 billion, which represents no increase or decrease from the FY 2009 transfer level. In addition, the Board of Supervisors budget restores reductions in some key programs that impact the schools including School Resource Officers, Clinic Room Aides and Head Start. The Board of Supervisors also increased school bond sales to $155 million per year from the county executive’s recommended $140 million level.
As a result of the board actions, the net change in positions in FY 2010 is a decrease of 306 positions from FY 2009.
For more information on the FY 2010 Budget, including revisions made during the April 20 markup session and budget guidance for FY 2011, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/budget.
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