Board of Supervisors - Chairman

Fairfax County, Virginia



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Fairfax, VA 22035

Sharon Bulova, Chairman, At-Large


Sharon Bulova is honored to serve her third term as Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. She was first elected Chairman in a special election in 2009 and previously served as the Braddock District Supervisor from 1988-2009. The Chairman of the Board of Supervisors presides over all Board of Supervisors meetings and represents over 1.1 million county residents.

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March 13, 2019
Stakeholder Group Offers Recommendations for Affordable Housing in Fairfax County For immediate release: March 13, 2019   Yesterday at the Budget Committee Meeting of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Affordable Housing Resources Panel (AHRP) presented recommendations regarding the future of affordable housing in Fairfax County. Members of the AHRP were appointed by the Board of Supervisors and include representatives from the nonprofit, private and public sectors. The AHRP was charged with: Identifying a numeric goal of the number of housing units affordable to households earning 60 percent or less of the Area Median Income (AMI) that should be preserved and developed over the next 15 years. Developing recommendations on the resource investments needed to meet this numeric housing goal.    Recommendations developed by the AHRP are organized under five strategic categories: Need, new production goals, and resources Preservation of affordable housing units Land use policies and regulations Institutional capacity Community awareness and legislative priorities   Within these five strategic categories, a few of the recommendations from the Affordable Housing Resources Panel include: Produce a minimum of 5,000 new homes affordable to households earning up to 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) over the next 15 years. Allocate the equivalent of a penny on the real estate tax rate in the next budget cycle (FY 2021) to be used for capital purposes to support the creation of new homes that are affordable. These funds would be in addition to the current half penny on the tax rate already dedicated to affordable housing in the county’s existing budget. Maintain the current half penny on the tax rate ($12.2 million) for preservation of affordable units. Commit to no net loss of existing market affordable units in Fairfax County. Develop a package of innovative land use policies to further facilitate the development of affordable housing beyond the stated goal of 5,000 units. Proactively identify opportunities to co-locate affordable housing with bond-funded county capital facilities. Consider a countywide proffer policy on commercial contributions that are used for affordable housing production. Partner with Houses of Worship to identify opportunities for housing development on land owned by faith communities. Hire at least 3 new positions within Fairfax County’s Department of Housing and Community Development to coordinate and administer affordable housing initiatives, partnerships and programs. Ensure affordable housing continues to have a prominent place in Fairfax County’s Legislative Program, and continues to be a focus of the county’s federal legislative efforts. Read the full list of the recommendations here.   “In order to ensure a healthy economy, reduce traffic congestion and maintain an excellent quality of life, it’s important for residents to be able to live near where they work in housing that is affordable,” Chairman Sharon Bulova said. “The Board of Supervisors tasked the Affordable Housing Resources Panel to provide us with concrete recommendations regarding affordable housing goals, as well as strategies to consider to achieve those goals. This group has presented the Board with an excellent roadmap to consider during a future budget cycle.”   The AHRP met monthly from October 2018 to February 2019, and was asked to submit recommendations to the Board of Supervisors in time to include in budget guidance for the following year. While the Board of Supervisors will not be implementing any of the recommendations related to investments in this year’s FY 2020 budget, a future Board will have the opportunity to address these options in FY 2021.   Background Department of Housing and Community Development Press Release  

budget process

March 8, 2019
  The Advertised Budget Plan is the annual budget proposed by the County Executive to the Board of Supervisors for the upcoming fiscal year, which runs from July 1 through June 30. The Advertised Budget Plan is based on estimates of projected expenditures for County programs and it provides the means for paying for these expenditures through estimated revenues. General Fund Revenues are projected to be $4.4 billion, an increase of 3.04% over last year, with $2.35 billion being transferred to our Fairfax  County School System.    On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, the Board of Supervisors advertised the current tax rate of $1.15 per $100 of assessed value. This is the tax rate, adopted in FY 2019.  Because of increases in the assessed (market) value of property, the average annual real estate tax bill for homeowners in Fairfax County would rise by $149.16. When adopting the budget, the Board of Supervisors can adopt a tax rate that is the same as or lower than what was advertised, but not higher. The final budget will be "marked up" (amended by the Board of Supervisors) at our Board Meeting on April 30th. The final budget and tax rate will be adopted a week later on May 7, 2019. The budget process includes many Town Hall Meetings, public hearings, and engagement from community members. This year, formal public hearings will take place on April 9, 10 and 11 at the Fairfax County Government Center.    The proposed budget being considered by the Board of Supervisors would fully fund the funding request made by the Fairfax County School Board. The proposed budget also addresses a number of public safety priorities, to include the Diversion First program and the opioid crisis. Further, the County Executive identified $3.5 million in savings, mainly through operational efficiencies and employee vacancies.   While the budget addresses several key priorities of the Board of Supervisors, there are some priorities that are not currently funded in the proposed budget. Employee compensation, for example, is only partially funded. It is the Board's goal to attract and retain the best employees in the region to ensure quality services for our community. Competitive employee compensation is how we best meet this goal. Members of the Board will be listening to the community during the coming months and evaluating potential adjustments to the budget as we proceed toward budget mark up.  We look forward to hearing your thoughts.   FY 2020 Budget Timeline:   March 5: BOS authorizes proposed real estate tax rate for FY2020   April 9: School Board presents FCPS budget request to BOS   April 9-11: BOS holds public hearings on budget   April 26: BOS Budget Committee meeting for pre-markup to discuss changes to County Executive's FY 2020 (proposed) Budget plan   April 30: BOS FY 2020 Budget Mark-Up; determines budget package and tax rate    May 7: BOS adopts FY 2020 Budget, tax rate and budget transfer amount to FCPS   May 23: School Board adopts FCPS FY 2020 Approved Budget   July 1: FY 2020 begins  

Strategic Plan

February 21, 2019
  What does the future of Fairfax County look like to you? Fairfax County Government is beginning a strategic planning process with the community to shape the future together – and we want to hear from and include all voices.   SHARE YOUR VISION: Whether you live, work or own a business in Fairfax County, we want to hear about your vision for the future of our community. We’re interested in hearing your hopes for the future, as well as the most important issues and opportunities we will need to address. Please take a few minutes to complete a short survey.   JOIN A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION:  Consider attending an upcoming community conversation at a location near you. At these gatherings, we want to hear from you as you interact with other community members to outline your vision for Fairfax County. Pick a date and location that is convenient for you and sign up to attend.  

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