Budget Process Timeline


  • July 1: Fiscal Year 2017 begins.

  • Nov. 22: County executive and FCPS superintendent provide FY 2018 budget forecasts at joint meeting of Board of Supervisors and School Board.

  • Dec. 13: Board of Supervisors work session with General Assembly delegation.

  • Dec. 16: Governor submits his proposed budget to General Assembly.


  • January: Board of Supervisors budget committee meetings.

  • Jan. 7:  The Fairfax County delegation to the General Assembly holds hearing for public comment on the upcoming 2017 General Assembly session.

  • Jan. 12: Superintendent releases FCPS FY 2018 proposed budget.

  • Jan 30. (and Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, if needed): School Board budget public hearing.

  • February: Board of Supervisors budget committee meetings.

  • Feb. 9:  School Board adopts superintendent's FY 2018 budget.
  • Feb. 14: County executive releases county’s proposed FY 2018 budget.

  • Feb. 28: Board of Supervisors authorizes proposed real estate tax rate for FY 2018.

  • Late February: General Assembly adopts state budget.

  • March: Board of Supervisors budget committee meetings.

  • April 4: School Board presents FCPS budget to Board of Supervisors.

  • April 4 to 6: Board of Supervisors holds public hearings on county budget.

  • April 21: Board of Supervisors Budget Committee meeting for pre-markup (discuss changes) to county executive’s FY 2018 budget recommendations.

  • April 25: Board of Supervisors mark up (make changes to) county executive’s FY 2018 budget recommendations.

  • May 2: Board of Supervisors adopts FY 2018 budget and tax rate, including budget transfer to FCPS.

  • May 11: School Board FY 2018 Approved Budget presented for new business.

  • May 25: School Board adopts FY 2018 approved budget.
  • July 1: Fiscal Year 2018 begins.

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