County Executive Presents FY 2017 Carryover Budget Recommendations

July 25, 2017

Fairfax County Executive Edward L. Long presented his recommendations for use of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 carryover funds to the Board of Supervisors today. Carryover is the process by which certain unspent or unencumbered funds for commitments to pay for goods and services at the end of one fiscal year are reappropriated to the next fiscal year. FY 2017 ended on June 30, 2017.

The FY 2017 carryover balance, after funding prior year obligations and associated reserves, is $59.68 million, which is approximately 1.5 percent of the county’s total General Fund budget. Long’s recommended allocation:

  • $58.83 million to be allocated in the carryover package as follows
    • $35.81 million for funding county reserves and infrastructure needs based on county policy.  
    • $15.40 million to fully fund the demolition of the Massey Building (Public Safety Center), which is anticipated to be vacated by the end of 2017.
    • $1.52 million for the Planning and Land Use System (PLUS) Project using permit fee revenues received in FY 2017 and funding for 10 positions, fully offset by anticipated FY 2018 revenues, to continue the ongoing investment to improve the county’s land development process.
    • $0.50 million placed in reserve for gang prevention efforts in the community. In addition, $1.1 million is allocated to the Community Services Board to increase residential treatment and medical detoxification beds to begin to address the growing opioid epidemic. An additional $2.5 million is set aside in reserve to provide ongoing flexibility as the county works to develop additional strategies to combat opioid use.
    • $0.71 million for funding other requirements such as the Aug. 29 School Board at-large special election and Park Authority equipment needs. In addition, at no net cost to the county, 11 positions are added to address increasing public assistance caseloads and one position is added to support workload requirements related to the maintenance of Fairfax County Public Schools' vehicles.
    • $4.89 million in reserves associated with disbursement increases funded in the carryover package.
  • $0.85 million to be held in reserve to address critical one-time requirements and funding needs.When added to the $0.24 million held in reserve as part of the FY 2018 Adopted Budget Plan, a total of $1.09 million is available for the Board of Supervisors' consideration as part of the carryover process.

Next steps:

Sept. 12 – Next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Supervisors will include public hearings on the carryover recommendations and a vote on the FY 2017 Carryover Budget Package.

FY 2017 Carryover Budget Package



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