The Board of Supervisors adopted the FY 2019 $4.29 billion General Fund budget, at its meeting today, May 1. The budget becomes effective July 1, 2018.
County Executive Bryan J. Hill presented his proposed budget in February, which was followed by two months of public input and meetings.
Listen to Chairman Bulova’s comments on the FY 2019 Budget:
The Adopted FY 2019 Budget Includes:
The budget includes a 2 cent increase in the Real Estate Tax Rate, which will result in an average tax bill increase of $241 for homeowners. The Real Estate Tax Rate will increase from the current rate of $1.13 to $1.15 per $100 of assessed value. The proposed tax rate had been for a 2.5 cent increase.
The real estate tax increase will generate an additional $49.3 million for the county next year.
In addition, the FY 2019 Budget includes these tax and fee adjustments:
- Refuse collection fee increase per household to $350 from the current rate of $345.
- Refuse disposal fee increase per ton to $66 from the current rate of $64.
- Sewer service charges fee increase to $7 per 1,000 gallons from the current charge of $6.75 per 1,000 gallons.
- An increase in sewer service charges to $7 per 1,000 gallons. This is an increase from the current FY 2018 service charge of $6.75 per 1,000 gallons.
- Sewer service base charge increase from $27.62 per quarter to $30.38 per quarter.
- Stormwater services district tax rate increase from $0.0300 to $0.0325 per $100 of assessed value.
- Phase I Dulles Rail Transportation Improvement District tax rate decrease from $0.15 to $0.13 per $100 of assessed value per the recommendation from the Phase I District Commission.
FCPS funding for FY 2019 will be 52.8 percent of the county’s General Fund budget, an increase of 4.22 percent over the current FY 2018 Adopted Budget Plan, and includes $53 million for teacher salary scale increases
It is anticipated that the FCPS FY 2019 Advertised Budget will remain fully funded, with increased state revenues. This includes projected cost increases related to updated enrollment information.
The Adopted FY 2019 Budget includes funding for public safety funding and other county priorities, including:
Looking toward the FY 2020 Budget, County Executive Bryan J. Hill has begun a strategic planning process that will seek efficiencies, as well as opportunities, in service delivery, and work to increase the county’s commercial base, with a goal of creating a more favorable balance with our residential assessments.
The county is also working in collaboration with Fairfax County Public Schools to implement operational efficiencies. The FY 2019 Budget was developed with an eye on FY 2020 as well. Both organizations will make a concerted effort to identify additional operational efficiencies that will provide the pathway for a productive and creative budget process in future years.
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The county’s budget is a year-round process. There are a number of ways for you to stay informed and engaged: