The Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the $4.45 billion General Fund FY 2020 Budget at its meeting today, May 7. The budget becomes effective July 1, 2019.
County Executive Bryan J. Hill presented his proposed budget in February, which was followed by two months of public input and meetings.
Listen to Hill discuss the budget.
The FY 2020 Adopted Budget maintains the current Real Estate Tax rate of $1.15 per $100 of assessed value and includes funding for a number of important Board priorities including full funding of the Fairfax County Public Schools operating request. The $4.45 billion General Fund Budget represents an increase of $50.56 million, or 1.1%, over the FY 2019 Revised Budget Plan.
The budget includes $2.35 billion for Fairfax County Public Schools. This increase over the FY 2019 Budget fully funds the School Board’s requested transfer and represents 52.8% of the county’s General Fund budget. The top priorities for the FCPS FY 2020 Budget are compensation and instructional programs.
The Adopted FY 2020 Budget also includes funding to increase the market rate adjustment (MRA) for county employees from 1% to 2.1%; an allocation for the Economic Development Authority’s Workforce Attraction Program; and funding for additional personnel resources in support of two important Board priorities – affordable housing and environmental issues.
In addition, the FY 2020 Budget includes these tax and fee adjustments:
- An increase in the refuse collection fee per household to $385 from the current rate of $350.
- An increase in the refuse disposal fee per ton to $68 from the current rate of $66.
- An increase in sewer service charges to $7.28 per 1,000 gallons. This is an increase from the FY 2019 service charge of $7 per 1,000 gallons.
- An increase in the sewer service base charge to $32.91 from $30.38 per quarter.
- A decrease in the Phase I Dulles Rail Transportation Improvement District tax rate from $0.13 to $0.11 per $100 of assessed value per the recommendation from the Phase I District Commission. This decrease is a change from the $0.13 rate that was included in the FY 2020 Advertised Budget Plan.
During its markup session, the Board:
- Offered guidance on the need to align the countywide Strategic Plan, which is now under development, with future capital and operating budgets.
- Identified challenges and opportunities for FY 2021, including: tackling energy and environmental issues; consideration of a funding plan to address the recommendations of the Affordable Housing Resources Panel; and reviewing the results of the Policy Body Worn Camera Pilot Program.
- Recognized the sustained cooperative relationship between Fairfax County and Fairfax County Public Schools. The county and schools will continue to work together to identify resources for their joint priorities in FY 2021 and beyond.