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Fairfax Supervisors Approve Uses for $46.9M Budget Carryover

by Karen Goff — September 24, 2015 at 9:30 am 12 Comments

Fairfax County/Credit: Fairfax CountyThe Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a $46.91 million carryover from the 2015 county budget.

A 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 re-appropriated to the next fiscal year, the county says. FY 2015 ended on June 30.

County executive Ed Long made as series of recommendations on how to allocate the money. After a public hearing Tuesday, the supervisors approved those recommendations.

Among them:

  • $13.10 million to fund Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) for infrastructure replacement and improvements (school building renovations, new facilities, HVAC upgrades, etc. This amount will also be included in the proposed FY 2017 budget planning. Schools superintendent Karen Garza is predicting a budget gap of about $80 million for the schools in their upcoming fiscal year.
  • $5.53 million is being allocated to the county’s infrastructure reserve fund.
  • $3.86 million to fund Board of Supervisors’ priorities, including the purchase of second mobile crisis unit, reduction of  waiting lists for School Age Child Care (SACC) programs, human services’ prevention efforts, the resident curator program, emergency system requirements related to aging infrastructure, preliminary design for a community athletic field in the Hybla Valley area and Fire and Rescue programs related to health and injury prevention.
  • $2 million in contributions to the World Police & Fire Games. The carryover review also included $1 million appropriated by the commonwealth of Virginia to support the 2015 games. Fairfax officials estimated the games, held in late June and early July brought in $83 million in economic benefits for the county.
  • $1.5 million to fund FCPS high school turf fields. This is the third and final county contribution to install turf fields at county schools. Funding is being matched by FCPS.
  • $.65 million for Laurel Hill Adaptive Reuse project. This funding was approved by the Board of Supervisors in July 2014.
  • $.17 million to fund a six-month transition period for the closing of the Annandale Adult Day Health Care Center.
  • $17.81 million is being allocated for the county’s financial reserves to support the Triple AAA bond rating based on the board’s reserve policy. All adjustments included in carryover have been accompanied with contributions to the reserves, bringing total reserve adjustments to $18.53 million, the county says.
  • $5.96 million is available for the Board of Supervisors to allocate for future non-recurring priorities.

The reserve allocation will be taken into consideration when the county executive makes the annual budget forecast for FY 2017 to to a joint meeting of the Board of Supervisors and the School Board in November.

For more budget information, visit Fairfax County’s website.

  • Baron von PloppenHausen

    2017 shortfall is only 66.9 million now. The total suck of FCPS has been reduced by 13.10 million dollars.

  • meh

    The county only had 730K in reserve to back its bonds before the surplus? I would hope it would of been higher consider they issue two or three new ones every election…

    • Baron von PloppenHausen

      To me, clowns aren’t funny. In fact, they’re kinda scary. I’ve wondered where
      this started, and I think it goes back to the time I went to the circus and a
      clown killed my dad.

    • John Higgins

      Rest easy, alert reader. Note that the $17.81 million adds to the fiscal 2015 ADJUSTMENT of $720k. Reserves (there are many types of reserves) have been increased by a total of $18.53 million. One if the most important reserves is the so-called “rainy day fund” from which the county can draw if other revenues are seriously low. That fund has been tapped only once since it was created, some 20 years ago, in response to the economic tumble several years ago.
      Total reserves are are on low end of what one sees in a AAA jurisdiction, but high enough to sustain ratings that are the envy of 99% of state and local governments.

  • Ming the Merciless

    It’s like giving your teenager a $20 to go to the store – don’t expect any change back.

  • Greg

    $2 million to the police and fire games? Plus a million more from the commonwealth? I am dumb as dirt, no doubt about that, but I surely recall being told, many times, for at least a decade, that this event would not cost the county or commonwealth taxpayers…and we are still estimating the “benefits”? Astounding how that benefit estimate has ballooned from $35 million and it’s still no better than an estimate.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/25/AR2009082503314_2.html

  • Greg

    And how about using some of that $5.6 million for illuminating the dark, black hole of Fairfax County also known as Reston?

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Or we could use all of that money to eliminate our special tax district.

  • TBird73

    “This amount will also be included in the proposed FY 2017 budget ”

    Yeah, right! I guarantee that $13 million to the school disappears without a trace long before the next budget cycle. Hell, in the very next sentence you still quote the $80 million number. Sorry, doesn’t this make it $67 million? Anybody want to take bets that the school will revise the “budget shortfall” number for next year in their press releases after this?

    Yeah, didn’t think so.

  • Henry Rearden

    Could fix a lot of potholes in South Reston with that money

  • Phuckna

    So, they didn’t simply give themselves another raise ?

  • Did anyone on the Board think about giving the money back to the tax payers?

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