Local Meeting on County Budget Proposal Slated for March 4

by Dave Emke February 14, 2017 at 1:30 pm 13 Comments

Proposed Fairfax County FY2018 budget

Residents of the Hunter Mill District will have their chance on March 4 to weigh in on the proposed Fairfax County FY2018 budget.

County Executive Edward Long presented the $4.1 billion proposal to the county Board of Supervisors at their Tuesday meeting. Each supervisor is holding local meetings to get community input on its details.

Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins will hold her summit Saturday, March 4 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Frying Pan Farm Park visitor center (2739 West Ox Road, Herndon). In addition to the budget presentation and a speaker, the event will also include a “build-a-budget” workshop that Hudgins said would help residents understand what has to be done with the funds available.

In her response to Long’s proposal to the board Tuesday, Hudgins said the state has made it difficult for Fairfax County to “control [its] own destiny.”

“It is troubling when we have to return our value to the state in the way that we do,” Hudgins said. “When you think about that, it is daunting to have our citizens look to us and think that we actually do control it, and we don’t.”

Hudgins said a lack of diversity of revenue for the county, caused by an “inability to break through the stronghold that is in the general assembly,” is forcing some residents to be priced out.

The cost of living here, it does increase, and many of those seniors that I talked with at a senior group [Monday] are saying, ‘I have to move if I want to stay in a place that is affordable for me,'” she said. “We are going to have a lot of discussion from people on that conversation.”

Following their community meetings, supervisors plan to present their changes to the executive’s recommendations on April 25. The budget is scheduled to be adopted May 2.

Hudgins will be joined at the March 4 budget session by Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova and Vienna Mayor Laurie DiRocco. Residents interested in attending are asked to RSVP to [email protected].

Chart via Fairfax County FY2018 budget presentation

  • Reston

    I see that there is a reference to the Reston tax district tax in the presentation.

  • EliteinReston

    Bottom line: No tax increase proposed, but since assessments are up, county residents will pay an average $40 more a year. Reston assessments went up less than 1 percent year over year. Here’s how you can look up your home assessment and your neighbors’: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/2017-real-estate-assessments

    • 30yearsinreston

      They are sending reminders to pay up before they are due

      • EliteinReston

        You are referring to the Reston homeowners fees, which are called assessments. I am talking about Fairfax County real estate assessments.

  • MeMeMe

    It’s a shame that the food tax would have covered the increases, instead older folks are driven out of their homes.
    Oh well, such is the case in a Me Me Me, it’s all about Me society.

    • 30yearsinreston

      Want diversity ?
      Ask the developers to pony up their share

    • Scott

      Meals tax was just a way for the supv to get their greedy hands on more money and establish another knob on the machine of taxes. It would not have saved a single person’s home. Wise up!

    • The Constitutionalist

      Such a shame, to ask people for more instead of finding ways to use less.

      Oh well, such is the case in a I Should Spend Your Money, You Don’t Know How society.

  • 30yearsinreston

    Ms Hudgins wants diversity on collecting taxes ?
    How about getting her developer supporters to pay their fair share
    She is a disgrace as a supervisor
    Sour Grapes is not a plan

  • 30yearsinreston

    Cut the schools budget
    It is obscene

    • Guest

      Kids are crucial.

    • EliteinReston

      According to the budget presentation, the average Fairfax County real estate assessment is $533,168. One of the reasons for our prosperity is our great school system. Investing in our schools is a smart investment that pays off for all of us. For one thing, it makes our community attractive for employers, who provide jobs for our kids.

      • 30yearsinreston

        Rubbish _ more alternative facts


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