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County Marks Up FY2018 Budget, Maintains No Real Estate Tax Increase

by Dave Emke — April 25, 2017 at 1:30 pm 6 Comments

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors at their meeting Tuesday morning marked up the proposed FY2018 budget, and the current real estate tax rate remains.

Upon approval of the budget, the real estate tax rate will remain at the FY 2017 level of $1.13 per $100 of the assessed value of the home, as proposed by the county executive. (The average Reston real estate assessment has gone down by 0.33 percent in 2017.) Board chairman Sharon Bulova said the stable rate “ensure[s] Fairfax County continues to be an affordable place to live for seniors and families.”

At the board’s Feb. 28 meeting, Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (Hunter Mill District) supported an amendment that would have raised the advertised real estate tax rate to $1.15 per $100. The amendment, introduced by Supervisor Kathy Smith (Sully District), failed by a vote of 7-3, with Supervisor Daniel Storck (Mount Vernon District) casting the third vote in favor.

Changes in the marked-up $4.1 billion budget include:

  • an additional $1.7 million in funding for Fairfax County Public Schools above the amount in the county executive’s proposed budget, for a total transfer of $2.17 billion (52.8 percent of the budget)
  • just under $2 million and 18 new positions to support the second year of the county’s Diversion First initiative, which helps divert individuals with mental illness from jail into mental health treatment
  • more than $13 million in reductions and nine position eliminations, resulting from agency reductions and continued savings in fuel and retiree health expenses

The marked-up budget was approved by an 8-2 vote of the Board, with Smith and Storck dissenting.

The board is expected to officially approve the budget May 2, and it will go into effect July 1.

  • The Constitutionalist

    The fun part that was left out:

    “However, some homeowners may see an increase in their real estate taxes next year due to a slight increase in the countywide average assessments. To view your current real estate tax amount (for most of us it is paid through our mortgage company), go to the MyFairfax Web Portal.”

  • EliteinReston

    I would love to hear from a Restonian whose assessment declined.

    • John Higgins

      Sure, what would you like to hear? That the arrival of the Metro station a short walk from my front door produced a decline? Check. That new residential development along Sunrise Valley added no value? Check. That my actual tax went down despite a rate increase? Check.

      • EliteinReston

        Precisely. I cannot think of an area where assessments would have gone down. It defies common sense.

        • John Higgins

          I apologize for misleading by not starting off with “My tax assessment for 2016 showed no change and for 2017 it actually went down.” Am I complaining about paying less? No. But despite the factors I mentioned, my tax bill is actually lower. Some times it pays to not be elite.

  • Greg

    Today, the Board of Supervisors approved markups to the FY2018 budget that will be formally adopted next week. Under the approved marked up budget, the tax rate will remain unchanged at $1.13 although most homeowners will see a modest increase (0.7% for the average taxpayer).

    The food tax defeat sent a message to the BoS that raising real estate taxes by more than 24% over the last four years was too much. This year the Board had to make ends meet with what it had, just as we, the taxpayers, have to do every year with our finances.

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