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Fairfax County Supervisors Adopt 2019 Budget

by RestonNow.com May 7, 2018 at 1:30 pm 12 Comments

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors officially adopted the proposed FY 2019 budget at their meeting last week on May 1.

Among the highlights of the new budget include an increase in the real estate tax, and increased funding for schools, including teacher salaries.

Homeowners can expect a two-cent increase in the annual real estate tax, from the current $1.13 per $100 of assessed home value to $1.15.

Supervisors said this will result in an average increase of $241 per year for homeowners, and a revenue increase of $49.3 million for the county.

“I believe the additional revenue is an important investment needed to shore up the foundation on which our quality of life in Fairfax County rests,” Chairman Sharon Bulova said in recorded comments on the county website.

The new budget also includes increased funding for Fairfax County schools by $91.49 million, or 4.22 percent over the previous year.

“The package fully funds the school board’s request, bringing teacher salaries into competitive alignment with our sister jurisdictions in the region,” Bulova said. “Again, 52.8 percent of our general fund budget [will be] going to the schools.”

Of the additional $91.49 million, $53 million of that will be dedicated to teacher salary scale increases, according to the county website.

“It is anticipated that the FCPS FY 2019 Advertised Budget will remain fully funded, with increased state revenues,” county documents explain. “This includes projected cost increases related to updated enrollment information.”

Bulova said the increased funding will also allow for a 2.25-percent market rate adjustment for county employees, as well as allow for performance, merit and longevity increases.

The approved budget also provides funding for many early childhood education programs, gang prevention and opioid addiction intervention, as well as an increase in funding for Metro “pending a long-term solution,” she said.

The county’s “Diversion First” program will also receive funding. Diversion First offers alternatives to incarceration for people with mental illness or developmental disabilities, who come into contact with the criminal justice system for low level offenses.

Other small tax and fee increases for basic services include:

  • Trash/Refuse Collection and Disposal – Annual collection fees will increase by $5, from the current $345 to $350. Annual disposal fees will increase by $2 from the current $64 to $66.
  • Sewer Fees – Annual sewer service fees will increase from $6.75 per 1,000 gallons to $7. Annual base service charges will increase from $27.62 per quarter to $30.38.
  • Stormwater Services – The district tax rate will increase from $0.0300 to $0.0325 per $100 of assessed value.

One area in which fees will decrease is the Phase I Dulles Rail Transportation Improvement district tax rate, which will go down from 15 cents to 13 cents per $100 of assessed value, thanks to a recommendation by the Phase I District Commission.

The county produced a video on its annual budget is formed and adopted for interested residents.

File Photo: Sharon Bulova

  • EliteinReston

    I think of “highlights” as something good. A tax increase is not good.
    I’m OK with county officials emphasizing where they plan to increase funding, as long as officials also tell us where they plan to cut spending. I didn’t read any spending cuts in this article.

    • Greg

      Because there were none.

    • Greg

      Together with the rise in assessments, taxes on the average homeowner will go up more than 4.5 percent this year and 26 percent over the last five years. Yet again described as “unsustainable,” this year’s budget process did nothing to address spending issues and savings opportunities identified over the past several years.

  • Greg

    Those that advocated for bringing Metro to Tysons should not be getting a break while the rest of us pay more. Some of us have added tolls to pay, too.

  • 30yearsinreston

    How much did developers contribute ?
    Answer : 0

    Have to make up for the’lost’
    Meals tax somehow

  • kiki

    Board of stupidvisors have one solution raise property taxes. Vote these losers out.

    • 30yearsinreston

      Start with recalling Hudgins

  • JoeInReston

    The county has a web page showing assessments are up an average of 2.17 percent – see https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/2018-real-estate-assessments-available/ .

    Permit me the dumb question (along the lines of ‘what color is an orange’). Is it correct to say that the county would collect 2.17 percent more real estate tax revenues this year over last year if the rate were held the same?

    • Greg

      I am no mathlete, but it makes sense to me. However, there’s some long faded algebra memory I have that is telling me there’s some complex math involved to get the percent revenue increase.

    • Greg

      What’s voodoo math, though, is why houses on my side of the street all increased in value by tens of thousands of dollars, while those, one of six models, houses on the other side of the street stayed the same or decreased in value.

      No one remodeled, added on, or made any material changes to the 52 houses here, and no assessors canvassed the neighborhood.

      • JoeInReston

        Sounds like a software mistake where a similar set of houses were not grouped into the same grouping.

  • OneReally

    Typical woman. “We need more money.”

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