Falls Church may not be scheduled to adopt a budget for fiscal year 2014, but City Council approved the guidance the city manager will use to develop the budget on Monday.
City Council's move allows the city manager to get started on laying out the budget. The resolution adopted by council includes staff’s forecast of a 3.2 percent revenue increase and provides that any increases in revenues for expenses be generated solely by economic growth.
“Even in continued tight financial times, the City Council is committed to providing valuable core services that promote public safety and high quality of life,” Mayor Nader Baroukh said in a written statement. “The adopted resolution provides guidance to the city manager for development of the budget. This creates a framework for productive discussion by the community.”
The guidance covers direction and focus on infrastructure maintenance and improvements. It also covers capital improvement plans for meeting the city’s critical needs. The budget guidance provides a level of employee compensation that is competitive within the regional labor market and sustainable over the long-term.
City Manager Wyatt Shields will present his proposed FY 2014 budget to City Council on March 11 before a vote on April 22.
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