Wednesday, April 10, 2013
School board asks Fairfax County supervisors for more money Tuesday to deal with growing pains and teacher pay.
Fairfax County Executive Ed Long has recommended giving the county's school system a 2 percent increase in funding over the transfer it received last year. But at Tuesday night’s public hearing on the county’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget plan, schools officials and advocates said it still wasn't enough. Fairfax County School Board Chairman Ilryong Moon kicked off the first day of public input on County Executive Ed Long’s proposed $7 billion budget plan, asking the Board of Supervisors for a higher transfer to the school system. Long’s budget, which raises real estate taxes and cuts funds to parks, libraries and some other services, provides the school system with $1.72 billion – approximately $62 million less than the school board was hoping …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Superintendent Jack Dale, some school board members say lower-than-expected increase in transfer from the county won't meet classroom needs.
Fairfax County schools officials said Tuesday they were surprised at County Executive Ed Long's lower-than-expected proposed increase in transfer to the school system, which will leave school board $62 million short on their own Fiscal Year 2014 budget. Just more than half of the county's revenues go toward Fairfax County Public Schools each year; nearly three quarters of the school system's annual budget relies on a transfer from the county. Long's proposed $7 billion budget includes an increase of 2 percent in transfer to Fairfax County Public Schools, or $33.7 million. Schools officials requested $95 million, a 5.7 percent increase in transfer, for a total of $1.78 billion in FY 2014, largely to fund what is expected to be an …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
With third straight year of zero funding for program, cyclists say some transportation improvements are threatened; county to look toward Arlington for model
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors formally adopted a $6.7 billion budget Tuesday morning, a spending plan which put aside more money for human services, schools and employee pay but, for the third consecutive year, not bicycle programs. Although the county funds a full-time bicycle coordinator in its transportation department, the bicycle program has gone without funding since fiscal year 2011, according to Fairfax County staff reports provided to supervisors this year. The county's formal bike program was launched in 2006 as the Comprehensive Bicycle Initiative. Early projects included developing the county's first bike route map, retrofitting connector buses, and adding bike racks to county park and ride lots. The program received…
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The FY 2013 budget passed in an 8-2 vote.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted Tuesday a fiscal year 2013 budget that raises taxes and fees to support funding for human services and other programs. The budget adoption motions were approved in an 8-2 vote. Supervisors Pat Herrity (Springfield-R) and John Cook (Braddock-R) voted against the budget, maintaining their opposition from the markup session on April 24. The budget raises the county real estate tax rate to 1.075 cents per $100 of assessed value, up a half-cent from the current 1.07 level. That half-cent was shifted from former County Executive Anthony Griffin’s proposed one-cent increase in the Stormwater Fee, which increases to 2 cents from 1.5. The shift frees up nearly $10 million that would have gone to a …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Staff recommends $11 million in contracts to non-profits.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to formally adopt the 2013 budget Tuesday morning. The $6.7 billion budget, which the board adjusted during a meeting last week, slightly raises taxes and fees to support higher school funding, employee compensation, human services and more. According to Tuesday meeting’s agenda, the board is also scheduled to vote on the award of contracts to non-profit organizations financed through the county’s Consolidated Community Funding Pool for fiscal years 2013 and 2014. County staff has recommended that more than $11 million in contracts be granted to various organizations, including United Community Ministries, Homestretch Inc., FACETS and nearly 90 others. Eighteen of the recommended …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
A live blog covering the comments and presentations during Thursday's Fairfax County Board of Supervisors public hearings on the FY2013 budget.
Patch has been live blogging the public hearings on the fiscal year 2013 Fairfax County budget this week. Thursday's public hearing starts at 3 p.m. Also see: County Budget: Schools, Housing, Arts Among Public Hearing Topics Live Coverage: Wednesday's Public Hearing Live Coverage: Tuesday's Public Hearing
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Residents and county employees will speak at 3 p.m. in the second day of a public hearings on the 2013 budget.
Almost 50 residents and county employees spoke Tuesday evening at the first of three public hearings about the 2013 budget. (See Tuesday night's live coverage for the play-by-play of comments.) The public hearings continue Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. Join Patch at 3 p.m. as we live blog coverage of Wednesday's hearing.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will be taking public comments on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on the FY 2013 budget.
Tuesday afternoon, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will host two public hearings — one on on the effective tax rate increase and another on the fiscal year 2013 budget. The current property rate tax rate is $1.07 per $100 assessed value, but the county has been advertising an increase of one cent to $1.08. The tax rate hearing is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and the budget hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Two more budget hearings are scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the Board Auditorium in Fairfax County Government Center. Patch will be covering all of this week's budget-related public hearings Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. If you wish to speak at any of this week's hearings, fill out this online form. For more …