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FY 2022 Fairfax County and School Budgets

  • The Federation forwarded a resolution conveying the Federation's Analysis of the Fairfax County Advertised FY 21 Budget
  • On 25 March 2021 Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations forwarded to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Fairfax County School Board members its analysis of the Fairfax County Fiscal Year 2022 Advertised Budget.
    • In accordance with the prevailing pandemic restrictions on meetings, the Federation Board and Membership met virtually on 26 March 2020 to collaborate our comments on the Advertised Budget.
    • Since our bylaws have no provision for a virtual or electronic vote, we respectfully submitted the attached resolutions under letter format for their consideration and action in this budget year FY2021 and in future budget years.
    • Queries on any item may be directed to the Federation Co-chairs identified in the attachment.
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    • Draft FY 22 Budget Resolution for approval by our Members
      Resolution FY 2022 County Budget Draft Board Approved 20210320
      • In early March 2021 all committee chairs were asked to review respective sections of the proposed Fairfax County FY 2022 budget and to provide written assessment or opinion back to Budget Committee Chairs.
      • At its 18 March meeting the Federation Board considered the budget committe's draft resolution.
      • The board provided the budget committee updates to the draft resolution for incorporation in to a board-approved draft to be considered by the Federation membership at its 25 March meeting.
    • FY2022 Advertised Budget Presentations
      • The County Executive and the Public Schools teams have produced their proposed operating budgets for the upcoming year. These are released in February, undergo public presentations and comment, are up-dated, and then presented to the Board of Supervisors in April for approval. As they're being released this week, February's membership meeting presentation gives Federation members the earliest opportunity to understand and comment on the respective budgets for 2022.
      • Presenters:
        • Leigh Burden, Assistant Superintendent, Department of Financial Services, Fairfax County Public Schools
        • Christina Jackson, Director of the Department of Management and Budget, Fairfax County
      • County Budget:
  • Previous Years
    • FY 2021 Fairfax County and School Budgets

      Updated FY 21 Budget letter sent to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and School Board

    • On 23 April the Federation board met to consider the Budget committee's draft Updated FY 21 Budget letter which was approved with modifications. In general, the letter indicated that:
      • Much has changed between County Executive Bryan Hill's proposed 2021 County budget of February 25, 2020, and his updated proposed budget of April 7, 2020.
      • Consequently, the Federation has updated its initial March 28, 2020, assessment of the proposed budget with this expanded letter. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic impact on our economy, we agree with the necessity of drastically reducing revenue projections for income and spending. We recommend the two Boards continue to review their respective budgets each quarter. As the impact of Coronavirus decreases, we encourage the Boards to appropriately increase funding for LOBs that received pandemic-forced budget cuts.
      • The Boards should frequently reconsider the priorities of the following:
        • The health of Fairfax citizens and employees and the prevention of deaths from COVID19.
        • Continuity of operations for County government and FCPS.
        • Softening the economic impact on the most vulnerable populations of the county.
      Based on the board approval the following letter on the updated FY21 Fairfax County Budget was sent to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and School Board

      Draft Updated FY 21 Budget letter for approval by the board

    • On 8 April the Budget committee solicited committee chairs to review the drastic changes (cuts) as presented to BOS yesterday by Bryan Hill due to the virus pandemic affecting the County's revenue streams. The committee's need to evaluate whether this will you change its inputs for the Federation's letter address the FY2021 County Budget.
    • Based on the committee inputs the following draft letter on the updated FY21 Fairfax County Budget was formulated
    • Revised budget issued by County Exec on 7 April 2020

    • On 7 April 2020, the County Executive released his amended proposal for the FY2021 budget. When the Board started the budget, it wasn't in the middle of the pandemic that has now heavily impacted daily lives. The economic challenges being facing pale in comparison to the health risks and loss of life some of our community is facing. Everyone in the region will be making hard decisions in the weeks and months ahead, Few places in this country have the resources, dedicated public employees, resolve and resiliency that Fairfax County has, and for that they are blessed.
    • Below, you can see a breakdown of the proposal. Chairman McKay also wants to note here that residents will be able to comment on the budget during public hearings that have been deferred to April 28-30. They have made this decision in order to protect the health of staff and the public. They are also recommending that testify be made remotely via submitted videos, written testimony, or phone calls. Learn more here.
    • Amended Proposed FY2021 Budget, view the budget proposal:
      • The County Executive no longer recommends an increase in the Real Estate Rate, keeping it at $1.15 per $100 of assessed value.
      • It also no longer includes a 4% Admissions Tax on items such as movie, theater, and concert tickets.
      • Funding to schools
        • Fairfax County Public Schools still represent a priority for the Board.
        • It maintains equal growth for the County and Schools, but with drastic growth reductions from 3.65% to 0.32% over the FY 2020 Adopted Budget Plan.
        • FCPS will still receive an increase in the transfer, but it will be reduced from $85.52 million to $7.31 million for the Operating Fund.
      • There is little funding to expand services, but existing programs will be preserved.
      • All of the proposed new positions have been eliminated except positions related to public health both in our community and schools, and one in the Office of Elections.
      • It eliminates increases in employee compensation, but preserves current salaries and positions.
      • $9.84 million dollars will be set aside to assist with efforts to combat the health and economic impacts of COVID-19.
      • Some other areas that will receive an increase in funding:
        • $0.58 million to the Community Funding Pool, which provides funding to community organizations to meet human services needs.
        • $1.77 million to support the workload for the County's Police Body-Worn Camera program.
        • $0.58 million to support the information technology requirements of the Office of Elections and needs for the 2020 Presidential election.
      • Fairfax County priorities remain the same, we just have to think differently on how to move forward. For example: The Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan is continuing with the public engagement process and creating goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strategies community members can take to mitigate climate change at the local level.
      • The County still has a pipeline of over 1,300 affordable housing units. The Housing Department is looking for creative ways to stretch the resources available with efficient investments and changes to land use policy.
      • Again, they encourage residents to testify on this budget remotely via submitted videos, written testimony, or phone calls. The public hearings will take place from April 28-30.

      Letter conveying the Federation's Analysis of the Fairfax County Advertised FY 21 Budget

    • On 28 March 2020 Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations forwarded to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Fairfax County School Board members its analysis of the Fairfax County Fiscal Year 2021 Advertised Budget.
      • In accordance with the prevailing pandemic restrictions on meetings, the Federation Board and Membership met virtually on 26 March 2020 to collaborate our comments on the Advertised Budget.
      • Since our bylaws have no provision for a virtual or electronic vote, we respectfully submitted the attached resolutions under letter format for their consideration and action in this budget year FY2021 and in future budget years.
      • Queries on any item may be directed to the Federation Co-chairs identified in the attachment.
      • Draft FY 21 Budget Resolution for approval by our Members

      • On 5 March all committee chairs were asked to review respective sections of the proposed Fairfax County FY 2021 budget and to provide some written assessment or opinion back to Budget Committee Chairs.
      • Proposed inputs were submitted separately by:
      • At the 19 March Federation Board meeting a draft resolution was considered by the board.
      • The board provided the budget committee updates to the draft resolution for incorporation in to a board-approved draft to be considered by the Federation membership at its 26 March meeting

        February 2020 Budget Presentation to our Members

        Presentation on Fairfax County & FCPS 2021 Budget
        Speakers:
        • Alice Wigington, Budget Director, FCPS
        • Christina C. Jackson, Director of the Department of Management and Budget, FC

        Fairfax County FY21 Budget Analysis by Federation Budget Co-Chair David Edelman

        Federation President Bill Barfield and I attended the budget presentation today. Here is some information.
        • The presentation PowerPoint is available here.
        • County Executive Bryan Hill presented the FY 2021 Budget proposal and a short summary of the Countywide Strategic Plan to the Board of Supervisors.
          • Some key points:
            • The proposed FY2021 budget fully funds the county's compensation program, including a 2.06% market rate adjustment for all employees; performance and longevity increases averaging 2% for merit non-uniformed employees; and merit and longevity increases averaging 2.25% for merit uniformed public safety employees.
            • The plan includes an $85.52 million operating increase for Fairfax County Public Schools. This is $4.18 million short of the school's request. I think the two numbers are so close, because of the good working relationship between Mr. Hill and Superintendent Brabrand.
            • The budget proposes a 4% Admissions Tax that would include items like movie, theater and concert tickets. The tax would become effective October 2020 if approved by the Board.
            • A three-cent tax rate increase is also proposed. The new rate would be $1.18 per $100 of assessed value. Two cents would be used to fund priorities in the General Fund and the third cent would be earmarked for affordable housing. Many Supervisors complimented the County Executive for funding affordable housing, but also raised concerns about raising taxes on home owners.
            • The Budget Process Timeline provides more details. Some key dates:
              • BOS Public hearings April 14-16
              • BOS markup on April 28,
              • Final vote to adopt the FY 2021 Budget is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5.
              You can see the Fairfax County Strategic Plan at this weblink.

        Invest in Fairfax

        Dear Federation Member:

        The Federation participates in the Invest In Fairfax coalition who will announce their response to the to-be released proposed Fairfax County Budget shortly after noon on Tuesday, 25 February.

        A full-text press release will follow the announcement and will include the written statement from Federation President Bill Barfield.

        Invest in Fairfax
        Media Advisory for Tuesday, February 25, 2020
        Contact: David Broder, 571-432-0209, David.Broder @ seiuva.org.

        Tuesday: Local parents, veterans and county employees respond to County Executive's FY 2021 budget proposal

        • Local families, veterans, and county employees will call for a budget which invests in quality public services for the community.
        • Grassroots coalition calls on the Board of Supervisors to set a tax rate which will fund the services that local families rely on.
        • Coalition appeals to Board of Supervisors to meet with the public and work to pass a budget which reflects our community's values.
        Fairfax, VA — Immediately following Fairfax County Executive Bryan Hill's FY 2021 budget proposal to the Board of Supervisors, a grassroots coalition of community members, local families, county employees, teachers and first responders will call on the Board of Supervisors to work with the public to pass a budget which "invests in Fairfax."

        Families and businesses move to Fairfax County, and stay here, because of our excellent public services, including our public schools, parks, libraries and more.

        Voters went to the polls last November and overwhelmingly voted for candidates who supported deep investments in our community's education system, health care services, affordable housing, transportation infrastructure, environment, and more. Coalition members will be on hand Tuesday to offer initial reactions to how the draft budget lives up to voters' expectations, and to offer a vision for Fairfax County as a truly excellent place to live, work, and play.

        • WHO: "Invest in Fairfax" Coalition, including community members, local families, home owners associations, county employees, teachers and public safety.
        • WHAT: Press Conference to call on the Board to pass a budget which invests in our community.
        • WHEN: Immediately following the county executive's budget press conference, approx. 12 pm.
        • WHERE: Fairfax County Government Center, Forum, 12000 Govt Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA
        Budget Process Background: The county executive's budget proposal on February 25 is one of many steps in finalizing the county budget. Though the County Executive writes the first draft of the budget, the Board of Supervisors is ultimately responsible for changing and finalizing the county budget. On March 10, the Board of Supervisors will authorize the proposed real estate tax rate for FY 2021. Throughout March, the Board will hold budget committee meetings and town halls. The Board will hold public budget hearings April 14-16. On April 24, the budget committee will hold a pre-mark up meeting, and the Board will "mark up" or make changes to the proposed budget on Aril 28, before adopting the budget on May 5. The School Board will adopt their budget on May 21.The FY 2021 budget begins July 1, 2020.

        Cheers,
        . . . bill
        William S. Barfield
        President
        Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations
        FedPres2020@fairfaxfederation.org
        www.fairfaxfederation.org

        FY 2021 Fairfax County and School Budgets

        Federation members,

      • Approved FY 2020 Budget Resolutions (28 March 2019)
        • The Federation continues to support revenue diversification in order to fund schools and county services. Diversification could not only slow increases in property tax rates (while still supporting strong community investment), but also promises to improve our fiscal position by making the county's financial health less dependent on a single economic sector.
        • Federation members recognize that our lifestyle comes at a cost, but continue to insist that the following critical needs are addressed by the budget and the Board of Supervisors in FY2020 and successive years:
          1. Continued excellence of FCPS, which serve as a magnet for growth and provide the underpinning of the county's economic health;
          2. the principles of the One Fairfax policy, which we hope are incorporated into ongoing Strategic Planning for the county so that our appropriations continue to properly reflect our values;
          3. safe and secure communities with a reasonable safety net for residents and families with mental, physical, or substance abuse issues, or are homeless, or are living in poverty;
          4. adequately maintained and staffed parks, recreational facilities, and libraries;
          5. responsive, transparent and proactive governance, financial planning and oversight, including maintenance of the county's AAA bond rating;
          6. healthy environmental quality, and strong waste and pest management programs.
        William Barfield
        President

        Board-approved draft of the FY2020 Budget Resolution

          Every year the Federation reviews and opinionates on the Fairfax County Fiscal Year 2020 Advertised Budget. This big document lays out where Fairfax money comes from and how it is proposed to be spent next year.

          For our review, Federation committees do the research and writing and the Budget Committee consolidates it all into a coherent Resolution. Your Board members reviewed and approved the draft of the Resolution at the Federation Board meeting held on Thursday, 21 March 2019.

          It is now your turn as Federation members to share it with your community members and to ask for their input, suggestions, and research.

          This is your opportunity to contribute to our annual Budget Resolution. The final approved resolution is sent to the Board of Supervisors to inform them of what we community members consider important regarding fiscal issues.

          We will discuss and vote on your contributions then vote on final passage of our Resolution on the Fairfax County FY2020 Advertised Budget.

          Contribute, and vote at the membership meeting next Thursday, 28 March, 7:30 PM, Fairfax County Government Center, conference room 7.

          See you at this open-to-the-public meeting,

        . . . bill
        William Barfield
        President

      • From the Budget Committee Chairs for Board consideration:

        Budget Committee proposed draft of the FY2020 Budget Resolution

        • Attached please find the Federation's Budget Resolution for the County's FY 2020 Budget
        • Please review it & be prepared to vote on it at the March Board Meeting
        • If you have any questions for the Budget Committees, Please send them to us so we can do research for you if we need to in order to get the correct answers
        • We'd like to thank Education, Environment & Public Safety Committees who supplied information for inclusion in this year's resolution
        • We hope that next year, more Committees will also send info for the resolution so Membership fully understands the County's Budget & how it affects them
      • Public Safety Committee Insight:
        • As a Courtesy wanted to share some Public Safety Committee Insight on the duplicate Whereas clauses and differences noted in the above Draft Federation FY2020 Budget Resolution
        • This is based on two versions of the Public Safety FY2020 Budget provided to the Budget Committee. After the first version was submitted on 14 March the Public Safety Committee had further discussions about it, and submitted a second version on 17 March to the Budget Committee please see the First and Second Versions listed below. Per the attached email the Public Safety Committee provided their Rationale to the Budget Committee for the second version of the Public Safety Committee Budget Resolution. To make this easier to understand, the Public Safety Committee has highlighted the Budget Committee documentPublic Safety Committee has highlighted the Budget Committee document to show the first version of the Public Safety Budget Resolution Whereas Clauses in Blue and the second version of the Public Safety Whereas Clauses of the Public Safety Budget Resolution in Red.
        • The Public Safety Committee Supports the Second Version of the Budget Resolution Submitted to the Budget Committee.

        • Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Association Public Safety Committee, FY2020 Budget Resolution
          • First Version submitted 14 March
            II. FINDINGS
              C. Public Safety
              WHEREAS, the FY2020 Advertised Budget includes $7.67M for Public Safety, which funds 35 positions; and
              WHEREAS, these funds support Staffing for the South County Police Station; the Diversion First Initiative; the Opioid Task Force; the Gang Prevention Initiative; Funding for Police Relief Sergeants; Increase in E-911 Call Capacity; Replacement of Urban Areas Security Initiative Grant Funding; and Animal Services positions
              WHEREAS, the FY2020 Advertised Budget includes $2.68M for Employee Compensation Adjustments to the pay scale of uniformed Fire and Rescue employees based on the recent Consultant Study
            III. REQUESTED ACTIONS
              NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED based on all the foregoing that the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations urges the Board of Supervisors to take the following actions in adopting the FY 2020 Fairfax County Budget:
              C. Public Safety
              (4) the Board of Supervisors should adopt the increased Public Safety staffing and Employee Compensation Adjustments to the pay scale for uniformed Fire and Rescue employee funding projections in the county's FY 2020 Advertised Budget; and
            Second Version submitted 17 March
            II. FINDINGS
              C. Public Safety
              WHEREAS, the FY2020 Advertised Budget includes an increase of $8.86M for Public Safety which funds 35 positions; and
              WHEREAS, these funds support Staffing for the South County Police Station; the Diversion First Initiative; the Opioid Task Force; the Gang Prevention Initiative; Funding for Police Relief Sergeants; Increase in E-911 Call Capacity; Replacement of Urban Areas Security Initiative Grant Funding; and Animal Services positions; and
              WHEREAS, the FY2020 Advertised Budget includes an increase of $2.68M for Employee Compensation to the pay scale of uniformed Fire and Rescue employees based on the recent Consultant Study; and
            III. REQUESTED ACTIONS
              NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED based on all the foregoing that the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations urges the Board of Supervisors to take the following actions in adopting the FY 2020 Fairfax County Budget for Public Safety:
              C. Public Safety
              (4) the Board of Supervisors should adopt Staffing for the South County Police Station; the Diversion First Initiative; the Opioid Task Force; the Gang Prevention Initiative; Funding for Police Relief Sergeants; Increase in E-911 Call Capacity; Replacement of Urban Areas Security Initiative Grant Funding; and Animal Services positions; and
              (5) the Board of Supervisors should adopt Employee Compensation to the pay scale for uniformed Fire and Rescue employee funding projections in the county's FY 2020 Advertised Budget; and

          FY 2019 Fairfax County and School Budgets

        • Approved FY 2019 Budget Resolutions (5 April 2018)
          • As homeowners, our members are acutely aware that almost 75% of the Fairfax County FY2020 Budget is dependent on residential real estate and personal property taxes, primarily borne by homeowners.
          • The Federation is also aware that changing demographics in the county-combined with failures by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Federal Government to provide adequate funding of their various mandates and responsibilities-have multiplied costs and shifted the burden of maintaining our quality of life, infrastructure, and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) to the county, and disproportionately to homeowners. This abdication of responsibility needs to be strongly addressed by all stakeholders in the county.
          • The Federation continues to support revenue diversification in order to fund schools and county services. Diversification could not only slow increases in property tax rates (while still supporting strong community investment), but also promises to improve our fiscal position by making the county's financial health less dependent on a single economic sector.
          • Federation members recognize that our lifestyle comes at a cost, but continue to insist that the following critical needs are addressed by the budget and the Board of Supervisors in FY2020 and successive years:
            1. Continued excellence of FCPS, which serve as a magnet for growth and provide the underpinning of the county's economic health;
            2. The principles of the One Fairfax policy, which we hope are incorporated into ongoing Strategic Planning for the county so that our appropriations continue to properly reflect our values;
            3. Safe and secure communities with a reasonable safety net for residents and families with mental, physical, or substance abuse issues, or are homeless, or are living in poverty;
            4. Adequately maintained and staffed parks, recreational facilities, and libraries;
            5. Responsive, transparent and proactive governance, financial planning and oversight, including maintenance of the county's AAA bond rating;
            6. Healthy environmental quality, and strong waste and pest management programs
          • Our Budget Committee consolidated the input of other Federation committees to produce a Federation budget resolution. This resolution was approved by the Federation's board on 15 March 2018 to be presented for membership consideration.
          • On 5 April 2018, the representatives of Federation member associations will decide whether to accept or reject the board's proposals. The resolutions approved at this meeting will be passed to the Board of Supervisors in writing and in public testimony April 10-12 as official Fairfax Federation positions.
          • This working copy of the Board-approved FY 2019 budget resolution for consideration for by the Federation membership is line-numbered to make discussion of proposed modifications easier to follow.
          • In addition the Environment Committee submitted an addendum to be for considered for inclusion into the final resolution.
          • Prior to the board's consideration of the various budget resolutions, we invited the county and school staff and administrators to address our membership at our 22 February 2018 Membership Meeting on the Fairfax County and FCPS Budgets
          • Presenters:

              Bryan Hill
              Bryan Hill, County Executive, Fairfax County

              Joseph Mondoro
              Joseph Mondoro, Chief Financial Officer, Director, Department of Management and Budget, Fairfax County Government

              Representative of the Department of Financial Services, Fairfax County Public Schools

        • FY 2018 Fairfax County and School Budgets
          • Approved FY 2018 Budget Resolutions (17 March 2017)

            Budget Committee Draft Federation FY 2018 Budget Resolution 13 March 2017

            Resolution Supporting Meaningful Citizen Participation in the FY2018 Budget Process February 2017

            Resolution urging a YES vote on the Nov 2016 meals tax referendum. October 2016

        • FY 2017 Fairfax County and School Budgets
        • FY 2016 Budget Resolution
        • FY 2015 Budget Resolution
        • FY 2014 Budget Resolution
        • FY 2013 Budget Resolution
        • FY 2012 Budget Resolution
        • FY 2011 Budget Resolution
        • FY 2010 Budget Resolution
        • FY 2009 Budget Resolution
        • FY 2008 Budget Resolution
        • FY 2007 Budget Resolution
        • FY 2006 Budget Resolution
        • FY 2005 Budget Resolution


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