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Fairfax County to Hold Meetings on FY2014-15 Budget

Officials seek input on how to address projected yearly shortfalls of $100 million. Public meetings are this week.

Fairfax County officials want public input on possible cuts and funding priorities in the fiscal year 2014 and 2015 budgets.

According to a presentation by county staff, revenues for the next two years are expected to grow minimally – less than 3 percent. But expenditures are projected to be closer to 5 percent.

This leaves the county with a projected shortfall of $100 million per year, said County Executive Ed Long.

“The combination of flat revenue growth due to the slow economic recovery and increasing demand and requirements for services means that the county faces a projected budget shortfall of more than $100 million in both FY 2014 and 2015,” Long said in statement.

In light of these factors, Long has already instructed county agencies to identify potential cuts that would reduce their 2014 General Fund needs by 5 percent.

Now the county is reaching out to the public for suggestions on how to deal with the shortfall.

”We want your ideas on how we can continue to move forward in a way that protects the quality of life we value in our community,” Long said.

According to the presentation, General Fund disbursements have been reduced by $150 million from FY2010 to FY2013, and in the last four years, 525 positions have been cut.

Residents are encouraged to take a brief online survey, which is open through Friday, Nov. 30, 2012.

There are also three public information meetings scheduled for this week.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at South County Government Center, Conference Room 221, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA.
  • Friday, Nov. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 9/10, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA.
  • Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Reston Community Center, Lake Anne Plaza Large Meeting Room, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA.
Shirley Marshall November 13, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Community input is so vital to ensuring that neighbors in need receive the support that will move them on to independence. If you think social services - - homeless prevention services, emergency shelters, housing, job training, support of families with special needs - - are important, please let your Board of Supervisors know that you care. Several outstanding nonprofits serve the South County area. Each requires some level of government support to ensure services remain at maximum effectiveness. Shirley Marshall, UCM
Deborah F Titus January 10, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Hello Fairfax County Government, as one of the proud Fairfax County residents and who is hearing challenged, I would like to comment that the "human need" services and/or service providers are far more important than any other serviced agencies. You can create some ways to reserve or gain higher revenues by reducing office supplies (going rather paperless, increasing online and 508-compliant applications) and maintaining job resource center(s) in order to reduce higher tax spending (for general living sustenance if that is reasonable).

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