|County Executive Bryan Hill (right) presents the 2019 advertised budget to the Board of Supervisors. On the left is FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand.|
That would raise the current rate of $1.13 per $100 of assessed value to $1.155. That would result in an average tax bill increase of $268 for homeowners.
In related news, the county announced Feb. 20 that real estate assessments for 2018 are up an average of 2.17 for homeowners.
The advertised general fund budget for Fairfax County calls for $4.29 billion, an increase of $192.3 million (nearly 4.7 percent) for FY 2019. When other appropriated funds, such as federal and state grants are included, the total proposed budget is $8.42 billion.
Hill recommends transferring $2.26 billion to Fairfax County Public Schools. That’s a 4.38 percent increase over the transfer amount in the 2018 budget. The school board had requested the additional funds to support its top priority: increasing teacher salaries and benefits.
FCPS receives almost 72 percent of its funding from the county government. Transfers to the school system account for 52.8 percent of the county’s general fund budget.
The advertised county budget would fully fund employee compensation for both uniformed public safety and general county employees.
It would include increased funding for the new South County Police Station, gang prevention, the Diversion First program (which provides mental health treatment rather than incarceration), the Opioid Task Force, expansion of early childhood education, expansion of school-age childcare, and services for older adults.
The BoS is scheduled to adopt a final budget for 2019 on May 1. Public hearings will be April 10-12.