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This Week: County Meetings on 2014, 2015 Budgets

Officials seek input in Fairfax, Reston on how to address projected yearly shortfalls of $100 million.

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.

The two meetings closest to the Vienna area are scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Fairfax County Government Center, and 9 to 11 a.m. at the Reston Community Center.

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 FY 2010 to FY 2013, and in the last four years, 525 positions have been cut.

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

There are also three public information meetings scheduled for this week. All meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

  • Wednesday: South County Government Center, Conference Room 221, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria.
  • Friday,: Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 9/10, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.
  • Saturday: 9 to 11 a.m. at Reston Community Center, Lake Anne Plaza Large Meeting Room, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston.
Ron November 14, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Typical Fairfax County mantra and code words - we need to increase your taxes again and again and again! The rate of inflation according to official Government propaganda is increasing at less than 3 %. The County revenue is projected to increase about the same – less than 3 %. Yet, the County says expenditures have to increase 5 %. No, it does not. The County should start doing something novel - live within your means. The average social security recipient will receive a 1.7 % increase or $21 a month. After the increase in Medicare costs, that $21 will probably be cut by 1/4 to 1/2. Try to make do with that! Fairfax County has been increasing taxes at about twice the rate of inflation for many many years, going back to the sending spree by Gerry Connolly, but the dumb Fairfax County voters either never show up at the polls to object with their vote or don't pay attention to the robbery from their pocketbooks. This announcement sounds like another round of tax increases that they are warning will come next year. Never mind if it adversely affects the pocketbooks of taxpayers. The mantra is the same. They should be talking about balancing budgets without tax increases and they should stop the spiraling costs of running the County Government. Has anyone ever seen that Taj Mahal office building and the people who work there? Take a visit one day – you will be amazed!

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