Budget

FY 2015 – FY 2024 Capital Improvement Plan Information

The Budget Process

Arlington County’s budget follows an annual cycle, with the fiscal year starting July 1 and ending June 30. The fiscal year budget serves as the annual operating plan and is one of the three major strategic documents in the County regarding planning, in conjunction with the Annual Management Plan and the County Comprehensive Plan.

During the fiscal year, the Department of Management and Finance reviews the current budget at midyear and for the closeout of the fiscal year. As part of developing an annual budget, the Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee (FAAC) provides further review of the County Manager’s proposed budget. The County’s budget process is consistent each year, though specific dates may change.

What’s New?

For the budget planning process for FY 2016, the County Board prepared Budget Guidance for the County Manager (Nov. 18, 2014).

On November 7, 2014 the County and Arlington Public Schools held a joint work session on FY 2016 budget planning.

Check out the latest updates on the County’s Capital Improvement Plan webpage.

The County Board approved the FY 2015 budget on April 22, 2014. Citizens can view the press release for key budget highlights or access the FY 2015 Adopted Budget in its entirety.

The County Manager’s FY 2015 Proposed Budget was presented at the County Board meeting on February 22, 2014.

The County Board conducted worksessions with departments between February and April 2014. Collective County Board worksession information is available in PDF format for all worksessions.

FY 2015 Adopted Budget Highlights

On April 22, 2014, the Arlington County Board adopted a $1.15 billion General Fund Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015.

  • FY 2015 Adopted Budget Webpage
  • 1.0 cent decrease in real estate tax rate
  • Additional funding for affordable housing, numerous safety net priorities, maintenance of County-owned facilities and infrastructure, employee compensation and core services
  • Real estate:
    • Tax rate will decrease by 1.0 cents, from $1.006 per $100 of assessed value (including the sanitary district tax) to $0.996 per $100 of assessed value for calendar year 2014.
    • Overall tax and fee burden for average Arlington homeowner will increase 4.6% — or about $27 a month. (Includes increase in real estate assessments and fee changes)
  • No increases in personal property tax, business tangible property, business and professional licenses, or the commercial transportation tax rates. Household solid waste rate increased 4% from $293.76 to $305.51 to accommodate the year-round collection of yard waste.

Arlington Public Schools

  • FY 2015 transfer to Arlington Public Schools: $440.6 million. This includes an increase in ongoing funds of $19.6 million.
  • In addition to ongoing funding provided to schools, $8.4 million in one-time funds for school construction or other one-time expenses.
  • The FY 2015 budget also funds another school Clinic Aide and three new School Resource Officers.

FY 2014 Adopted Budget Highlights

On April 20, 2013, the Arlington County Board adopted a $1.09 billion General Fund Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014.

  • FY 2014 Adopted Budget Webpage
  • 3.5 cent increase in real estate tax rate
  • Additional funding for affordable housing, maintenance of County-owned facilities and infrastructure, employee compensation and core services
  • Real estate:
    • Tax rate will rise by 3.5 cents, from $0.971 per $100 of assessed value (including the sanitary district tax) to $1.006 per $100 of assessed value for calendar year 2013.
    • Overall tax and fee burden for average Arlington homeowner will increase 4.1% — or about $23 a month. (Includes increase in real estate assessments and fee changes)
  • No increases in personal property tax, business tangible property, business and professional licenses, or the commercial transportation tax rates. Household solid waste rate slightly reduced from $293.92 to $293.76.
  • County Government Summary, All Funds Expense Summary, Expenditure Comparison, General Fund Summary; Expense and Revenue Pie Charts, Impact To The Average Homeowner

Arlington Public Schools

  • FY 2014 transfer to Arlington Public Schools: $415.7 million. This includes an increase in ongoing funds of $12.3 million and fully funds the cost of more than 1,000 new students as part of the real estate tax rate increase.
  • In addition to ongoing funding provided to schools, $3.1 million in one-time funds from 2013 tax revenues will be provided.
  • County Board has also set aside a $6.6 million contingency fund to address community enhancements needed as part of schools’ capacity projects and for joint use projects.

Summary of Adopted Tax Rates (per $100/assessed value)

Current and Last Calendar Years (CY)
TAX CATEGORIES  CY 2013  CY 2014
Real Estate (base rate) $0.993 $0.983
Sanitary District $0.013 $0.013
Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID) $0.078 $0.078
Crystal City BID $0.043 $0.043
Ballston BID $0.045 $0.045
Commercial Transportation District $0.125 $0.125

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