Budget Archives

Information and budgets for Fiscal Years 2009 through 2014, including Approved Operating Budgets, Capital Improvement Programs, Budget in Brief and Budget Memorandum can be found below. If you would like to access the budget for the current fiscal year, please visit the current budget main page.

FY 2014

FY 2014 Adopted Budget – All In One File

FY 2014 Proposed Budget – All In One File

FY 2014 Proposed Budget Department Narratives, Work Session Information, Closeout and Related Information

Response to ARLNow on Arlington’s Cash Balance (9-3-2013)

Highlights

  • 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 the 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 decreased from $293.92 to $293.76 per household.

Arlington Public Schools

  • FY 2014 transfer to Arlington Public Schools: $415.7 million.
  • Includes $12.3 million in ongoing funds and $3.1 million in one-time FY 2013 tax revenues.
  • The County Board also set aside $6.6 million contingency fund to address community enhancements as part of Schools’ capacity projects and for joint use projects.

FY 2013

FY 2013 Adopted Budget – All In One File

FY 2013 Proposed Budget – All In One File

FY 2013 Work Session Information, Closeout and Related Information

Highlights

  • 1.3 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 1.3 cents, from $0.958 per $100 of assessed value (including the sanitary district tax) to $0.971 per $100 of assessed value for the calendar year 2012.
    • Overall tax and fee burden for average Arlington homeowner will increase 2.4% — or about $13 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 decreased from $326.92 to $293.92 per household.

Arlington Public Schools

  • FY 2013 transfer to Arlington Public Schools: $405.1 million. This includes $6.2 million in one-time FY 2012 tax revenues.

FY 2012

FY 2012 Adopted Budget – All In One File

FY 2012 Proposed Budget – All In One File

FY 2012 Work Session Information, Closeout and Related Information

Highlights

  • The budget includes no real estate tax rate increase and is 5.1% higher than the FY 2011 budget.
  • 95.8 cents per $100 of assessed value (including the sanitary district tax) real estate tax rate for the calendar year 2011.
  • Overall tax and fee burden for the average Arlington homeowner will increase 1.4% — or about $7 a month.
  • Fees for trash and recycling will go down 5% per year, or $18.52 per household, reflecting a decrease in costs for those services.

Arlington Public Schools

  • FY 2012 transfer to Arlington Public Schools was $385.6 million, which is $25.2 million above the FY 2011 transfer, or a 7.0% increase.

FY 2011

FY 2011 Adopted Budget – All In One File

FY 2011 Proposed Budget – All In One File

FY 2011 Work Session Information, Closeout and Related Information

Highlights

  • The Board raised the base real estate tax rate 8.0 cents, to $0.945 per $100 of assessed value for the calendar year 2010.
  • The stormwater tax rate was also increased by 0.3 cents to 1.3 cents per $100 of assessed value, for a blended tax rate of $0.958.
  • The personal property tax rate will remain at $5 per $100 of assessed value.
  • Combined fee increases for water, sewer, trash, recycling and motor vehicle licensing totaled $71 a year.
  • The total impact of tax and fee changes for a household, on average, will be an increase of $346 a year, or $29 per month.
  • The Board voted to continue a Budget Stabilization Fund, setting aside $3.3 million for unexpected expenses or revenue shortfalls.
  • The Board also identified funding to increase the County’s General Fund Operating Reserve from 3.25% to 3.5% as a continued commitment to maintaining the County’s coveted triple-AAA bond rating.

Arlington Public Schools

  • FY 2011 transfer to Arlington Public Schools was $360.3 million, which is a $8.0 million or 2.3% increase.

FY 2010

FY 2010 Adopted Budget – All In One File

FY 2010 Proposed Budget – All In One File

FY 2010 Work Session Information, Closeout and Related Information

Highlights

  • The County Board approved $19.8 million in service cuts, including $12.1 million in administration and overhead reductions and more than $7.7 direct service reductions.
  • The County Board added more than $1 million to increase funding for programs providing shelter and transitional housing, food and emergency assistance.
  • Real estate tax rate is $.865 per $100 of assessed value for the calendar year 2009, plus a $.01 per $100 sanitary district tax for stormwater management initiatives, for a blended rate of $.875, a $.027 increase over CY 2008. The average tax/fee burden on Arlington households is expected to increase $17 over last year. Due to the real estate rate increase, the average household will pay roughly $50 more in real estate tax than last year. Household will also see 6% increases to water/sewer and refuse bills. However, significant anticipated declines in motor vehicle assessments will largely negate these increases.

Arlington Public Schools

  • The FY 2010 transfer to Arlington Public Schools was $352.4 million, up $2.3 million, an increase of 0.65%.

FY2009

FY 2009 Adopted Budget – All In One File

FY 2009 Proposed Budget – All In One File

FY 2009 Work Session Information, Closeout and Related Information

Highlights

  • Immediate hiring freeze.
  • The elimination of discretionary spending.
  • A detailed review of every program and service to determine what is mandated, what is essential to the community and what is discretionary.
  • Adopted a real estate tax rate of $.838 per $100 of assessed value for the calendar year 2008 and a $.01 per $100 sanitary district tax for stormwater management initiatives, for a blended rate of $.848, a $.03 increase from last year.
  • Average Residential Real Estate Tax Bill is $4,501 at $.848 per $100 of assessed value, an average increase of $104 per household or 2.4 percent.

Arlington Public Schools

  • The FY 2009 transfer to Arlington Public Schools was $350.1 million, up $18.8 million, an increase of 5.7%.