The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is the County’s 10-year plan for building, maintaining, upgrading or replacing County facilities and infrastructure. This includes libraries, parks, community centers, technology systems, water, sewer, stormwater and transportation infrastructure—and more. It is prepared on a biennial basis, with any adopted general obligation bond referenda presented to voters in November of even numbered years*.
*In FY 2021, a one-year CIP was adopted due to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In FY 2022 a multi-year CIP will be presented to the County Board, with the potential for any adopted bond referenda to be presented to voters in November 2021. The County will return to a full ten-year CIP beginning in FY 2023.
CIP Timeline, Resources & Engagement Opportunities
Step 1: County Manager Gathers Input
The County Manager gathers input from his leadership team, County staff, the County Board and the Arlington community. This input help frame and develop the Manager’s Proposed CIP, which he will present to the Board.
Step 2: Proposed CIP Released
The County Manager will propose capital investments to cover each fiscal year in the CIP. The items in the Manager’s proposal will focus on those critical capital investments that are essential for our community.
Step 3: County Board Gathers Feedback
When: June and July
The County Board holds work sessions to learn more about the specifics of the CIP proposals. The Board also holds a public hearing and receives community feedback as it considers the Manager’s CIP proposal.
Step 4: Final Adoption by County Board
Following extensive review and consideration, the County Board adopts the final CIP.
Step 5: Bond Referenda Considered by Voters
VIDEO: Learn the difference between budget and CIP.