Friday, May 10, 2013
But some officials say more funding for job placement, independent living services should come from the state.
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) is working to secure more federal funding for employment services that could help county residents with intellectual disabilities. The idea comes after months of work with TansCen, a consulting firm hired last summer to help the organization with ongoing budget problems. The cost of enrolling residents in the CSB's employment and day services program, which helps high school graduates with intellectual disabilities find career opportunities and become independent, has become too high for the county to sustain long term. CSB officials are working on short-term solutions to reduce county costs, which would take effect in Fiscal Year 2015. But four recommendations offered this week by …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Officials will sit down soon to discuss how to get kids early education — and fast.
With more than 800 children on the waiting list for pre-kindergarten services, Fairfax County’s School Board and Board of Supervisors are committed to formulating a plan to solve the problem, they said Tuesday. Head Start provides early education and pre-kindergarten classes to kids from low income families, better preparing them to enter Fairfax County Public Schools. The program is funded by a mix of federal, state and county sources, but sequestration has the Board of Supervisors on edge and the Fiscal Year 2014 budget doesn’t include any funding for expansion of the program. For this reason, Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) has formally requested the two Boards sit down and find a solution. “High quality early education that …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Fairfax County's pre-kindergarten program will likely go another year without the funding it needs to shorten a wait list with hundreds of kids.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is ready to adopt the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget package, but some officials are unsettled by the lack of funding for the expansion of the Head Start program, which currently has hundreds of students on the waiting list. Through a mix of county, state and federal funding, Head Start provides free pre-kindergarten classes to students from low-income families, giving them the extra attention they need to be on par with their peers when they enter the Fairfax County Public School system. Roughly 1,500 kids are currently enrolled in the program — but more than 800 others are waiting. The program won’t receive any additional funding in this year’s budget because of worries that more funds will be lost in …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Supervisors approve amendment to reduce average tax bill hike Tuesday but leave employee pay and schools funding unchanged.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a series of amendments to the Fiscal Year 2014 budget Tuesday including one that lowers the proposed real estate tax rate increase by a penny, a move that will cost the county $20 million in revenue. Supervisors voted 9-1 to adopt the amendments, noting that in a particularly tough budget year, the package was the best they were going to get. “I wince now when I read through my remarks from last year’s mark-up that we were ‘hopefully beginning to see the dawn of a new day,’” Chairman Sharon Bulova said in a statement. “The Fiscal Year 2014 budget is one that makes no one happy. It is, however, a responsible fiscal plan that reflects our current difficult situation.” The budget plan will …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Employee pay an issue as the Board of Supervisors drafts amendments to the FY2014 budget.
Fairfax County residents may not pay quite much in taxes as they thought they might. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors have begun adjusting the Fiscal Year 2014 budget package by lowering the proposed increased tax rate by a penny. But supervisors still didn't back increases in funding to public schools and employee compensation. During a meeting of the Board of Supervisors Budget Committee on Friday, Chairman Sharon Bulova presented a list of amendments to spending plan. The Board will vote on a proposed real estate tax rate of $1.085 per $100 of assessed value — a penny lower than the $1.095 rate proposed by County Executive Ed Long in his original plan. The adjustment is expected to cut the county revenue by about $20 million. …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Sequestration's impacts on the Fairfax County FY2014 budget plan become a bit clearer at Dranesville District meeting in Herndon.
Parks, libraries, police positions and sequestration were among topics discussed at a Fairfax County Budget meeting in Herndon on Wednesday night. Residents gathered in the Herndon Town Council chambers for a presentation on the county’s proposed $7 billion budget package for Fiscal Year 2014. As currently advertised, County Executive Ed Long’s budget would raise the real estate tax rate from $1.075 per $100 of assessed value to $1.095, as well as cut funding from parks, libraries and other county services. Like most of this season’s budget meetings, Wednesday’s began with talk of sequestration and its impact on the county. “We think there will be direct county program impact,” said Chief Financial Officer Susan Datta. “There will probably…
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust sent the following to his constituents for comment on the Fairfax County FY2014 Budget.
Saturday, March 30
Dear Dranesville Resident, It is budget season in Fairfax County. On February 26, County Executive Ed Long submitted his FY 2014 Advertised Budget proposal to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Attached you will find a document with a summary description of his proposed FY 2014 Advertised Budget Plan, along with a calendar of budget-related events and a summary of the Plan (see the media box at the right and click on the pdf). For details about the FY 2014 Advertised Budget, visit the County website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dmb. The Board of Supervisors is currently conducting an extensive review of the proposed budget plan leading up to the Budget Adoption on April 30. This is the fifth year I have convened the Dranesville …
Community Services Board wants to know which services are most needed, wanted.
The Community Services Board wants to know which CSB services you think are most needed for you, your family and your community. The county is inviting the public to participate in a brief, online survey that is available until Sunday, March 31. The information participants provide will be compiled and considered by the CSB Board members as they make decisions that will guide the future direction of the CSB, according to the county. Fairfax County is in the midst of its next fiscal year budget process, and a series of public hearings on the budget will start in April. Stick with Patch for public hearing information and more on the CSB budget in the coming weeks.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Fairfax County Executive Ed Long says he hopes to avoid eliminating county programs but is concerned about a possible recession.
Fairfax County Executive Ed Long is advising Northern Virginians to save their money for potentially dark days, because, he says, the effects of sequestration on Northern Virginia are not yet known. "Prepare for the worst, hope for the best - whether you're a business, a government or an individual," said Long to Patch from his office in the Fairfax County Government Center. "Two-thirds of GDP is consumer spending, but I think that's the prudent thing for folks to do… You don't know what's going to happen, and I think that in these times of uncertainty the more you can set aside and save, it's better off for you to do that." Congress triggered the sequester after failing to meet the March 1 deadline to compromise on $1.2 trillion in debt …
Do you think you can balance the Fairfax County budget better than our elected officials? A new tool lets residents design their own budget package.
Residents who think they can balance a budget better than their elected officials will get the chance to prove it with a new tool introduced by a Fairfax County supervisor Tuesday. Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock) is launching a program over the next two weeks that allows residents to build their own Fiscal Year 2014 budget plan based on the current package proposed by County Executive Ed Long. Long has proposed a $7 billion budget that raises the real estate tax rate and eliminates about 90 county jobs. Long has also released a list of reductions to agencies, as well as a list of reductions considered but not taken. Using those lists, the tool asks residents to identify spending increases or reductions they would make in nine different…