Feedback for FY 2019 Budget

Feedback for FY 2019 Budget

Through Nov. 22, 2017, we’re looking for feedback as we plan for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget. Your suggestions and comments will help the County Manager shape his budget proposal, which goes to the Board in February 2018. (Questions we'd like to hear from you about:
  • To what extent do you believe Arlington residents and businesses would be willing to pay more for services or programs through taxes or fees? Can you share specific types of services or programs where you think there would be broad support for an increased fee/tax to support the costs?
  • What, if any, services or programs, could be reduced, if necessary? What types of impacts could these types of reductions potentially have for different stakeholders in the County?
  • Do you have any additional suggestions for the County Manager as he develops the FY19 budget proposal?
Take a moment to learn more about the budget by viewing a visual two-page Budget Infographic. Then use the "Submit Idea" button on this page to share your thoughts on these specific questions. And you can also comments on what others have submitted. Learn more about the County's budget by visiting budget.arlingtonva.us.
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Close-out Funds

Every year there are millions of dollars in surplus funds left over at the end of the fiscal year. I attended a budget round table to ask why these funds are never used to close the inevitable budget gap for the next fiscal year, instead of raising real estate taxes to cover the budget gap. Last year there were $17 million in surplus funds that were spent, and our taxes were increased to cover an $11 million budget... more »

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Fiscal Problems Have Roots in Poor Planning and Decision-Making

Our slide into fiscal problems has been in the works for some time. Back on Oct. 25, 2013, then-County Manager Barbara Donnellan told the County and School Boards that she had "no more rabbits" that she could pull out of her budgetary hat. As a community, we must transition from being world-class spenders to finding more efficient and effective ways to stretch our communal dollars. In that regard, I have recommended a... more »

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Affordable Housing

I would like it if Arlington stopped forcing all of the affordable housing on Buckingham and South Arlington via "affordable housing funds". I live off of Pershing Drive and am concerned that the country is allowing affordable housing money to go towards funding a Committed Affordable Housing Neighborhood which continues to perpetuate the NIMBLY (Not in My Back Yard) atmosphere of community responsibility for affordable... more »

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