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 »
Feedback for FY 2019 Budget
- 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?
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 »
I would love to see the County focus efforts on getting the occupancy rate up in Crystal City and Potomac Yard area near the airport. Vacancy and lack of a variety between 23rd St and Glebe Road off Jefferson Davis Hwy/Crystal Drive/Potomac Ave is disappointing. All of our tax dollars are going to Alexandria in Del Ray and Old town areas which is unfortunate.
I would like the county to focus its development and programming efforts on initiatives that add value for a broad range of existing residents, not just for particular interest groups. In particular, I'd like to see greater spending focused on bringing in new businesses and expanding existing ones to fill our office and commercial vacancies. Further, when new residential developments are approved through the site plan ...more »
I would like to see better dedicated funding for economic development, beautification, green space, and programming along Columbia Pike.
I would like to make sure that there is room in the budget to continue to ensure that APS remains a top quality school district. One of the biggest issues facing APS is lack of classroom space and I would hope that the county will work with the school board to identify places in which to build new schools to accommodate the ever growing population. Given the long term planning by the county for continued growth and ...more »