February Board Meeting Recap – Official Arlington County Virginia Government Website

Posted on February 16, 2022

County Council receives proposed budget for fiscal year 2023

Arlington County Council heard from County Executive Mark Schwartz at its regular meeting on Saturday, February 12, 2022, regarding its proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The entire proposed budget can be viewed on the county’s webpage.

The county manager proposed a balanced budget within existing tax rates; however, he pointed out that some incomes are still recovering and not returning to pre-pandemic levels. The manager’s proposed budget includes several fee adjustments, which he asks the board to consider at tax and fee hearings scheduled for the end of March. The taxes and fees advertised will be the highest that the Board can consider adopting.

The proposal highlighted four key elements:

  • Support our workforce: The proposed budget provides additional salaries and employee benefits to address the challenges of recruitment, retention, inflation and declining salary adjustments over the past two years during the pandemic.
  • Climate change and our environment: More than $4.4 million in funding in the fight against climate change. Operating and capital budgets include several investments in electric vehicles, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, solar power and energy efficiency, and $1.0 million in a new Arlington Equity Fund CEP to advance the community energy plan.
  • Lodging: Through a variety of housing programs, additional investments are being made in the proposed budget for fiscal year 2023. The proposed budget includes $16.9 million for the County Affordable Housing Investment Fund, 14, $3 million in housing subsidies in addition to nearly $23 million provided by the federal government in housing vouchers and increased support for permanent supportive housing and eviction prevention.
  • Schools: Arlington Public Schools will receive an additional $46 million in fiscal year 2023 for a total county revenue transfer of $576 million.

The proposed budget does not recommend any changes to the real estate, personal property, business, professional and professional licensing (BPOL), or business improvement district (BID) tax rates for the fiscal year.

The draft budget recommends a reduction in household solid waste charges and the elimination of in-transit transfer fees. There are recommendations for certain adjustments, including waste/sewer rates and user fees at the Lee Arts Center. A public hearing for the draft budget will take place on March 29, while the hearing for taxes and fees will take place on March 31.

County Council Meeting Recap

Several actions took place during the regular meeting of the Arlington County Council on Saturday, February 12, 2022, including:

  • Council approved the Pentagon City Sector Plan, a long-term vision document that balances investment certainty in livability and sustainability with flexibility for landowners in growing the neighborhood’s future. The sector plan aims to diversify housing options, prioritize multimodal transportation and embrace biophilic design. For more information, read the Council’s press release.
  • Funding has been approved for Neighborhood Conservation (NC) program projects. The program helps improve and enhance Arlington neighborhoods by enabling residents to identify and plan improvements in their own neighborhoods.

On Tuesday, February 15, 2022, the county council held its recess meeting. Several measures have been taken, including the authorization to announce public hearings that will allow the community to share their comments on the proposed adjustments to taxes and fees during the next fiscal year. Further information is available on the Council’s webpage.

Council meetings can be viewed in their entirety on the county’s website and on YouTube. On Thursday, February 17, 2022, Council Chairman Cristol and Council Member Karantonis will record the Council’s new wrap-up podcast, where they will discuss the Pentagon City Sector Plan in more detail. Connect to the podcast on Anchor or Spotify.

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