Your Tax Dollars at Work
Fairfax County 2017 Budget
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted for a real estate tax rate increase based on community input for increased funding for schools, public safety and human services. The rate is increasing four cents from $1.09 to $1.13, per $100 of the assessed value of your home, with the actual tax increasing further based on the substantial increase in property assessments.
The County claims that homeowners on average will pay an additional $304 in their real estate taxes next year. In Annandale and the inner suburbs, the average increase is expected to be at least twice that estimate. At this rate, our wise and graying population will be forced to move out of Fairfax County. Annual steep tax increases placed on the backs of the property owners has gone too far. Fairfax County, indeed the Commonwealth of Virginia, must find revenue from other sources OR make the cuts necessary, including looking at the schools. Perhaps an athletic fee must be instigated with Booster Clubs putting in extra effort to raise funds for those students who absolutely can't afford the fee. It is only fair that the student or their parents come up with the fee rather than the overly stretched homeowner be obligated to take on another extra part time job to pay this outlandish increase in real estate taxes. (The latest data shows that less than 1% of all high school athletes ever make it to the professional leagues, and less that 3% are offered college scholarships based on their athletic prowess alone.) To view your current real estate tax amount , go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta/
The real estate tax increase will generate an additional $93 million for the county next year.
School Funding Increased by More Than 5 Percent (The Schools have gained a well earned reputation for fiscal overgrabbing...more than $88 million in over budget funds remained at the end of the last two school years, yet they have not been forced to give it back or refund the taxpayer.)
Funding to Support Public Safety Priorities
$7.5 million was approved to be used to fund recommendations by the Ad-Hoc Police Practices Review Commission. This includes:
Budget Reductions Were Made
Reductions were made from the current FY 2016 budget totaling $13.63 million, as well as 17 fewer positions. Among the reductions:
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