Budget Basket Full of Hope
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin describes his proposed $3.3 billion budget for 2008 as a kind of holding action -- preserving basic public services until real estate assessments resume their upward march. That means no new programs and an across-the-board cut in hiring budgets. General fund spending would grow a modest 3.2 percent. But for an enterprise as massive as Fairfax government, that still translates to $105.4 million in new spending proposals, including 70 new jobs, mostly in public safety and facilities management.
Here are 10 items in the Yellow Pages-size volume that you may not know about:
If you build it, they will spend.
Several county buildings will open their doors in the next year, including the Public Safety Transportation and Operations Center (PSTOC), the Katherine T. Hanley Family Shelter and the expanded Judicial Center. Officials are asking for an extra $1.3 million for maintenance, landscaping and repairs as they arise. There is also $563,827 set aside to hire five information technology specialists to help PSTOC with telecommunications and other support activities.
If you elect them, they will spend.
The new Board of Supervisors that takes office in January 2008 will get a pay raise, from $59,000 to $75,000. Their staff will also get small increases, totaling $363,292.