The Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations has adopted a resolution, which, if approved by the county, would significantly change the methods of budget preparation in the county.
Under the suggestions, the county Board of Supervisors would:
Provide specific guidelines to the county executive for consideration before the budget process begins. These would include specific goals and objectives for county programs as well as the level of service needed.
Approved key planning assumptions on which the budget is based, such as population growth projections, new housing starts and projected school populations.
The county executive, when submitting the budget, would indicate areas or programs that exceed the board guidelines but which he believes are worthy of funding.
The federation suggestions reflect the organization's complaints in the past that increase in the county budget should be better justified and that there should be more public participation in determining the assumptions, such as population projections, on which the budget is based.
In August, the Board of Supervisors approved proposals for a Fiscal Policy Advisory Commission made up of three citizens committees, which will review county spending, tax rates and the size of the payroll. Members of the three committees will include 50 to 60 representatives of civic and business groups. The federation praised the county move to provide for more citizen participation in the budget process.
At the recent meeting the federation, which is made up of representatives of about 80 civic associations in Fairfax County, also voted to urge the Virginia State Water Control Board to preserve current water control standards for the Occoquan Reservoir. The Water Control Board is considering a proposal to restudy its adopted water purity standards.
The federation also has urged the Water Control Board to release $12 million in water clean-up funds to Fairfax County for two sewer projects, which would have an impact on the quality of the Potomac River, the Little Housing Creek Pumpover project, and the Herndon-Reston Pumpdown project.