Because of Fairfax County's improving economy, the Board of Supervisors found itself with higher-than-expected revenue June 30, the end of the budget year.
Nearly $50 million in so-called carry-over funds was available to the supervisors, who voted Monday to spend about half of the money on what county officials called "immediate pressing needs." The other half was set aside for future use, including tax relief next year.
At a hearing before the board vote, residents representing youth and adult sports organizations failed to persuade the board to use the money to offset a new athletic field use charge. And county resident Stan L. Reid had a simple request: "Give it back to the taxpayers."
The board did squirrel part of the money away for tax relief, but it also made these decisions on how to divide most of the carry-over:
$5.43 million for emergency medical services to address workforce shortages and deal with increased calls from a growing and aging population.
$4.32 million to preserve structures at the former Lorton prison site, part of the area's redevelopment.
$4.02 million for construction of Little River Glen II, an assisted living facility for low- and moderate-income elderly people, next to Little River Glen.
$2.83 million for the Judicial Center expansion and renovation.
$1.69 million for 18 positions needed to open half of one floor of jail space because of an increase in the number of state prisoners and the impact of state sentencing guidelines for driving under the influence.
$1.03 million for higher-than-anticipated costs at the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter in western Fairfax and reimbursement for road development at Nike Park in Great Falls.
$400,000 for an analysis of traffic in the Tysons Corner area.
$200,000 to fight gang activity.
$195,000 to dredge Lake Martin and to make emergency road repairs throughout the county.
$50,000 for a permanent site for the Franconia Museum.
$10,000 for Metropolitan Washington Ear Inc., a nonprofit Silver Spring-based group that allows visually impaired residents to hear recordings of newspaper and magazine articles read by volunteers.
$7.81 million for a rainy day fund used to cover a budget gap in an economic downturn instead of raising taxes.
$5 million to replace Fairfax County Public Schools' computers and buses.
$2 million for a reserve fund for environmental projects identified by County Executive Anthony H. Griffin.
$2 million for a reserve fund to complete Jefferson Manor improvements, including land acquisition, utility relocation and construction.
$8.1 million as a surplus fund in addition to $10.6 million that the board set aside in August as a result of increases in recordation and cigarette taxes. This likely will be used for property tax relief.