Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz, who last month proposed a 2-cent hike in the property tax rate, on Thursday identified $11.1 million in budget cuts that would halve the potential tax increase.
Schwartz, in response to a County Board request, said the county could eliminate 18 not-yet-filled jobs, including seven sheriff’s positions. About seven existing jobs could also be cut, as well as about $2 million in such services as lowering the money spent on housing grants, reducing the frequency of mowing and landscaping, and reducing hours at the Glencarlyn Library. Schwartz said he would also ask the schools superintendent and School Board to find reductions of $3.5 million in continuous funding and $1.7 million in one-time-only funding.
The County Board is working on the final budget and tax rate, which it plans to pass April 22.