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Fairfax board adopts budget with more for affordable housing, environment

Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, makes an appearance at the Reston Multicultural Festival on Sept. 23, 2017.
Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, makes an appearance at the Reston Multicultural Festival on Sept. 23, 2017. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday adopted a $4.4 billion budget that keeps the residential property tax rate at $1.15 per $100 of assessed value while adding funds for affordable housing and environmental programs.

The budget, approved unanimously, allocates $2.1 billion to county schools and gives the county’s 13,000 employees cost-of-living increases of 2.1 percent, at a total cost of $14.9 million.

Last week, the board agreed to steer another $5 million toward affordable housing — for a total of $15 million — after the county realized it will have extra money next year through higher-than-expected commercial property tax revenue and cost-cutting measures that led to savings.

The board also agreed to create two staff positions for a new Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination that is meant to combat the negative effects of climate change.

A proposal to allocate $200,000 toward a legal-defense fund for immigrants facing deportation also won approval Tuesday.

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