I request that you lower the tax rate by 10 cents to $1.04.
Last year in FY22, the Adopted Budget Plan of General Funds Disbursements was $4,527,325,441 and for FY2023 the General Funds Disbursements is $4,776,728,869, an increase of $249,403,428. or 5.2% over FY 2022 Adopted Budget Plan. This increase is greater than the inflation rate of 4.7% for calendar year 2021. For many years, I have seen the County and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) budgets usually increase two to three times the inflation rate, however this year is an exception. Nevertheless, in an overall $9 billion budget, you should be able to reduce it.
The County is proposing to issue more bonds in 2023 and future years. For FY 2023, the County debt for bond interest is $43.9 million or 2.8% of the county budget. In the good times as the economy booms, why does the County feel they must keep issuing bonds? I have read that Fairfax County wants taxpayers to approve a $180 million bond issue for WMATA this November but has so far failed to respond on how these funds will be used. Is this true?
The FCPS has had reductions in students over the past two years and is now down to approximately 178,000 students. As I understand, the FCPS has had a reduction of around 10,000 students and yet the FCPS budget continues to rise. Why is that?
Board Member of the Fairfax County Taxpayers Alliance