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Property tax hike proposed for Arlington

Arlington County can fill a $65 million budget gap, which is shared with the school system, by increasing the property tax rate by 6.7 cents and by cutting more than $16 million in operational costs, acting Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan told county board members Tuesday.

The proposed $941.8 million budget is $5 million less than the fiscal 2010 budget. It includes 87 fewer county employee positions, 20 of which are currently filled. Libraries will close one service day a week and reduce hours. Funds for mowing and other county maintenance also will be cut. One of the county's two special Heavy Rescue Units will no longer be staffed full-time, among other items.

Donnellan's property tax rate, 94.2 cents per $100 of a property's assessed value, would cause the average household to pay an additional $189 a year, if approved. Both residential and commercial property values fell in the county.

Arlington County public schools would receive an increase in funding of $6.3 million, for a total transfer of $358.7 million.

The proposed budget has several other options to increase revenue and decrease spending for board members to decide. The council will approved an operating budget and a 10-year capital projects plan in April.

-- Christy Goodman

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 16, 2010; 7:20 PM ET
 
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Comments

What it is with this BS that elected officials try to pull.

"It includes 87 fewer county employee positions, 20 of which are currently filled."

Sounds like they are only cutting 20 employees. Why do they try to "scare" people by announcing they are eliminating UNFILLED positions.

Posted by: wpjunk | February 17, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Ya know, comments like that by WPJUNK reveal just how little people understand about budgeting and professional management. There is frequent turnover in all large organizations. Eliminating unfilled positions DOES save money because now those positions (that were budgeted for in the past) cannot and will not be filled. This is a FY11 budget, numbskulls, to begin July 2010 and go through June 2011. That's the future, dude.

Posted by: greenfuture | February 17, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

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