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Fairfax board approves annual budget

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved its annual budget for fiscal year 2011 on Tuesday, including a 5-cent increase in the property tax rate and a reinstituted $33 vehicle license registration fee.

The board approved the $3.3 billion budget on a 7 to 3 party-line vote, with Republicans John C. Cook (Braddock), Michael Frey (Sully) and Pat S. Herrity (Springfield) voting against.

The approved tax rate is $1.09 per $100 of assessed value. Officials said that still-declining home assessments would result in the average county taxpayer paying about $27 less in their tax bill next year. Rosier-than-expected state funding, coupled with the use of millions in reserve money, allowed officials to restore $11 million in anticipated cuts to agencies and programs.

The budget also includes a 77-cent increase to the sewer service charge per 1,000 gallons, and the elimination of roughly 175 positions, about 70 to 80 of which are filled. Officials estimated that the number of those laid off will be reduced "significantly" as other jobs are found with local government.

The new budget will go into effect July 1.

-- Derek Kravitz

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By Washington Post Editors  |  April 27, 2010; 6:32 PM ET
Categories:  Derek Kravitz , Fairfax County , Fairfax County Board of Supervisors  
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