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Posted at 3:25 PM ET, 12/ 3/2010

Arlington county manager enlists the public in crafting budget

By Christy Goodman

Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan is asking for residents' help in coming up with the fiscal 2012 budget.

"It is really just to get their ideas," she said. "You never know what gem you will get from the community."

She held a working session with the public Thursday night to hear concerns and get ideas on how to shape the budget, which already faces a $25 million to $35 million shortfall.

The Arlington County Board has directed the county manager to provide a fiscal 2012 budget with no more than a 1.14 percent spending increase over the current budget of $955.9 million.

The ideas from the community ranged from restoring cuts or sparing additional ones to parks, libraries and human services; increasing regional cooperation for services such as health care and transportation; and re-examining the revenue-sharing agreement with the school system.

Donnellan will be featured on a panel on Dec. 7 with Arlington Schools Superintendent Patrick Murphy and the commissioner of revenue at the Arlington County Civic Federation meeting. That meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Virginia Hospital Center Hazel Conference Center, located at 1701 N. George Mason Dr.

The county manager also will hold an online community chat about the budget on Dec. 17 at 10 a.m.

By Christy Goodman  | December 3, 2010; 3:25 PM ET
Categories:  Arlington County, Budget, Christy Goodman  
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