Alexandria City Council Adopts Fiscal Year 2010 Budget
April 27, 2009
- General fund operating budget is $530 million, a decrease of 2.2% from Fiscal Year (FY) 2009.
- Real estate tax rate is set at 90.3 cents per $100 of assessed value, an increase of 5.8 cents from last year; the average homeowner’s taxes will increase by $76 annually.
On April 27, the Alexandria City Council adopted a $530 million General Fund Operating Budget for FY 2010, a 2.2% decrease of $12 million from FY 2009. The FY 2009 real estate tax rate of 84.5 cents per $100 of assessed value was raised by 5.8 cents to 90.3 cents. The average homeowner’s taxes will increase by $76 annually.
“Alexandria continues to face its most serious fiscal decline in more than 30 years,” said Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille. “However, working together with the City Council and City Manager James K. Hartmann, we have produced a responsible budget that focuses our financial resources on maintaining public safety, building critical infrastructure and protecting the social safety net for our most vulnerable citizens.”
Revenue and expenditure changes from the City Manager’s proposed budget include:
- Restoration of $610,000 for social safety net programs in the Health Department, Human Services Department and the Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Department.
- Authorization of a cigarette tax increase of 10 cents per pack, which is expected to generate $400,000 next year.
- Restoration of $287,000 for economic development priorities to assist the City’s residents and businesses during the economic downturn.
- Allocation of funds for Capital Improvement Program projects, including the James Polk Elementary School Gymnasium ($1,400,000); DASH bus replacement ($600,000); and street and sidewalk repair ($200,000).
- Maintenance of current public safety spending levels for the Alexandria Police, Fire, and Sheriff Departments.
- Addition of $455,000 for a homeownership assistance program to help low-income residents purchase distressed properties.
The FY 2010 budget includes the following reductions:
- One hundred and seventeen positions were cut from the City’s workforce.
- Employee salaries have been frozen.
- The City transfer to the Schools was decreased by 2%, or $3.4 million, but still meets the revised School Board request for City funds. Thirty-one percent of the General Fund budget is provided for the Schools.
The current economic forecast is likely to affect the City’s budget in FY 2011 and beyond. To begin planning for this possibility, the City Council decided to reduce borrowing for the Capital Improvement Program and allocate $2 million in additional cash to pay for capital expenditures next year. City Council also set aside $2.3 million in a reserve fund in case of a possible revenue shortfall in FY 2010.
“City Council’s actions are the next step in confronting the fiscal challenges we may continue to face next year,” stated Mayor Euille. “The steps we are taking now underscore the need for all of us—City government, residents, and the business community—to get involved, to volunteer, and to work together in helping our friends, neighbors, community and City navigate through what may be difficult times ahead.”
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