The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the county staff’s plan to spend about $60 million in left-over funds. Following a public hearing, the board approved the spending plan put forward by County Executive Edward L. Long.
Spending measures approved included:
- $58.88 million to be allocated in the carryover package as follows:
- $35.81 million for funding county reserves and infrastructure needs based on county policy.
- $15.40 million to fully fund the demolition of the Massey Building (Public Safety Center), which is anticipated to be vacated by the end of 2017.
- $1.52 million for the Planning and Land Use System (PLUS) Project using permit fee revenues received in FY 2017 and funding for 10 positions, fully offset by anticipated FY 2018 revenues, to continue the ongoing investment to improve the county’s land development process.
- $0.50 million placed in reserve for gang prevention efforts in the community. In addition, $1.1 million is allocated to the Community Services Board to increase residential treatment and medical detoxification beds to begin to address the growing opioid epidemic. An additional $2.5 million is set aside in reserve to provide ongoing flexibility as the county works to develop additional strategies to combat opioid use.
- $0.76 million for funding other requirements such as the Aug. 29 School Board at-large special election, Park Authority equipment needs and one-time funding to support the county’s summer entertainment series. In addition, at no net cost to the county, 11 positions are added to address increasing public assistance caseloads and one position is added to support workload requirements related to the maintenance of Fairfax County Public Schools‘ vehicles.
- $4.89 million in reserves associated with disbursement increases funded in the carryover package.
- $0.80 million to be held in reserve to address critical one-time requirements and funding needs. When added to the $0.24 million held in reserve as part of the FY 2018 Adopted Budget Plan, a total of $1.04 million is available for one-time requirements in FY 2018 or FY 2019.