On February 19, 2019, City Manager Mark Jinks proposed a $761.1 million General Fund operating budget for FY 2020. This represents a 1.7% increase over last year’s budget. His budget included no tax rate increase from the current $1.13 per $100 of assessed value. The annual fee for city recycling service will increase from $373 to $406 per household. His budget funds 100% of the Superintendent’s requests for the Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) operating budget and 10-year capital plan. ACPS will receive $232.3 million in operating funds, which is a 3.8% increase over last year.

The Capital Improvement Program budget includes $1.62 billion over the next 10 years. Of the $1.62 billion CIP budget, $478.8 is dedicated to ACPS. This is down 26.2% from last year’s 10-year program because the combined sewer remediation plan and costs have been transferred from the City to Alex Renew, and residents will be billed by Alex Renew for those costs.

On March 12, 2019, City Council authorized consideration of a half cent raise to the tax rate from $1.13 to $1.135, and a raise in the personal property tax rate on vehicles from the current $5.00 to $5.56 per hundred dollar value. This increase allows for the elimination of the current city decal fee of $33 per vehicle.

A series of budget workshops has been held during March. There will be a public hearing on the real estate tax rate on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 9:30 at City Hall. The final budget for 2020 will be adopted by Council on May 1, 2019.

To learn more about the budget, go to: http://www.alexandriava.gov/Budget.

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