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Vienna Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Budget for FY2016-17

FCTA Note:The following notice was published on page B5 of the Washington Times on 03/22/2016 and 03/29/2016. But unlike the Fairfax County notice, which states outright that it "proposes to increase property tax levies", Vienna's notice makes no such mention. Note that FCTA has added the last column -- amount of increase or decrease over the FY 2015-16 Adopted Budget -- which was not published in the newspaper notice.

In fact, Vienna is proposing a 2.05% real estate tax increase! If one digs around on Vienna's web site, one finds on page 8 of the Town Manager's March 4 "Budget Message" that the average real estate assessment in Vienna has increased from $681,026 to $695,021 (2.05%) over the last year while the tax rate remains constant at 22.50 cents per $100 of assessed value. (Note that a tax rate of 22.05 cents per $100 would be revenue-neutral.)

The Vienna Town Council members are listed below, and their vote on the amount of tax increase will be duly noted.

NOTE: On 04/18/2016, The Vienna Town Council decided 4-3 to adopt a real estate tax rate of the anticipated 22.50 cents per $100 of assessed value, which translates to the earlier proposed 2.05% increase on your next tax bill. (The 3 voting to increase your taxes even further are not on the ballot this year.)

-- David Swink, FCTA Board member and Vienna resident (my RE taxes over last 40 years)

Notice of Public Hearing
Town of Vienna, Virginia
Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Vienna Town Council will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, April 4, 2016 beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the Town Hall, 127 Center Street, South, on the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17 for the Town of Vienna, Virginia.

At said Public Hearing any and all interested parties will be given an opportunity to express their views. Copies of the proposed budget will be available for viewing in the Town Clerk's Office during regular working hours or on the Town Website.

BUDGET IN BRIEF - FISCAL YEAR 2016-17

                                                                 PROPOSED    ADDED
                                                               FY 2016-17   BY FCTA
GENERAL FUND
  REVENUES                                                    $22,574,320  -555,740
    Property Taxes (FY 16-17: $0.2250/$100 assessed value)    $10,427,500  +460,500
    Other Local Taxes                                          $6,451,000  -129,060
    Permits, FEES and Licenses                                   $206,200   +26,700
    Fines and Forfeitures                                        $462,500    +7,500
    Use of Money and Property                                    $136,000   +11,000
    Parks and Recreation Fees                                    $595,000  -200,000
    Special Service Fees                                          $30,000    +5,000
    Miscellaneous Revenues                                       $156,000   +11,900
    Categorical Aid                                            $3,203,210    +7,310
    Federal Revenue                                              $113,500        +0
    Interfund Transfers                                          $243,410  -656,590
    Use of Prior Year Revenues                                   $550,000  -200,000
    Equip. Repl. Reserve/PEG                                           $0  -100,000

  EXPENDITURES                                                $22,574,320  -555,740
    Legislative                                                  $420,050   -12,600
    Administration                                             $2,752,300   +42,940
    Finance Department                                         $1,545,880   +93,880
    Police Department                                          $6,291,550   -75,130
    Fire and Rescue Department                                    $59,710    -2,690
    Public Works Department                                    $6,718,470  -189,740
    Tax Relief Programs                                          $242,600    -5,300
    Parks and Recreation Department                            $3,024,960   +11,400
    Planning and Zoning                                          $821,830    -2,340
    Transfers and Reserves                                       $696,970  -239,000

WATER AND SEWER FUND
  REVENUES                                                     $7,237,170  +219,170
    Use of Money                                                   $4,000    +2,000
    Water and Sewer Service Charges                            $7,108,170  +217,170
    Miscellaneous Revenues                                       $125,000        +0

  EXPENDITURES                                                 $7,237,170  +246,660
    Water Services                                             $2,704,530    -3,190
    Meter Maintenance and Reading                                $494,680   +30,800
    Billing/Customer Service                                     $209,580   +26,420
    Sewer Services                                             $2,511,230   +92,920
    Transfers                                                  $1,313,930   +99,700
    Equipment Replacement                                          $3,220       +10

DEBT SERVICE FUND
  REVENUES                                                     $3,605,530  +964,530
    Other Local Taxes                                          $2,550,000  +250,040
    Use of Money                                                   $6,000    +1,300
    Interfund Transfers                                        $1,014,520  +713,190
    Use of Prior Year Reserve                                           0        +0
    Federal Revenues                                              $35,010        +0

  EXPENDITURES                                                 $3,605,530  +964,530
    Administrative Costs                                             $300        +0
    Debt Service                                               $3,605,230  +964,530

STORM WATER FUND
  REVENUES                                                       $370,570   -11,560
    Stormwater Revenue                                           $272,390   +40,260
    Use of Prior Year Reserves                                    $98,180   -51,820

  EXPENDITURES                                                   $370,750   -11,380
    Personnel Expense                                             $98,830   -15,430
    Program Costs                                                $325,000        +0
    Transfers                                                    -$53,080    +4,050

TOTAL BUDGET FOR ALL FUNDS                                    $33,787,770  +644,070

BY ORDER OF THE TOWN COUNCIL

Melanie J. Clark, Town Clerk

Publish: Washington Times -- March 22, 2016 and March 29, 2016 (AD#14877529D)