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Vienna Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Budget for FY2015-16

FCTA Note:The following notice was published on page B6 of the Washington Times on 03/27/2015 and 04/03/2015. 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 2014-15 Adopted Budget -- which was not published in the newspaper notice.

In fact, Vienna is proposing a 5.46% real estate tax increase! If one digs around on Vienna's web site, one finds on page 8 of the Town Manager's March 6 "Budget Message" that the average real estate assessment in Vienna has increased from $645,763 to $681,026 (5.46%) over the last year while the tax rate remains constant at 22.88 cents per $100 of assessed value. (Note that a tax rate of 21.70 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.

-- 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 2015-16

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Vienna Town Council will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, April 13, 2015 beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the Town Hall, 127 Center Street, South, on the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015/16 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 2015-16

                                                                 PROPOSED    ADDED
                                                               FY 2015-16   BY FCTA
GENERAL FUND
  REVENUES                                                    $23,206,050  +615,610
    Property Taxes (FY 15-16: $0.2288/$100 assessed value)    $10,193,070  +433,070
    Other Local Taxes                                          $6,229,980   +24,880
    Permits, FEES and Licenses                                   $179,500      -900
    Fines and Forfeitures                                        $455,000   +20,000
    Use of Money and Property                                    $125,000   -45,000
    Parks and Recreation Fees                                    $795,000   +20,000
    Special Service Fees                                          $25,000    -8,200
    Miscellaneous Revenues                                       $144,100   +22,800
    Categorical Aid                                            $3,195,900   +33,400
    Federal Revenue                                              $113,500   +19,500
    Interfund Transfers                                          $900,000        +0
    Use of Prior Year Revenues                                   $750,000    -3,940
    Equip. Repl. Reserve/PEG                                     $100,000  +100,000

  EXPENDITURES                                                $23,206,050  +615,610
    Legislative                                                  $745,440   +17,630
    Administration                                             $2,356,530    +8,530
    Finance Department                                         $1,674,460   +73,950
    Police Department                                          $6,320,960   -16,230
    Public Works Department                                    $6,795,430   -88,900
    Tax Relief Programs                                          $237,300    -5,900
    Parks and Recreation Department                            $2,897,790   +27,180
    Planning and Zoning                                          $817,350   -48,090
    Transfers and Reserves                                       $654,200  +623,060
    Equipment Replacement                                        $656,590   +24,380
    PC Replacement                                                $50,000        +0

WATER AND SEWER FUND
  REVENUES                                                     $7,018,000  -103,000
    Use of Money                                                   $2,000      +800
    Water and Sewer Service Charges                            $6,891,000  -103,800
    Miscellaneous Revenues                                       $125,000        +0

  EXPENDITURES                                                 $6,990,510  +169,510
    Water Services                                             $2,714,220   +36,140
    Meter Maintenance and Reading                                $460,870    +2,120
    Billing/Customer Service                                     $180,200   -19,230
    Sewer Services                                             $2,408,480  +245,040
    Transfers                                                  $1,223,530   -47,910
    Equipment Replacement                                          $3,210   -46,650

DEBT SERVICE FUND
  REVENUES                                                     $2,641,000   -61,640
    Other Local Taxes                                          $2,299,960    +8,470
    Use of Money                                                   $4,700        +0
    Interfund Transfers                                          $301,330   -70,110
    Use of Prior Year Reserve                                           0        +0
    Federal Revenues                                              $35,010        +0

  EXPENDITURES                                                 $2,641,000   -61,640
    Administrative Costs                                             $300        +0
    Debt Service                                               $2,640,700   -61,640

STORM WATER FUND
  REVENUES                                                       $382,130  +136,590
    Stormwater Revenue                                           $232,130   +38,710
    Use of Prior Year Reserves                                   $150,000   +97,880

  EXPENDITURES                                                   $382,130  +136,590
    Personnel Expense                                            $114,260    +3,160
    Program Costs                                                $325,000  +135,010
    Transfers                                                    -$57,130    -1,580

TOTAL BUDGET FOR ALL FUNDS                                    $33,219,690  +860,070

BY ORDER OF THE TOWN COUNCIL

Melanie J. Clark, Town Clerk

Publish: Washington Times -- March 27, 2015 and April 3, 2015 (AD#14819698D)