Stafford’s Board of Supervisors adopted the FY2020 Budget at their May 7, 2019, meeting. The adopted budget is aligned with and advances the strategic priorities of Stafford’s first Vision for the Future and 2040 Strategic Plan, adopted in 2018. Healthy growth, education, and organizational excellence were drivers for the FY2020 Budget along with Stafford’s continued need to meet mandates and obligations. The significance of a 16% growth in population since 2010 continues to impact Stafford’s services, schools, infrastructure, and roads, moving supervisors to take measures to support Stafford’s current high level of services.
Retention and recruitment of highly qualified staff continue to be a challenge given Stafford’s location between Northern Virginia and Richmond. The approved budget funds the recommended Phase 1 implementation of a comprehensive employee classification and compensation study. The study evaluated the County’s pay plans and job structures for all full-time and part-time employees. The objective was to develop compensation programs that will help Stafford successfully recruit, retain, and reward the talent it needs to serve the community. Supervisors added two cents to the real estate tax rate in April to increase Stafford’s competitiveness in the region. This increase allows for a 5% salary increase for all employees.
A significant goal of this budget was the continued commitment to education and the schools. This year’s budget transfer to the schools increased by $6,112,555, for a total of $127,502,264, which also includes money for a 5% pay increase for all school employees. This move dedicates additional funding over last year’s transfer and aids in addressing the increase of per-pupil costs and supports school programs and mandates.
The Board continues to invest in public safety by funding five new positions. Positions were provided to the Sheriff’s Office for the express purpose of aiding in recruitment and retention. Fire and Rescue received new positions to assist with 24-hour staffing, to more fully cover the County.
With the adoption of the $318,852,703 operating budget, the Board of Supervisors will next consider the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) on May 21 and consider appropriating the FY2020 Budget at their June 6 meeting. There are opportunities for public comment at both meetings. The FY2020 Budget takes effect as of July 1, 2019.
More information on the FY2020 Budget can be found at the link below.