Stafford’s Board of Supervisors completed the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Process on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, by adopting the FY2020-2024 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) with Planning Years FY2025-2029. This vote was the final step in a budget process that started last year with analysis by staff and culminated in the adoption of the FY2020 Proposed Budget, a $1.01 tax rate and the CIP. All three actions reflect the dedication of the Board in addressing the issues of growth in the community and the implementation of the Board’s 2040 Strategic Plan.
The Stafford Board of Supervisors passed the FY2020 Proposed Budget on April 16, 2019. This budget was designed to align with and advance the strategic priorities of Stafford’s first Vision for the Future and 2040 Strategic Plan, adopted in 2018. Stafford’s population has experienced a 16% growth since 2010, directly impacting Stafford’s services, schools, infrastructure, and roads.
Highlights of the adopted budget include:
- A comprehensive employee classification and compensation study designed to assist Stafford in recruiting, rewarding and retaining the talent it needs to serve the community
- A 5% salary increase for all employees (including the School employees)
- An increase of $6,112,555 in the budget transfer to schools, which allows for a 5% pay increase for all school employees and aids in addressing the increase of per-pupil costs and supports school programs and mandates
- An investment in Public Safety of five new positions, with the express purpose of aiding in recruitment and retention for the Sheriff’s Office and assisting with 24-hour staffing at Fire and Rescue
The Board appropriated the funding for the budget at its June 4, 2019, meeting. The resolution called for holding back 5% of the General Government budget and the Local School Transfer to schools to retain adequate budget control. Following the mid-year and third-quarter review and completion of the FY2019 audit, the Board will reconsider releasing the appropriation hold.
The budget process culminated last evening in the adoption of the Capital Improvement Plan. The CIP includes projects for the County, Schools, Transportation* and Capital funds. The CIP consists of an increase of $13.6 million to debt capacity, based upon the increase in revenues due to the adopted Real Estate tax rate of $1.01, from the previous $0.99.
Highlights of the FY2020-FY2024 CIP include:
- Belmont-Ferry Farm Trail Phase 6 – (FY2019-FY2021)
- Berea Church Road improvements (FY2019-FY2021)
- Brooks Park Stream Restoration (FY2022)
- Continuation of Ferry Farm Elementary School Renovation (FY2019-FY2020)
- Courthouse and Downtown Stafford parking lot (FY2020-FY2023)
- Courthouse Road/Route 1 intersection improvement (FY2019-FY2021)
- High School #6 (FY2021-FY2026)
- Onville and Flatford roads sidewalks (FY2019-FY2021)
- Route 1/Enon Road improvements (FY2021-FY2025)
- Route 1/Potomac Creek Drive ((FY2019-FYFY2021)
- Stefaniga/Mountain View Road intersection (FY2023-FY2025)
- Wedge Widening/Safety Improvements – (FY2020-FY2029)
Highlights of the FY2025-FY2029 include:
- Drew Middle School Renovation (FY2029-FY2032)
- Elementary School Capacity (FY2025-FY2029) (This is planned to specifically address the Hartwood Elementary capacity needs as well as the lack of County water and sewer.)
- Public Safety Joint Training Center (FY2027-FY2030
- Tech Center Drive (FY2028)
Utilities projects are funded by the Utilities Fund
* A potential bond referendum is being considered to complete projects identified by the Comprehensive Road Study Project. If passed, these projects will be included in the FY2021-30 CIP. At the June 18, 2019, the Board provided direction on the bond amount and the list of potential roads to be included in a possible bond referendum, which will go for vote on July 2, 2019.
To find more information on the FY2020 Budget, please visit www.staffordcountyva.gov/budget.