Public Input and transparency are the most crucial elements of Stafford’s annual budget process. With the Coronavirus changing the way the County does business, making sure residents know what the Board is considering and how they can provide comments is essential regarding the budget process.
"We decided to move meetings to a virtual setting to both comply with the Governor’s order and to keep our staff and residents safe," said Chairman of the Board Meg Bohmke, Falmouth District. "I assure our residents that the Board is committed to hearing from you, which is why we have kept the public hearings open until April 21."
The Board is considering the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget, a budget that runs from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021. Several aspects of the budget were updated to reflect the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic. All of the materials relating to the budget consideration are available on Stafford’s website, by visiting www.staffordcountyva.gov/publichearings. Residents may comment on the budget via an online form available on the site. As well, the budget work session tomorrow and April 21, 2020, Board of Supervisors meeting to consider adoption of the budget will be streamed live.
FY2021 Budget Timeline
- February 18 - The County Administrator presented the Fiscal Year 2021 Proposed Budget to the Board of Supervisors on February 18, 2020.
- March 3 - The Board of Supervisors voted to advertise the real estate tax rate at $1.03 and the personal property tax rate at $6.69. Stafford’s current real estate tax rate is $1.01 and the current personal property tax rate is $6.46.
- March 10 – A Joint School and Board Work Session were held. Local, state and national emergencies were declared later that week.
- March 17 - A Budget Work Session was held.
- March 24 – Presentation of a $1.00 (1-cent) Proposed Budget Changes Due to COVID-19
- March 26 – Budget Work Session for Transportation, Utilities and CIP with COVID-19 Updates
- March 31 – Budget Work Session with School Updated Projections and General Fund Board Questions to COVID-19
- April 2 – Presentation of .97 cent (3.1-cent) Proposed Budget Changes Due to COVID-19
- April 7 – Public Hearings for the FY21 Budget, the FY20 tax rates at $1.03 and CIP
- April 14 – Budget Work Session
- April 21 – Consider Adoption of FY21 Budget
More information on the proposed budget may be found at www.staffordcountyva.gov/budget, along with the complete proposed budget document, the County Administrator’s presentation, and a proposed budget highlight sheet. The materials for the April 21 Board of Supervisors meeting may be found at https://staffordcountyva.gov/publichearings. Public Input may be made via https://staffordcountyva.gov/publichearings.