County Budget Year Ends with $46M Unspent

What to do with unspent funds remains controversial. Should the year-end surplus be:
● Rolled over to the next FY, reducing the need for tax increases?
● Used to fund projects that failed to get funded in the previous FY?
● A bit of both?

County Seeks Citizen Input on 2021 Budget

Provide Your Early Input on the FY 2021 Budget

ARLINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA GENERAL FUND
STATEMENT OF REVENUES, EXPENDITURES AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCE
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2019 (Unaudited)
Source: Arlington Co page 42
Revenues $1,296,927,881
Expenditures $1,250,707,290
Excess of revenues and other financing sources over expenditures and transfers out $46,220,591

Skyrocketing Property Tax?

Skyrocketing Property Tax?
Arlington County has one of the highest median property taxes in the United States, ranked 40th of the 3143 counties in the USA. Arlington collects, on average, 0.8% of a property’s assessed fair market value, which amounts to about 3.6% of average resident’s yearly income.
Source: tax-rates.org

Home Values are expected to increase significantly. Average Arlington sold price went up by 12.35% between Sept 2018 ($628,412.) and Sept 2019 ($705,997)
Source: Bright MLS

Arlington’s SMD (E-Scooter/E-Bike) Pilot Evaluation Report

Arlington’s SMD (E-Scooter/E-Bike) Pilot Evaluation Report
Arlington’s pilot kicked off in September 2018 with Bird and Lime and is expected to end in December 2019 with seven operators. This report provides the results of the evaluation of the nine-month Arlington County pilot program, including trends in deployment, utilization and feedback from the community to understand Shared Mobility Device (SMD) adoption and system performance. Click to Continue Reading…

Vehicle Decals No Longer Needed

Vehicle Decals No Longer Needed
The Arlington County Board voted last year to eliminate the requirement to display a decal. You can remove your old decal and dispose of it. The Motor Vehicle License fee ($33 for cars), which is an annual registration fee, has not been eliminated.

Armed Robbery on Highland St

Where: 1800 block of N. Highland St (near LV Park)
When: Approximately 3:36 a.m. on November 16, Saturday
ROBBERY, 2019-11160049, 1800 block of N. Highland Street. At approximately 3:36 a.m. on November 16, police were dispatched to the report of an armed robbery just occurred. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim was walking in the area when he was approached by three unknown suspects, who each displayed a firearm and demanded the victim empty his pockets. The suspects stole the victim’s personal belongings and fled prior to police arrival. The suspects are all described as black males, 18-20 years old, 5’10”-6’0”, wearing dark colored hoodies, dark pants and dark masks. The investigation is ongoing.

ACPD Crime Report

County Seeks Citizen Input on 2021 Budget

Key periods for citizen input:
November-December 2019: Provide online input to the County Manager as he begins developing his Proposed FY 2021 Budget to send to the County Board in February.
Provide Your Early Input on the FY 2021 Budget

January-February 2020: Provide input as the County Manager develops the Proposed FY 2021-2030 CIP to send to the County Board in May.
February-April 2020: Provide feedback to the County Board about the proposed budget.
May-July 2020: Provide feedback to the County Board about the proposed CIP.

Arlington real estate assessments are expected to rise by as much as 4% beginning in January which means property taxes could rise by 4% even without an increase in the tax rate.

Keep up with the latest budget and CIP news and information and opportunities to participate in the budget process at budget.arlingtonva.us.

Budger Season Timeline

County Board Writes FAA to Oppose Flight Path Changes

County Board Writes FAA to Oppose Flight Path Changes
On Nov. 4, 2019, the Arlington County Board sent a letter of opposition to the FAA regarding proposed changes to flight procedures at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

The FAA and the United States Secret Service (USSS) presented the proposed changes to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) DCA Community Working Group on May 23, 2019.

Read the full letter

Online Noise Complaint Form (FAA)

Clarendon Circle Repaving Final Phase Begins

Clarendon Circle Repaving Final Phase to End Soon

Repaving will continue for the week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is expected to complete by Monday, Nov 11.

There will be lane closures and temporary detours. Traffic will move slower. Almost all street parking is blocked off. Avoid the area if possible.

The redesign realigns Wilson and Washington Blvds, shortens crosswalks, and widens sidewalks. Access to N. Irving Street is now blocked. Left turns onto Wilson from Washington Blvd is now prohibited. Hopefully this will result in less confusion for motorists and improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

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