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Smaller Budget Shortfall, But More Tough Choices In Fairfax County

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County leaders are projecting a budget shortfall of around $50 million for fiscal year 2012. That amount pales in comparison to the $350 million shortfall the county had to close in the current fiscal year.

But there's still a budget shortfall -- and that's why Fairfax County Executive Anthony Griffin says his proposal is still a bare-bones plan, with limited infrastructure investment, and little good news for county employees.

"Unfortunately, I'm forced to recommend for the third year in a row, no compensation increases for county employees," Griffin told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

Griffin's budget proposal would also deny the funding increase requested by the county's school district -- putting the pay raises the school board has promised teachers and other district employees in jeopardy.

The Board of Supervisors must vote on the budget by April 12.

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