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.