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Fairfax Supervisors Prepare For Budget Hearings

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The first of those hearings is Tuesday.

The county's projected budget shortfall stands at $50 million. That's smaller than the $350 million budget gap supervisors had to close last year, but it still means the county executive has put forth what he calls another bare-bones budget -- one that would deny county employees pay increases for the third straight year.

Education also figures to be a hot topic at the coming public hearings. The county executive's proposal denies the 3 percent funding increase requested by the school district, putting teacher pay raises in jeopardy as well.

The county's property-tax rate would remain level under the proposal, but that means average tax bills would go up, since home prices are on the rise again. Fiscal conservatives say the county should be providing actual tax relief as economic hard times continue.

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