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The budget of Fairfax County is larger than the budget of many countries across the globe.
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The budget of Fairfax County is larger than the budget of many countries across the globe.

Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are considering a $6.7 billion budget-- a 6-percent increase over last year's numbers. The blueprint for spending represents the last proposal from outgoing county executive Anthony Griffin, who will be stepping down in a few months.

"If you take a look at where we were at the end of World War II, when we were the second largest dairy producing county in the state of Virginia and we had 50,000 people and you look at where we are today at 1.1 million people, we had huge challenges," says Griffin, taking the long view.

Since that time, Fairfax County has emerged as the powerhouse of Northern Virginia with an operating budget that exceeds many countries across the globe.

Griffin's plan keeps the current property tax rate of $1.07 for every $100 of assessed value. As property values are on the rise, that means the average homeowner will pay approximately $4,000 in property taxes, about $34 more than last year.

The proposed budget includes a 2.1 percent market-rate adjustment for county employees, increased stormwater fees, and $560,000 to conduct the presidential election in November.

Several members of the Board of Supervisors said Tuesday they are uncomfortable with recent cuts to libraries and parks, which have seen more than $30 million cut over the last four years.


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