Nearly every day, Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay says he hears from constituents who want him to support school initiatives, but the supervisors have no authority over that.
Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are proposing a measure to make the budget process more transparent to the public. One way is through a new interactive online tool and a new section of the citizen's guide.
McKay says he's heard from people who are upset about cuts to human services programs, but he says that's because of federal and state cutbacks. Ultimately, he says, people misunderstand the budget.
"It looks mostly at internal influences and doesn't look at political realities," says McKay. "And I think we need to start explaining to people the political realities of how our hands are tied."