Arlington County Board Advertises Tax Rate for CY 2016

Published on February 23, 2016

  • Advertised rate unchanged from CY 2016
  • Rate adopted in April will be at or below advertised rate
  • Two public hearings in March
  • Tax rate, fee changes, budget to be adopted in April

The Arlington County Board today voted unanimously to advertise a property tax rate unchanged from the Calendar Year 2016 tax rate of $0.996 per $100 of assessed value, including the $0.013 stormwater sanitary district tax.

"The Manager presented a Proposed Budget that included a recommended half-cent reduction in the property tax rate," said Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey. "I believe this Board wants to provide that tax relief, however, we are choosing to keep some flexibility while we watch the economy, listen to the public in March and consider potential changes to the Manager's Proposed Budget. The Board is acutely aware that it cannot adopt a higher tax rate for Calendar Year 2016 than what we advertise, but we can adopt a lower tax rate."

The Board will hold public hearings on the budget, including the proposed tax rate and proposed fees, in March and adopt the budget on April 19. The 2017 fiscal year (FY) begins July 1, 2016.

County Manager presents proposed budget

The Board voted to advertise the rate after County Manager Mark Schwartz presented his proposed $1.19 billion budget for Fiscal Year (FY 2017). Excluding the transfer to Arlington Public Schools (APS), the County operations budget totals $727.5 million, a 2.7 percent increase over the adopted FY 2016 budget.

The proposed budget includes funding obligations for Metro, debt, employee compensation increases, and contractual increases, for affordable housing (AHIF) and housing grants. The transfer to APS (Arlington Public Schools) is $464.9 million, a $13.2 million increase over the adopted FY 2016 budget, which includes an increase of $10.8 million in ongoing funding and $2.4 million in one-time monies.

The Board also voted to advertise public hearings for proposed fee changes including:

  • Household solid waste rate increase of $36.24/year
  • Ambulance transport fees to Fairfax County levels
  • Library fine changes (increases and decreases) setting all fines at $0.30/day
  • Fee changes (increase and decreases) in some park and recreation areas

For more information, visit the FY 2017 Budget webpage on the County website.

Next steps


  • Tuesday, March 29 — Public hearing for the FY 2017 Budget -- the Board will hear testimony on both tax rate and budget.
  • Thursday, March 31 — Public hearing for the FY 2017 Budget -- the Board will hear testimony on both tax rate and budget.

The Board adopted new procedures for the FY 2017 public hearings. Instead of splitting the public hearings into one on tax rates and one on Budget, the public will be able to testify at each public hearing on either or both topics. Visit the County website for more details on the new procedures. To share your thoughts on the Proposed Budget, visit the County website.

Both hearings will begin at 7 p.m., in the County Board Room, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA. The County Board will adopt the Budget on April 19.