FY 2019 Budget Information

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The FY 2019 Adopted Budget is available.

Arlington’s annual operating budget outlines spending on County services and administration for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1. The County Manager and County Board are committed to engaging the Arlington community in setting budget priorities.

Latest Budget News & Information

Important Dates
Thu, Feb. 22 County Manager presents Proposed Budget  (View Budget)
Feb.-Apr. 2018 Board Work Sessions to review budget details by department (Get Schedule and View Meetings)
Tue, Apr. 3 Public Budget Hearing (Watch the Video)
Thu, Apr. 5 Public Tax Rate(s) Hearing (Watch the Video)
Sat, Apr. 21 County Board adopts final budget (View Adopted Budget)

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Budget Timeline & Additional Resources

Step 1: County Manager Gathers Input

When: Fall 2017

The County Manager hosted a series of budget roundtables in the fall of 2017 to gather feedback from County residents, nonprofit organizations and business leaders. The Manager also received budget guidance from the County Board in November 2017. This input will help frame and develop the Manager’s Proposed Budget, which he will present in February.

Step 2: Proposed Budget Released

When: Feb. 22 & 24, 2018

The County Manager released his Proposed Budget for FY 2019 on Feb. 22, 2018, during a work session with the County Board. He presented the budget again at the County Board’s Regular Meeting on Sat., Feb. 24.

Step 3: County Board Gathers Feedback

When: Feb.–Apr. 2018

To gather input before adopting a final FY 2019 budget, the County Board hosted a series of work sessions with County agencies, held two public hearings, and solicited public feedback online. Public hearings took place Apr. 3 & 5.

Step 4: Final Adoption by County Board

When: Apr. 21, 2018

The Board adopted the FY 2019 operating budget at its Regular Meeting on Apr. 21, 2018.

Click here to view the County Board’s budget balancing tool used for final budget decisions.

More About the Budget

Arlington County’s budget follows an annual cycle, with the fiscal year starting July 1 and ending June 30. The fiscal year budget serves as the annual operating plan and is one of the three major strategic documents in the County regarding planning, in conjunction with the County Comprehensive Plan.

During the fiscal year, the Department of Management and Finance reviews the current budget at midyear and for the closeout of the fiscal year. As part of developing an annual budget, the Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee (FAAC) provides further review of the County Manager’s proposed budget. The County’s budget process is consistent each year, though specific dates may change.