FY 2020 Budget Information
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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 News & Information
County Board Adopted FY 2020 Budget
The County Board adopted a $1.4 billion balanced budget on April 23, 2019. The final adopted budget document is available (8/6/19).
Adopted Budget Page | News Release | VIDEO: Final Budget Mark-Up | Department Work Sessions
How You Can Get Involved
Watch a County Board Work Session
Work sessions are an opportunity for the County Board to review the County Manager’s proposed budget department by department. Watch past sessions.
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Budget Timeline & Additional Resources
Step 1: County Manager Gathers Input
When: Fall/Winter 2018-19
The County Manager will gather input from his leadership team, County employees, the County Board and the Arlington community. This input will help frame and develop the Manager’s Proposed Budget, which he will present to the Board in February.
Step 2: Proposed Budget Released
When: Feb. 21 & 23, 2019
The County Manager presented his Proposed FY 2020 Budget to the County Board at a Board work session and again at the monthly Board meeting in February.
Step 3: County Board Gathers Feedback
When: Feb.–Apr. 2019
The County Board hosted a series of work sessions with County agencies and hold two public hearings — on Apr. 2 & 4 — as it considered the Manager’s budget proposal.
Step 4: Final Adoption by County Board
When: Apr. 2019
Following extensive review and consideration, the County Board adopted the final FY 2020 operating budget.
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.