FY 2021 Budget Development

Arlington’s annual operating budget outlines spending on County programs, 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.

Review the FY 2021 Proposed Budget

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Step 1: County Manager Gathers Input

When: Fall/Winter 2019-20

The County Manager gathered input from his leadership team, County employees, the County Board and the Arlington community. This input helped frame and develop the Manager’s Proposed Budget, which he presented to the Board on Feb. 20.

A summary of the FY 2021 Budget Engagement Feedback can be found here.

Step 2: Proposed Budget Released

When: Feb. 2020

The County Manager presented his Proposed FY 2021 Budget to the County Board at a Board work session and at the monthly Board meeting in February.

Watch the FY 2021 Proposed Budget presentation

Step 3: County Board Gathers Feedback 

When: March–April 2020

The County Board hosts a series of work sessions with County agencies to learn more about the specifics of their budget proposals. The Board also holds two public hearings and gathers feedback online as it considers the Manager’s budget proposal. All sessions are held in the County Board Room. They are also cablecast and live-streamed on Arlington TV.

See the work session schedule and review department presentations

FY 2021 Budget Work Session Follow Up Responses (4/22/20)

Step 4: Final Adoption by County Board

When: April 2020

Following extensive review and consideration, the County Board adopts the final FY 2021 operating budget.

Arlington County Board Adopts FY 2021 Budget (4/30/20)

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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.