FY 2021 Budget Information

Looking for information on the FY 2022 Proposed Budget? Find the details here.

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 2021 Budget

The County Board adopted a $1.3 billion balanced budget on April 30, 2020. The final adopted budget document is available.

Adopted Budget Page | News ReleaseVIDEO: 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 2019-20

The County Manager gathered 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 presented to the Board in February.

Step 2: Proposed Budget Released

When: Feb. 20 & 25, 2020 and Apr. 6, 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 and a Revised FY 2021 Budget in April.

Step 3: County Board Gathers Feedback

When: March–April 2020

The County Board hosted a series of work sessions with County agencies and held a virtual public hearing on Apr. 23 as it considered the Manager’s budget proposal.

Step 4: Final Adoption by County Board

When: April 2020

Following extensive review and consideration, the County Board adopted the final FY 2021 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.