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Metrobus and Metrorail Service Changes Proposed in Alexandria

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is proposing changes to Metrorail and Metrobus service as part of its Fiscal Year 2018 budget. Please visit this link by 9:00 AM on Monday, February 6, 2017 to provide feedback on these proposed changes.

WMATA proposes adjusting rush hour and non-rush hour service on all rail lines. Proposed changes for the Yellow and Blue lines serving Alexandria would include:

  • A reduction in rush hour Yellow Line service from every 6 minutes to every 8 minutes
  • An increase in rush hour Blue Line service from every 12 minutes to every 8 minutes
  • A reduction in non-rush hour and weekend service from every 12 minutes to every 15 minutes

Two bus routes with stops in Alexandria would be affected by the proposed budget. The proposal would eliminate the 7X (Lincolnia – Pentagon) and 28X (Leesburg Pike Limited) routes.

The proposed fare adjustments include increasing the Metrorail rush hour fare up to $0.10 and the Metrorail non-rush hour fare up to $0.25. Regular and express Metrobus fares would increase by $0.25.

Please visit this link for additional detail regarding proposed fare changes.

(Feature photo via Bossi, on Flickr)


Alexandria City Council Adopts Fiscal Year 2017 Budget

By a 6-0 vote on May 5, the Alexandria City Council adopted a $678.5 million General Fund Operating Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, and an All Funds budget of $840.3 million, which represent increases over the current year of 4.5% and 1.9%, respectively. FY 2017 begins on July 1, 2016. You can find out more about the budget process online.

The adopted budget includes a 3-cent increase in the real estate tax rate ($1.073 on each $100 of assessed value). Two cents of this increase will fund priority capital improvement projects such as a new pre-K facility, street paving and multimodal “Complete Streets” improvements, municipal broadband, and major facility repairs including museums and the Courthouse. The budget also includes a $206.6 million transfer to schools (a 3.9% increase over FY 2016 funding, and 45% of all new General Fund revenue) and maintains $1.6 billion of investments over 10 years in Alexandria’s Capital Improvement Program.


If you weren’t able to watch City Manager Mark Jinks’ presentation on the FY 2017 budget to City Council or attend this week’s presentation at Beatley Central Library, thanks to AlexTV, you can watch the Beatley Central Library presentation right here.

What are your thoughts on the 2017 budget for Alexandria, Virginia?

City Manager Proposes One (1) Cent Property Tax Increase in FY 2017 Budget

On February 23, City Manager Mark B. Jinks presented City Council with a proposed General Fund Operating Budget of $671.6 million and an All Funds budget of $833.1 million, which represent increases over the current year of 3.46% and 1%, respectively. This budget includes $206.6 million in operating funds for public schools (a 3.9% increase over FY 2016 funding when a $3.0 million lease cost contingent is included), and invests $1.6 billion over 10 years in Alexandria’s Capital Improvement Program.

The proposed budget includes a real estate tax rate increase of one cent per $100 of assessed value, or a new rate of $1.053. This will raise $3.8 million towards the projected $5 million cost of increased school enrollment in FY 2017 and the cost to make firefighter and other salaries competitive in the region. The proposed rate remains significantly below that of all major Northern Virginia jurisdictions for commercial property, and all but one jurisdiction for residential property. Combining the new rate with modest growth in real estate assessments, the average homeowner’s real estate tax bill would increase by approximately $14 per month, or less than 50 cents per day.



Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Conveys Urgency of Capacity Issues

The Alexandria City School Board voted on Thursday to approve the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budget for FY 2017-2026 that resolves some of the elementary and secondary capacity issues through innovative programing and the addition of space.

The School Board voted to support a modernization program that seeks to add much-needed and long-awaited capacity to school buildings and bring them in line with modern education specifications. The CIP is aligned with the ACPS 2020 Strategic Plan, which includes designing optimal and equitable learning environments to support high-performing schools.

The final ten-year CIP budget totals $291.2 million, which is $14.5 million less than last year’s final FY 2016-2025 CIP.   (more…)

alexandria logoThis fall, the City will kick off the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget process with a series of community meetings to gather input on budget priorities. City Council will hear the results of these efforts at its annual retreat in November as members develop their FY 2017 budget guidance to the City Manager.

The meetings will provide an overview of the FY 2017 budget process and some of the major budgetary challenges currently faced by the City. After this brief overview, participants will break out into small facilitated groups to discuss budget priorities for FY 2017 and how to stay engaged in the budget process.

All Alexandria residents and business representatives are encouraged to participate on one of the dates listed below. Each meeting will follow the same format and cover the same material.

  • Thursday, October 15, 7:30 p.m., Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St.
  • Tuesday, October 20, 7 p.m., Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St.
  • Saturday, October 24, 10 a.m., T.C. Williams High School Minnie Howard Campus, 3801 W. Braddock Rd.
  • Wednesday, November 4, 7 p.m., Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 W. Reed Ave

Those unable to attend in person may participate online at a “virtual table” established for each meeting, by using live streaming video and text chat to watch the meeting and engage with other online participants.

For more information about the budget process and engagement opportunities, including links to the virtual tables at the times of the meetings, visit this link.

General Fund Revenue Collections Increase 8.1% and $553.3 Million Ahead of Forecast

Virginia State Employees and Educators can Expect a Pay Raise

GovernorTerry McAuliffeGovernor Terry McAuliffe announced today that preliminary figures indicate that the state concluded fiscal year 2015 with an approximately $553.3 million surplus from general fund revenue collections, excluding transfers. This represents the largest fiscal year-end surplus in the Commonwealth’s history, exceeding the $544.6 million surplus in fiscal year 2005.

The Governor also announced that Virginia’s revenue picture has satisfied criteria in the state budget to allow for a pay increase for state employees across the Commonwealth.

“Virginia’s significant revenue growth and preliminary year-end revenue surplus are a clear indication that our efforts to grow and diversify our economy are paying off,” said Governor McAuliffe. “While we still have more work to do to shield our economy from sequestration and federal cuts, there is no question that we are headed in the right direction. I want to thank the bipartisan leaders in the General Assembly who worked with my team earlier this year to close a major revenue shortfall, get state employees a much-deserved raise and lay a foundation for future growth. I look forward to working with my colleagues to build on this momentum and lay a foundation for a new Virginia economy.”


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