FCPS Facing Up To $57.4 Million Deficit for 2018

Class size increase of 1 child per teacher proposed

It’s now wait-and-see for what the County and the School Boards set as final.

Fairfax County Public Schools and Fairfax County announced their budgets at the start of 2017 and continue trading versions with one another to come to an agreement of what will actually be funded by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, for school year 2017-2018. The budget process continues through May. Learn more about the budget process here.

YOU CAN HELP NOW by telling your County Board of Supervisors member and your School Board member that you want your schools to have:

  • Smaller classes
  • Competitive educator salaries
  • Quality programs

What has happened so far:

  • The County Board already projects a $100 million gap for 2019 between the County Board’s transfer of funding and the School Board’s future request. It is unclear what the plan is for addressing this long term and on-going problem. We think it’s a pretty big problem. What’s “Plan B” for the Meals Tax not passing in order raise needed revenue?
  • The Fairfax County Board set the advertised tax rate to be $1.13 per $100 of assessed value, which is the current FY 2017 rate. The rate determines how much revenue can be generated through the only local way we have to fund our schools – real estate taxes – which in turn sets the budget for FCPS and FX County that can ultimately be approved. (We get very little money from our state taxes: the bulk of funding comes from our local taxes). Since the rate was not increased, cuts to County and/or FCPS programs will be happening: $57.4 million worth. The biggest projected cut? $22.8 million to increase class size by 1 student per teacher.
  • Fairfax County Executive Edward Long released the County’s Advertised Budget plan. As follows the tradition, Fairfax County presents a budget that allocates an amount for FCPS that is less than what FCPS requested in its Advertised Budget days before. While the County Board proposed a Meals Tax during the Fall 2016 election to raise $100 Million in revenue (which failed), the County budget now proposes no new tax increases to raise revenue; as such, the plan to raise needed revenue is unclear. Read more here. A $57.4 million gap remains between the advertised transfer from the County Board and the School Board’s request.
  • Fairfax County School Board adopted its FY 2018 School Board Advertised Budget of $2.8 billion, an increase of 5.1 percent, or $135.1 million, from the FY 2017 Approved Budget. The “advertised” budget is essentially the budget that the School Board would like the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to appropriate funding for.
  • Public Town Hall Budget Meetings held in February and April.
  • County Board of Supervisors held Public Budget Hearings from April 4-6. The final public hearings before County Board sets the available funding amount to FCPS is on May 2.
  • See here for a continued list of dates in the budget timeline.