Fiscal Year 2021 Approved Budget
On April 29, 2020, the Alexandria City Council unanimously adopted a Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 General Fund Operating Budget of $753.3 million, which represents decrease of 1.6% over the current year. The real estate tax rate remains at $1.13 per $100 of assessed value. The approved budget reflects the changes submitted by the City Manager on April 7, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The approved budget includes $234.0 million in operating funds for public schools (a 1.0%, or $2.4 million increase over FY 2020 funding), and invests $2.1 billion over 10 years in Alexandria’s Capital Improvement Program. FY 2021 begins on July 1, 2020 and ends June 30, 2021. For a brief description and highlights of the budget, please refer to this news release or review the FY 2021 Approved Budget in Brief.
Please see the FY 2021 Budget Calendar and Resources link below for more information on the Council Retreat, Council Budget Guidance and overall budget process.
- FY 2021 Approved Operating Budget & CIP Documents
- FY 2021 Budget Calendar
- FY 2021 Budget Resources
- FY 2021 Budget Questions & Answers
Fiscal Year 2021 Proposed Budget
FY 2021 Proposed Budget Version 2.0 (Posted April 7, 2020)
Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Development
On February 18, 2020, City Manager Mark Jinks proposed a $799.9 million General Fund operating budget for FY 2021. For the third year in a row, the proposed budget does not require a tax increase or major service reductions to fund government operations and 100% of the Superintendent’s request for Alexandria City Public Schools. The 10-year Capital Improvement Program for FY 2021 to 2030 totals $2.10 billion. The proposed 10-year CIP reflects a 2-cent increase in the real estate tax for School and City capital projects for FY 2021, FY 2023, and FY 2025. These new tax funds would start as cash capital sources and then convert to debt service over time. For a brief description and highlights of the budget, please refer to this news release, the Budget in Brief pamphlet, and Budget Question #01: What is the proposed schedule and add/delete process for FY 2020 budget deliberations?
On April 7, 2020, the City Manager released a revised FY 2021 Proposed Operating Budget and CIP Version 2.0 in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the effects of which resulted in a sudden $56.4 million reduction in FY 2021 revenue as well as a $35.8 million shortfall in the current fiscal year 2020. The City Manager’s recommendations to City Council for addressing the revenue reduction are contained within the Budget 2.0 document. For a brief description of the budget changes, please review this news release.
Fiscal Year 2020 Approved Budget
On May 1, the Alexandria City Council unanimously adopted a Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 General Fund Operating Budget of $761.5 million, which represents an increase of just 1.75% over the current year. The approved budget includes $231.7 million in operating funds for public schools (a 3.5%, or $7.8 million increase over FY 2019 funding), and invests $1.62 billion over 10 years in Alexandria’s Capital Improvement Program. FY 2020 begins on July 1, 2019 and ends June 30, 2020.
- FY 2020 Approved Operating Budget & CIP Documents
For a brief description and highlights of the budget, please refer to this news release, the Budget in Brief pamphlet, and Budget Question #79: Summary of Decisions from the Final Add/Delete Work Session.
- FY 2020 Budget Calendar
- FY 2020 Budget Resources
- FY 2020 Budget Questions and Answers
Budget documents and Information for Fiscal Years 2002 through 2018, including approved operating budgets, Capital Improvement Programs, Budget in Briefs and Budget Memoranda.
Capital Projects Status Report
The Quarterly Capital Projects Status Report details the City's current Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects. Along with budget and financial data, information is provided on the history and current status of the projects, project highlights from the previous quarter, and anticipated project progress in the forthcoming quarter. This report is presented to City Council by the Office of Management and Budget and made available to the public.
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)
Provided by the Finance Department's Accounting Division, the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) represents the City's overall financial position at the end of each fiscal year and reports the City's activities and balances for each fiscal year.
The purpose of this fee compendium is to provide a readily available source of information on the fees and service charges assessed by City departments. Although it is our intent to keep this information updated, there may be a lag between changes and when they are posted in this document. It is therefore possible that discrepancies may arise between the information contained within this compendium and Resolutions/Ordinances passed by City Council or regulations issued by departments. In any case, the Resolutions/Ordinances passed by City Council or regulations issued by departments shall be considered authority
Real Estate Tax Receipt Calculator
The Real Estate Tax Receipt Calculator is used to see a breakdown of your City taxes by Focus Area Team by entering your property's assessed value and selecting the appropriate tax year. Assessment values are available from our Real Estate Assessment Search.
Budget & Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee
The Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee (BFAAC) advises and supports the City Council by examining the City's budget procedures and processes; and recommends ways of improving that process, including participation by the public. The Committee typically meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. You can find the Committee's recent reports, resources provided to the committee by staff, as well as meeting agendas, schedules and minutes at the link below.