Loudoun proposes $2.5 billion budget

Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet kicked off the county’s annual budget review process Wednesday by presenting a proposed spending plan for fiscal 2018 that funds almost all of the school system’s request and provides staffing for several new facilities while holding property tax bills steady.

The $2.5 billion budget complies with the Board of Supervisors’ demand for a plan that avoids increasing the average homeowners’ tax bills. It would boost local funding by $61 million for the school system and $27.7 million for the general county government.

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The Washington Post, Feb. 19, 2017

Loudoun supervisors adopt budget

Torn between the competing goals of fully funding the school board’s budget request and avoiding a tax increase, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors settled on a compromise spending plan Tuesday for fiscal 2017.

Three Republican supervisors joined three Democrats to approve a $2.46 billion budget that slightly raises the real property tax rate but falls about $16.9 million short of the school board’s request. The school board is now considering options for closing the gap.

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Washington Post, April 10, 2016

 

County Administrator recommends tax hike

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County Administrator Tim Hemstreet

Loudoun County Administrator Tim Hemstreet followed the Board of Supervisors’ instructions and delivered a budget plan for the county government and school system for fiscal 2017 that would hold the property tax rate steady at $1.135 per $100 of assessed value.

But Hemstreet stopped short of recommending the $2.5 billion spending plan, which he presented Feb. 10, saying that it was “not adequate to protect the current level of service in many areas.”

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Washington Post, February 21, 2016

Taxpayers paying for Silver Line?

Loudoun might have to dip into the county’s general fund to help pay for the extension of Metrorail’s Silver Line into the county, and that possibility raised the eyebrows of at least one supervisor at a Board of Supervisors meeting.

Washington Post, June 9, 2014

Deal valued at $1.4 million

Loudoun County’s controversial eight-year, $2 million marketing agreement with Washington’s NFL team was worth $1.4 million in marketing value last year, according to a report from the county’s Department of Economic Development.

Washington Post, April 30, 2014

Supervisors defend deal again

Is Loudoun County’s marketing agreement with Washington’s NFL team helping attract businesses to the county? That’s the question a growing number of critics are asking about the controversial agreement.

Washington Post, March 31, 2014

Supervisors defend deal

Members of the Board of Supervisors defended Loudoun County’s controversial marketing agreement with Washington’s NFL team during a budget work session Thursday, calling it a valuable economic development tool for the county but not saying how it promotes tourism.

Washington Post, March 15, 2014

The Post’s Tom Jackman comments on the issue here.

Marketing agreement criticized

Buried 784 pages deep in Loudoun’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 is a $500,000 expenditure that has caused grumbling in the county’s rural business community. The expenditure represents Loudoun’s payment to the Washington NFL football team as part of an unusual eight-year marketing partnership.

February 26, 2014

The Post’s Tom Jackman weighs in on the story here.