The residents of Arlington County has seen tax-rate hikes over the past two years with the approval of new county budgets, but this year could be different. On Thursday, County Manager Mark Schwartz announced his proposed 2021 budget, in which he proposes no tax-rate change.
According to wtop.com, “The proposed $1.4 billion budget includes a large chunk — 40% — going to Arlington Public Schools. That’s $17.7 million more than last year. There is something in the budget for many county employees, including a raise of up to 3.5%, six weeks of parental leave and a day off on Election Day. And both the police and fire departments will be able to add to their forces. Tax revenue in the county is up 4.6% overall due to upticks in real estate assessments and the office tax base.”
As per wtop.com, “Metro will get $1.7 million more from the county to help with its operating budget and for Phase 2 of the Silver Line project, which will link the train line to Dulles International Airport. Fees for solid waste, water and sewer will go up. Getting certified copies of vital records, such as birth and death certificates, will rise. Also, registering residential alarms and fees associated with false alarms will also increase. For those who forget to return library books, there is a provision they may want to get behind. Schwartz called for the elimination of library fines, with a goal of making “library collections more accessible to all users.”