​Board Adopts Fiscal 2016 Budget and Real Estate Tax Rate

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The Prince William Board of County Supervisors approved a real estate tax rate of $1.122 per $100 of assessed value during its Tuesday night meeting. The average assessed home value in Prince William County currently stands at $331,768, which will generate an average, annual tax bill of $3,722.

Fiscal 2016 is the fourth year in a row that the board has decreased the tax rate. In Fiscal 2013, the tax rate stood at $1.209 per $100 of assessed value. The total budget for the county, which includes all federal, state and local taxes and fee-based revenues, stands at $2.7 billion.

According to its revenue sharing agreement with the Prince William County School System, the Board of County Supervisors shares 57.23 percent of general revenue with the school system. This year’s budget allocates roughly $507 million to the school system from the General Fund, leaving approximately $493 million for other county programs and services. In addition, the Board will offer the School Board an additional $1 million in matching funds to pay for class size reduction. The School Board will have to identify an additional $1 million in school revenues to reduce class size in order to receive the matching grant funds.

The adopted budget adds a number of public safety positions including: 25 police officers, 23 firefighters and six emergency dispatchers, two nurses for the Prince William Manassas Adult Detention Center, a law clerk and two sheriff’s deputies. Also included in the budget is the addition of 10 detention officers at the Prince William County Juvenile Detention Center. The addition of the detention officers was necessary to keep the county in compliance with the federally-mandated Prison Rape Elimination Act. According to county documents, the total cost for the new public safety positions is $5.5 million.

The county will also spend roughly $3 million to equip 500 police officers with body cameras. The Board also agreed to continue constructing the Central District Police Station and the Bacon Race Fire Station as part of the adopted Fiscal 2016-2021 Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

Also included in the CIP were critical transportation projects, including: improvements to the Prince William Parkway between Old Bridge and Minnieville roads; improvements to U.S. 1 between Neabsco Mills and Featherstone roads; and improvements to Va. 28 between Linton Hall Road and Fitzwater Drive.

Other road improvements on the books include: improvements to the intersection of Fuller and Fuller Heights roads; the realignment of the entrance road at Hellwig Park; a sidewalk on Kettle Run Road; improvements to Log Mill Road between Parnell Court and Meander Creek Lane; improvements at Minnieville Road and Prince William Parkway; improvements to Purcell Road at Minnieville Road; improvements to U.S. 1 between Mary’s Way and Featherstone Road; and a turn lane modification on Va. 234 at U.S. Route 1. The projected expense for all of the county’s transportation projects currently stands at $204.8 million.

Lastly as part of the CIP, the county will continue to invest in parks adding capacity to allow more of the county youth to participate in sports.

The board also approved $6.8 million for a 2-percent market adjustment pay raise for the roughly 4,375 county employees, and reinstated the 401(a) retirement program, which had been suspended since 2010.

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