Provided by Prince William County
The Fiscal Year 2021 budget season kicked off with a presentation to the Board of County Supervisors on the proposed Fiscal Year 2021-2026 Capital Improvements Program (CIP). The CIP is a six-year plan that details the county’s facility and infrastructure projects.
Prince William County’s Management and Budget Director David Sinclair presented the CIP. He explained that the 2019 Bond Referendum, approved by voters in November, gave the Board of County Supervisors the authority to issue $396 million in bonds to build roads and parks across the county. As yet, the Board has not exercised the authority to finance any of the projects included in the referendum, Sinclair said. Some regional transportation money from the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) is available to fund preliminary design work to start the process of completing the road projects.
The NVTA manages public funds for transportation projects designed to reduce congestion throughout Northern Virginia. NVTA funds must be used on transportation projects and can be spent on engineering and design for the road projects. Sinclair said that the county has saved enough NVTA money over the years to pay for design work on three of the transportation projects included in the bond referendum. Those projects are- the Devlin Road widening project, improvements at the intersection of Minnieville Road and the Prince William Parkway, and improvements at the Old Bridge Road-Route 123 intersection.
Design work on the projects would take 18 to 30 months to complete. Right-of-way acquisitions, which are not yet funded, would need to be completed before construction can begin, according to Sinclair.
The projects for a Route 28 corridor feasibility study and improvements at Summit School Road and Telegraph Road already have funding for design.
Parks projects included in the bond referendum remain unfunded.
Public Safety, Juvenile Detention and Judicial Center
Other projects in the CIP include expansion at the Prince William County Public Safety Training Center, the Juvenile Detention Center and improvements at the Judicial Center.
A master plan for the future buildout of the Public Safety Training Center has been completed. Some of the components of the project include new classroom space, a rifle and pistol range, firearms support and space for support staff. There is $3 million in the proposed CIP budget to move forward with planning and design. If planning and design started later this year, the process would take approximately 18 months. The board will hold a work session in March to discuss the project at greater length, Sinclair said.
A planning study is underway for the expansion of the Juvenile Detention Center. The study, scheduled to be completed this spring, is a requirement to get 50-percent matching funds from the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice. Once the study is complete and is approved by the Department of Juvenile Justice, the board will hold a work session to hear staff recommendations.
The master plan to update and expand the Prince William Judicial Center is also underway. The improvements would address a lack of adequate parking, court expansions and space at annex buildings.
Fire and Rescue Stations and Other Maintenance
Fire and Rescue Station 22, scheduled to be completed in January 2021, will need $2.3 million in FY21 to staff the engine unit there. Design for Fire and Rescue Station 27 will begin in July 2021 with an occupancy date planned for 2024. Design for Fire and Rescue Station 28 is set to begin in Fiscal 2026.
The proposed CIP also includes plans for maintenance and replacement at several county buildings for heating ventilation and air conditioning, roof replacements, boiler replacements, sidewalk and path paving, and pool repair and filter replacement from Fiscal Year 2022-2025.
The next step of the budget process is the presentation of the Proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Budget, which will occur next Tuesday during the board’s 7:30 p.m. meeting.
The CIP is guided by the county’s Strategic Plan, Comprehensive Plan and Principles of Sound Financial Management. Funding sources for County projects include the general fund, debt, state/federal, fire levy, stormwater management fees, proffers, the transportation reserve, capital reserve, internal service fund balance, and solid waste fees.
More information about the Proposed CIP and Budget is available at pwcgov.org/budget.