The Prince William Board of County Supervisors adopted its Fiscal 2015 Budget and Capital Improvement Program during its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.
The $990 million budget will fund the board’s top priorities, which include: new libraries in Gainesville and Montclair, a 204-bed expansion at the Prince William County Adult Detention Center, finishing the 2006 Park Bond Referendum and adding new police and fire positions.
As part of the adopted budget, the board allocated $486.7 million, or 57.23 percent, of the county’s general revenues to the Prince William County Public School System. Anticipated state and federal funding would bring the school system’s total budget to $1.3 billion.
Adding 25 new police officers and three civilian staff positions along with vehicle replacement will cost $4.7 million. Adding 11 new uniform fire positions for Basic Life Support and tanker staffing and two civilian positions will cost $1.3 million in Fiscal 2015.
The two new full service regional libraries were approved by voters as part of the 2006 Bond Referendum. The board allocated $14.2 million for the new library in Gainesville and $15.3 million for the new library in Montclair.
The 2006 Park Bond Referendum which called for improving existing parks and building new ones will cost roughly $13.7 million. The board also approved $45.6 million for future expansion of the adult detention center.
"The citizens of Prince William County have spoken, and this budget demonstrates that we have heard them clearly," said Chairman Corey Stewart. "This Board made a lot of cuts and sacrifices during the down times of the Recession, and now we must begin investing in the community if we are to maintain the quality of life and level of service our citizens expect and deserve. The Board had to work diligently to get the job done and find a way to meet the needs of our citizens at the lowest cost possible, which we have done."
In adopting the budget the board agreed to a reduced tax rate of $1.148 per $100 of assessed value which will bring the average tax bill to $3,788.