City Budget Will Be Adopted May 1

City Budget Will Be Adopted May 1

Since City Manager James Parajon presented the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Proposed Budget to the City Council and community, the City Council has held several work sessions with City leaders to assess the current state of resources and programs. These conversations, along with feedback from the community during hearings and other engagements, inform councilmembers’ FY 2025 funding priorities. 

In March, Council voted unanimously to set a real estate tax rate of up to $1.15 per $100 of assessed value; 4 cents above the current rate. This advertised maximum tax rate is the highest rate Council can adopt this budget process. They have up to an additional 4 cents of new revenue to fund any new programs or resources they deem necessary in the final budget.  

The next milestone in the budget process is the Add/Delete period. This is the time Council, based on the ongoing discussions and work sessions, “adds” or “deletes” programs, services, or resources in the budget ahead of the final adoption on May 1.  

Feedback from the community is critical to the budget process. The Add/Delete Public Hearing is on Saturday, April 13. All Alexandrians- homeowners, renters, established residents, and those new to Alexandria are encouraged to sign up and speak.  

Opportunities to Engage   

Before the maximum real estate tax is adopted, Alexandrians can also provide feedback through the Public Comment Form until April 29.   

Public Hearings   

To provide feedback on the proposed plans, attend one of the public hearings below. All events will be held in person and virtually.     

* Saturday, April 13: City Council Public Hearing Meeting: Add/Delete   

* Wednesday, April 24: FY 2025 Budget: Tax Rate Public Hearing 

Listening Sessions   

To hear and learn more, attend the upcoming work sessions below:  

* Wednesday, April 3: FY 2025 Budget Work Session #5   

* Wednesday, April 24: FY 2025 Budget Work Session #6: Preliminary Add/Delete    

* Monday, April 29: FY 2025 Budget Work Session #7: Final Add/Delete   

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