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Alexandria budget increases school funding, raises recycling, transportation fees

Posted on May 03,2019
Filed Under Local Politics , Politics,

Source Wtop

By Jennifer Ortiz

Schools in Alexandria, Virginia, will get more money during the 2020 fiscal year, but it’s going to cost taxpayers more to recycle and take the bus.

The Alexandria City Council Wednesday adopted a budget of $761.5 million for the 2020 fiscal year. The budget is an increase of 1.75% over the current year.

Real estate tax rates will remain unchanged at $1.13 per $100 of assessed value. This would increase the average homeowner’s tax bill by 1.9% or $118 per year, based on 2019 real estate assessments.

  • Public schools will get $231.7 million in operating funds, an increase of 3.5% or $7.8 million.
  • Alexandria’s Capital Improvement Program will get $1.62 billion over 10 years.
  • The fee for trash and recycling will go up 10.2% — or $38, from $373 to $411.The higher trash and recycling costs are the result of higher contractor costs and China;s new strict recycling standards. WasteSmart initiatives will be funded through $5 of the annual fee increase.

Source Wtop

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