March 11, 2019
The city manager’s proposed FY 2020-2029 Capital Improvement Program budget weighs in at $1.6 billion. The public school system accounts for 28 percent; the next six largest categories account for 55 percent (“Community Development” principally includes affordable housing subsidies, Waterfront Park flood mitigation, fire department vehicles and apparatus); five remaining categories account for 18 percent. The big drop year-over-year in “All Else” results mainly from the city government transferring responsibility for half-a-billion dollars of sewer overhauls to the local water utility. But the cost didn’t go away; users will still pay for it through their bills from Alexandria Renew Enterprises. Since last year, the state also instituted dedicated funding for WMATA, relieving some funding pressure on local jurisdictions.
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Ahead of budget public hearing, council considers long-term investments, especially in schools and other city facilities.