Budget & Capital Projects

COVID-19 Updates

Due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in our community, the previously announced FY2021 Budget Schedule is postponed until further notice. Please visit www.fallschurchva.gov/COVID for the latest COVID-19 information in the City of Falls Church. 

NEW: Fiscal Update (April 6, 2020)

The City's Chief Financial Officers presented a financial update to the City Council on April 6. Read and download the presentation here.

Proposed Budget and CIP for Fiscal Year 2021

The proposed budget will be presented at the March 9 City Council meeting. The proposed Capital Improvements Program (CIP) was presented to the Planning Commission in February. After revisions it will be included with the proposed budget. Full budget schedule here and below:

  • Monday, March 9: City Manager Presents Proposed Budget and CIP
  • Monday, March 16: City Council Reviews the Budget
  • Sunday, March 22: Town Hall Meeting
  • Monday, March 23: First Reading of the Budget Ordinance, Tax and Utility Rates, and CIP; Public Hearing
  • Monday, April 6: City Council Reviews the Budget
  • Monday, April 13: Public Hearing
  • Monday, April 20: City Council Reviews the Budget for the Final Mark-Up
  • Monday, April 27: Second Reading of the Budget Ordinance, Tax and Utility Rates, and CIP; Anticipated Adoption of the Budget and CIP; Public Hearing

Proposed Budget & CIP

Current Budget & CIP

Budget Process

The City Council approves a budget each year to fully serve its 14,000 residents and nationally recognized school system. The City's fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30; for example, FY2020 begins on July 1, 2019 and ends June 30, 2020.

The City Manager typically presents the proposed budget in mid-March. After a number of public hearings, town hall meetings, and work sessions, the City Council typically adopts the budget in late April. A calendar of meeting dates, public hearings, and town halls is available here.

Capital Improvements Program

The five-year Capital Improvements Program (CIP) identifies capital needs of the community and indicates how these needs will be funded over the five-year period. In general, only projects that cost more than $150,000 and have a useful life in excess of 10 years qualify for funding in the CIP. The CIP is updated annually and is subject to change with each update.