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Why there's no money for Fairfax County parks and libraries ...

posted Mar 20, 2010, 6:32 AM by Arthur Purves   [ updated Jan 16, 2011, 6:08 AM by Fairfax County Taxpayers Alliance ]

Compared to Fiscal Year 2000, the Fairfax County advertised FY2011 budget cuts inflation-adjusted spending for parks and libraries by 38 percent to help pay for a 70 percent increase in the cost of employee benefits.

In dollars, the cut to parks and libraries is $30M and the increase in the cost of employee benefits is $103M.

Also, between FY2000 and FY2011, Fairfax County inflation-adjusted spending for public schools will have increased more than twice as fast as enrollment (32% vs. 13%).  That is an increase of $607M for schools.