Fairfax County tentatively OKs budget, tax increase

Fairfax County supervisors on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a $6.7 billion budget that raises real estate taxes on the average household by about $80 and increases spending by $175 million over this year. After weeks of public hearings on the proposed spending plan, board members approved a number of amendments, including $3.3 million for affordable-housing initiatives, and $1.36 million for social services, including homeless shelters and adult learning programs. They also approved the first raise for county employees since 2009. The budget is up for final approval May 1.

Washington Examiner

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