Dear Human Services Supporter:

Fairfax County is in the midst of formulating its budget for the coming fiscal year that begins on July 1, 2017. Joe Biden said, “Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.” We want the new budget to adequately express the value we give to human services.

The Advertised FY 2018 Budget includes several reductions in funding for human services, a few important and much-needed  increases in funding, and level funding for most human services programs. Furthermore, the County Executive has identified a number of significant unfunded human services priorities, where planned increases were impossible because of limited revenue.

The proposed human services increases and even the level funding are not “safe” from Board cuts. Here's why:

  • The Board of Supervisors is under tremendous pressure by Schools advocates to increase the County General Fund Transfer to Fairfax County Public Schools. If the schools get what they ask, or even part of it, where would the funds come from? Will the Board find the money by cutting human services?
  • Because of limited resources, $19.8 million for the planned 1.65% Market Rate Adjustment (MRA) for County employees was not included in the FY 2018 Budget. The pay plan allows for the deferral of MRAs in years of budgetary constraints, but Board members are concerned about this issue.

For these and other reasons, even though the County Executive's proposed  Budget has only a few cuts in human services, some Board members may be looking for places to make additional reductions.

Your voice on behalf of human services and our vulnerable populations, therefore, should be heard. As advocates for these services, we need to speak out in large numbers to urge the Board to approve the County Executive's recommendations for increased and level funding (as appropriate) and to allocate resources to the unfunded human services priorities. We need to tell them to make no cuts in human services funding.

Let me draw your attention to the following attached items:

Please send this advocacy information to others who might be concerned about human services in FY 2018.

Please contact me (703-237-2035;This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Marlene Blum (703-560-7020;This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with questions, etc.

Sincerely,

Christopher Fay, Chair

Fairfax County Alliance for Human Services

(The Fairfax County Alliance for Human Services is a non-partisan, community-based partnership of citizens, public and private providers, and users of human services that supports and advocates for all human services.)