Budget & Capital Projects

Current Budget & CIP

Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget and CIP

FY2020 Budget Meetings and Events

See the Budget Calendar for a full list of upcoming meetings and events

Past Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

  • Planning Commission (February 19, 2019) 
    • Anticipated approval of Proposed Capital Improvements Program (CIP) 2020-2025
  • City Council Meeting (March 11, 2019)
    • City Manager will present proposed FY 2020 Budget and CIP
  • City Council Work Session (March 18, 2019)
    • City Council will review portion of proposed budget with City staff. 
  • Town Hall (March 24, 2019)
    • City and school officials will make a presentation and answer questions on the Proposed FY 2020 Budget and Capital Improvements Program (CIP) as well as the West Falls Church Economic Development project and George Mason High School project.
  • City Council Meeting (March 25, 2019)
    • The City Council will hear a first reading on the proposed budget ordinance, tax rates, and Capital Improvements Program (CIP). There will be a public comment opportunity.
  • City Council Work Session (April 1, 2019)
    • City Council will review portion of proposed budget with City staff. 
  • City Council Meeting (April 8, 2019)
    • The City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget ordinance, tax rates, and Capital Improvements Program (CIP). There will be a public comment opportunity.
  • City Council Work Session (April 15, 2019)
    •  City Council reviews portion of the proposed budget with staff. 
  • City Council Meeting (April 22, 2019)
    • The City Council will hold a second reading and public hearing on the proposed budget ordinance, tax rates, and Capital Improvements Program. It is anticipated that the City Council will adopt the ordinances at this meeting. There will be a public comment opportunity.


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.