Following two public hearings and after receiving input from citizens online and in person, the Herndon Town Council has adopted a FY 2020 Budget of $53,932,691, a 10.4 percent decrease from the adopted FY 2019 Budget. The town’s FY 2020 begins July 1, 2019 and extends to June 30, 2020.
“We appreciate everyone who called, emailed, and provided in-person comments throughout the budget deliberation process,” said Mayor Lisa Merkel. “The newly-adopted budget funds the programs and service our citizens have told us are important to them.”
Highlights of the proposed FY 2020 Budget include:
Maintenance of the town real estate tax at its current level, with no increase recommended;
An increase of the town’s meals tax by one and one-quarter percentage point, from 2.5 percent to 3.75 percent, to fund ongoing capital improvements, Herndon Police Department operations, a Pedestrian Walkways project, an assistant town attorney position, and restoration of Parks & Recreation programs;
Continued allocation of resources to capital projects, including downtown redevelopment and Metro planning;
Allocation of resources to fund Town Council priorities, particularly in the areas of sustainability and maintaining a highly qualified workforce;
Continued emphasis on the use of technology to enhance efficiency, productivity and innovation in town operations; and
Increased personnel costs to include a 1.3 percent market rate adjustment and an average pay-for-performance increase of two percent.
The proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP) calls for funding of longer-term projects such as Elden and Monroe Street intersection improvements, sidewalk and trail improvements, vehicular and pedestrian access to Metro and Van Buren Street improvements.
FY 2020 Budget “Facts-at-a-Glance” follow. The complete budget will be available online by July 1.