Flags presentation 3 22-10


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This presentation from our March 22 meeting discusses the County budget and cuts as well as County BOS public hearing strategy and talking points. The State budget impact & revised FCPS FY 2011 Advertised Budget portion of this presentation was given separately by Kristen Michael, director of FCPS Budget Office.

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Flags presentation 3 22-10

  1. 1. State Budget & New Strategy March 22, 2010 CPES
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>State & School Budgets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FY 2011 Advertised Budget (Kristen Michael) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>County Budget & Cuts </li></ul><ul><li>New Advocacy Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>BOS Public Hearing Talking Points & Tips </li></ul><ul><li>Rally </li></ul><ul><li>Key Dates & Decision Timeline </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introductions <ul><li>Fairfax FLAGS (Foreign Language Advocacy for Grade Schools) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sandy Knox & Tina Meek, [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FACE (Fairfax Arts Coalition for Education) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mary Wagner, [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CPES: (Concerned Parents of Elementary Students) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kristen Fennel, Susannah Frazier, Pam Konde [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Full-day Kindergarten </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jennifer McClelland, [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FCPS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Janie Strauss, School Board Member </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kristen Michael, FCPS Budget Office </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Understanding County Cuts <ul><li>Police: $11.7M or 6.8% </li></ul><ul><li>Fire: $10.7M or 6.4% </li></ul><ul><li>FCPS: $16.3 or 1% </li></ul><ul><li>Community Services: $5.2M or 5.3% </li></ul><ul><li>Parks: $2.4M or 10.3% </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries: $3.4M or 11.97% </li></ul>
  5. 5. Understanding County Cuts <ul><li>County budget overview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Total proposed budget: $6.1B </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General fund: $3.29B (includes FCPS transfer) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduction: 3.9% from FY 2010 revised budget </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Taxpayers’ pocketbook </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Real estate tax rate: Proposed 5-cent increase to $1.09. A $48.55 drop for avg. homeowner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$33 per vehicle registration fee reinstatement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sewer service fee: Proposed 77-cent increase </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SACC fees: Increase to generate about $1M </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Understanding County Cuts <ul><li>County employees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminates 298 positions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Only one-third of these positions are currently filled </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No salary increases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$26.5M increase for the county's retirement systems to replace depreciated assets </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FCPS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>County executive's proposal: $1.61B transfer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$16.1M less than level transfer or 1% cut </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Understanding County Cuts <ul><li>Police </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proposed reductions: $11.8M or 6.8% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced unscheduled overtime could increase response times </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fewer aides staff at front desk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminate some specialized positions -- marine patrol & traffic safety officers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fewer victim advocate positions </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Understanding County Cuts <ul><li>Fire & Rescue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proposed reductions: $10.74M or 6.4% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Convert four &quot;basic life support&quot; ambulances from 24-hour to 8-hour availability, Mon-Fri </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cut one of seven fire & rescue battalions increasing ratio “far above optimum levels” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discontinue second set of gear for firefighters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminate dedicated staffing of hazmat unit slowing response time </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Understanding County Cuts <ul><li>Parks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proposed reductions: $2.4M or 10.3% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stop night lighting at tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts & outdoor volleyball courts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Close pool at Martin Luther King Jr. Park </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cut five of 52 RecPAC summer program sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cut 25 grounds & maintenance positions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Resulting in bathroom closures at some parks & reduction of trash removal, mowing, timely repairs to park property & tree-trimming. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Understanding County Cuts <ul><li>Libraries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proposed reduction: $3.4M or 11.97% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Further reduce library hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminate book drops at senior living facilities & nursing homes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cut program allowing people with disabilities to receive books through the mail. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminate Grants Office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assists individuals seeking public/private grants </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Understanding County Cuts <ul><li>Community Services Board </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proposed reduction: $5.2M or 5.3% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminate community health center in Reston </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminate in-home respite services for parents of children with intellectual disabilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminate emergency services at Mt. Vernon & NW Centers for Community Mental Health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminate several substance abuse counselor positions serving various programs </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. BOS Public Hearing Strategy <ul><li>April 6, 7 & 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Be persistent presence for BOS & community at large </li></ul><ul><li>Be respectful & sympathetic to county cuts while advocating for FCPS </li></ul><ul><li>Speakers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3-minute limit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Address importance of level funding for schools to preserve quality & prepare for future </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Supporters needed in audience </li></ul><ul><li>Rally on April 6 at 4:30 p.m. </li></ul>
  13. 13. BOS Public Hearing Talking Points <ul><li>Advocate for level funding of schools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Level transfer is still a cut </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enrollment increases & special needs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Schools required to provide services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FCPS cuts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FY 2009 cut $96M & 423 positions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FY 2010 cut $171.5M & 788 positions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FY 2011 proposed cut of $81.4M & 204 positions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Advocate for VRS reserve </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart to allow FCPS to prepare for future VRS payback by establishing reserve </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. BOS Public Hearing Talking Points <ul><li>Quality schools=tax revenue=quality county </li></ul><ul><ul><li>#1 reason why businesses choose Fairfax </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Residents move or stay here for schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Several years of budget cuts/enrollment growth puts FCPS’ world-class reputation at risk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must support and maintain quality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FCPS is better because of programs we offer: immersion & FLES, band & strings, FDK, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Many programs difficult/impossible to re-instate. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Other school districts look to FCPS as a model </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. BOS Public Hearing Talking Points <ul><li>Value of education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students get one shot at education. If opportunity is missed, there are no re-dos! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools must prepare students more than ever </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Personalize your story where possible </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrates impact of services. Keep it short. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Show appreciation to BOS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Working for efficiencies & solutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Input opportunities: town halls, community dialogues, online feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advocating for LCI readjustment </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. BOS Public Hearing Talking Points <ul><li>Don’t forget “BIG ASKS” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask for level transfer to fund FCPS FY 2011 advertised budget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask to allow FCPS to create reserve for VRS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you support this , ask to generate revenue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increases in real estate taxes to sustain quality schools & quality of life. (NOTE: $1.11 or $1.12 is an increase ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$33 vehicle registration fee </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Implementation of a meals tax </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Speaking Tips: Your Statement <ul><li>Know your audience. </li></ul><ul><li>State one key message. </li></ul><ul><li>Make it personal but also use facts. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide 3-5 key supporting points. </li></ul><ul><li>Use humor if it makes sense, but don't force it. </li></ul><ul><li>Write from your heart. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Speaking Tips: Your Delivery <ul><li>Breathe before each sentence. </li></ul><ul><li>Make eye contact with your audience between each paragraph. </li></ul><ul><li>Practice several times in front of family, friends, the mirror. </li></ul><ul><li>Time yourself. Aim for 2 1/2 minutes. </li></ul>
  19. 19. County Public Hearings Rallies <ul><li>Rally Dates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>April 6 at 4:30 p.m. at County Gov. Center </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unified message </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support for maintaining quality schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advocate for level funding to FCPS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students & parents wear school spirit or program T-shirts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring sign to share message </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Unified Slogan Ideas <ul><li>Preserve Our Schools </li></ul><ul><li>High Value $chool$ = High Property Value$ </li></ul><ul><li>World-Class Counties Maintain World-Class Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Level School Transfer Makes Cents </li></ul><ul><li>Sharpen your pencils…fund our schools! </li></ul><ul><li>FCPS: More Than the Core </li></ul><ul><li>Level FCPS Transfer = Smart Planning for Future! </li></ul><ul><li>Email more slogan ideas for us to share at [email_address] </li></ul>
  21. 21. Continued Advocacy <ul><li>Supervisors community budget meetings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wed., March 24 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Supervisor Cook – 7:30-9 p.m, Little Run ES </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Supervisor Hudgins – 7 p.m., Madison HS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Supervisor McKay – 7:30 p.m., Lee District Community Room </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Communication to BOS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Letters & phone calls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leaders meet with Chairman Sharon Bulova March 24 </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Key Dates & Decision Timeline <ul><li>April 6, 7 & 8: County BOS holds public hearings on budget </li></ul><ul><li>April 6: School Board presents budget to County BOS </li></ul><ul><li>April 20: BOS Budget Mark-up </li></ul><ul><li>April 21: General Assembly veto session </li></ul><ul><li>April 27: BOS sets tax rate, adopts budget, approves transfer </li></ul><ul><li>April 29: School Board conducts budget work session </li></ul><ul><li>April 30: Speakers list opens for School Board public hearings </li></ul><ul><li>May 6: School Board FY 2011 Approved Budget presented </li></ul><ul><li>May 10: School Board conducts budget work session </li></ul><ul><li>May 11 & 12: School Board holds public hearings on budget </li></ul><ul><li>May 13: School Board conducts budget work session </li></ul><ul><li>May 20: School Board adopts FY 2011 Approved Budget </li></ul><ul><li>July 1: FY 2011 Begins </li></ul>