Prince William County, Virginia

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Prince William County is one of 95 counties in Virginia. Its population is 402,002.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia county websites

This website was reviewed on December 1, 2011

The good

  • Board of supervisors members are posted with contact information.[2]
  • Meeting agendas, minutes, and audio and video are posted.[3]
  • Budgets and audits are posted.[4]
  • Budget archives are posted.[5]
  • County tax rates are posted.[6]
  • Information and instructions are provided for public records requests.[7]
  • Contact information is provided within department pages.
  • Zoning information is available,[8] as are building permits.[9]
  • Bid opportunities are posted,[10] along with recurring annual contracts[11] and awarded contracts.[12]

The bad

  • The website can be difficult to navigate, as it's easy to go down the wrong series of links trying to find information like building permits.
  • Term information is not posted for elected officials.
  • Administrative officials are not listed.
  • No information is available on Taxpayer-funded lobbying.

Public employees

Board of Supervisors

2011 Board of County Supervisors[2]
Name District
Corey A. Stewart (Chairman) At-Large
Wally Covington Brentsville
Martin E. Nohe Coles
Maureen S. Caddigan (Vice Chairman) Potomac
John T. Stirrup Jr. Gainesville
John D. Jenkins Neabsco
Michael C. May Occuquan
Frank J. Principi Woodbridge

County Executive

Prince William's County Executive is Melissa S. Peacor.[13]

Budget

2012 Revenues

2012 Budget Revenues[14]
Source Total 2012
Property Taxes $655,350,492
Other Local Taxes $127,610,434
Permits, Fees, & Licenses $11,576,928
Fines & Forfeitures 2,586,271
Use of Money & Prop $15,780,765
Charges for Services $192,890,424
Miscellaneous $20,210,595
Other Localities $43,002,605
Commonwealth of Virginia $441,002,605
Federal Government $103,195,436
Operating Transfers In $551,713,981
Proceeds from Loans & Bonds $189,336,000
Total Revenue & Financing $2,354,692,630

2012 Expenditures

Prince William's total budgeted expenditures for 2012 are $2,462,138,474, the highest in at least five years. Nearly half of that, $1,116,903,580, goes to the county's schools.[15]

The county's General Fund budget for 2012 is $890,151,651.[15]

2012 General Fund Expenditures[15]
Category % of Total
Transfers 55.3%
Leases & Rentals 0.8%
Cost Recovery 0.6%
Personal Services 21.2%
Fringe Benefits 6.4%
Contractual Serv. 2.4%
Internal Services 2.5%
Other Services 5.4%
Debt Maintenance 5.1%
Capital Outlay 0.3%

Five-Year Plan

Five-Year General Fund Budget Plan[16]
Category FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016
General Revenue $756,073,434 $792,094,851 $834,683,885 $878,799,084 $929,359,378
Agency Revenue $104,194,434 $97,348,969 $97,149,632 $96,863,099 $96,810,364
County Resources $29,883,783 $31,709,047 $24,357,890 $15,703,776 $19,962
Total Revenue and Resources $890,151,651 $921,152,867 $956,191,407 991,365,959 1,026,189,704
County Government Expenditures $464,371,477 $474,996,369 $485,932,779 $496,140,445 $502,341,083
Transfer to Schools $425,780,174 $446,156,498 $470,258,628 $495,225,514 $523,848,621
Total Expenditures $890,151,651 $921,152,867 $956,191,407 991,365,959 1,026,189,704

Taxes

The countywide sales tax is 1.0%.[17]

The county's base real estate tax rate is $1.204 per $100 in assessed value, with an additional levy of $.0025 to fight gypsy moths and a $.0741 fire and rescue levy that is countywide except for the town of Quantico.[6]

Prince William's general tax on personal property (vehicles, etc.) is $3.70 per $100 in assessed value.[6]


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