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With Public Safety a Top Priority, City Manager Presents Budget Proposal to Alexandria City Council

Adoption expected May 3. Parajon to give public presentation March 2 at Beatley Library

Alexandria City Manager James Parajon (Photo courtesy City of Alexandria)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Last evening (Feb. 28) City Manager James Parajon met with Alexandria City Council to present his proposal for the FY 2024 city budget. It includes amounts for operating and capital funding.

Parajon proposed a General Fund Base Operating Budget of $881.1 million (to start July 1) and a $2.39 billion 10-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for FY 2024–2033.

“The most important decision the City Council makes each year is the adoption of the annual operating budget and capital improvement program,” wrote Mayor Justin Wilson in this month’s Council Connection newsletter. “The operating budget generally funds the on-going costs of government (primarily personnel), while the capital budget funds one-time expenditures that provide the community with an asset (new schools, new roads, new playing fields, transit buses, etc).”

Similar to FY 2023, this budget is focused on financial management strategies and policies, investment to meet current and future needs, and finding ways to provide services to residents that help “maintain health, safety, and quality of life,” according to the Alexandria e-News announcement.

Previously, City Council adopted seven priorities that inform this budget and policy decisons for FY 2024. They are:

  • Public safety
  • Affordable housing
  • Mult-lingual community engagement
  • Youth and families
  • Economic development growth
  • Staff retention and recruitment
  • Climate action

Additional features of the budget include the following:

  • No tax rate increase for residents/business owners
  • Continued support of the Alexandria City Public Schools budget
  • Financial support of the CBAs with bot the AFD and APD

Budget adoption is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3.

Residents can attend a budget presentation tomorrow (March 2) at Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library (5005 Duke St.). Starting at 7 p.m., Parajon will review and explain the budget proposal to attendees. City Council Work Sessions about the budget are also open to the public  March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 25, or May 1.

To provide feedback or ask questions, residents are welcome to attend the events listed below:

  • Monday, March 13: FY 2024 Budget Public Hearing
  • Saturday, March 18: FY 2024 Budget Public Hearing
  • Tuesday, April 25: Tax Rate Public Hearing

Time and location information for all public events can be found at

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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