Building Chesterfield's Blueprint
Explore the Budget
On April 6, 2023, the Board of Supervisors voted to adopt the FY2024 Budget and FY2024-FY2028 Capital Improvement Program, with a subsequent amendment to the budget on June 28, 2023. The final adopted budget (inclusive of all funds) totals $1.9 billion, an increase of $164.2 million (or 9.3%) over the FY2023 Adopted Budget. Of the total consolidated budget, the adopted General Fund budget total $951.8 million, an increase of $45.2 million (or 5.0%) compared to the FY2023 Adopted Budget. Key highlights of the Fy2024 Budget include:
A one-cent reduction to the Real Estate Tax rate; adopted at $0.91/$100 assessed value for tax year 2023
Historic $20 million increase to the Schools transfer, bringing the total transfer to $383.8 million for Fy2024 and providing funding for a 7.0% raise in teacher salaries
Implementation of Phase II of the General Government Pay Plan, and additional enhancements to the Public Safety Pay Plan (including a 10.0% increase to public safety starting salaries)
Increased tax relief for businesses, home owners, and vehicle owners
The FY2024 Budget includes four thematic elements that encompass enhancements from the prior year: growth in contractual obligations; continuing commitment to public safety; emphasis on customer service and community outreach; and strengthening core services. Highlights of each of these themes are shown below.
Growth in Contractual Obligations
Recognizing inflationary pressures on the costs of goods and services, the FY2024 budget includes funding to cover anticipated cost increases, annual maintenance fees, and licensing renewals. Funding for these contracts covers numerous departments such as Buildings and Grounds, Building Inspections, Human Resources, Information Systems Technology, Police, Sheriff, Social Services, and Waste and Resource Recovery.
Continuing Commitment to Public Safety
Enhancements to the Public Safety Pay Plan including a 10% increase to starting salaries effective July 2023 and a 10% increase to remaining sworn public safety personnel (including 911 Emergency Dispatchers) beginning January 2024; 36 additional fire fighters to full staff the Fire and EMS department; part-time Child Safety Officers; Sheriff Accreditation Manager and Civilian Security Technicians; four planned fire stations (Chester, Ettrick, Clover Hill, Dutch Gap) and four planned police stations (Stonebridge area, Western Hull Street Road, Chester area, Westchester area) from the approved 2022 Referendum
Emphasis on Customer Service and Community Outreach
A new Constituent and Media Services to realign resources to further expand community engagement, grow transparency, and broaden relationships throughout the County, region, and state; operating costs and additional personnel for the expansion of the Midlothian Library; funding for the implementation of a Veterans Treatment Docket program to aid military veterans suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues; planned projects from the approved 2022 Referendum including the replacement of Enon Library, the expansion of Ettrick-Matoaca Library, and a new Western Hull Street library
Strengthening Core Services
Recycling enhancements and facility improvements for the County's Waste and Resource Recovery centers; operating costs and personnel for the New Beulah Community Center; implementation of the County's inaugural Fellowship Program; planned projects from the approved 2022 Referendum including enhancements to River City Sportsplex, Conservation Area development, Horner Park and Falling Creek Park development and enhancements, and a boat launch along the James River