Building Chesterfield's Blueprint

Solid Fundamentals

Planning is essential to the success of Chesterfield. It's important to keep a pulse on what we need to be paying attention to and what's on the horizon as we best prepare Chesterfield for the future.

Making Connections

We’re making progress on key initiatives that were identified by our residents through the Blueprint Chesterfield process. Learn more about what is being done in these focus areas.

Starting a Conversation

Let’s talk! Share your ideas, provide feedback and input, tell us why you’re here – reach out to us anytime.

Explore the Budget

FY2025 Budget Development

The County Administrator will present his Proposed FY2025 Budget and FY2025-FY2029 Capital Improvement Program during the afternoon work session of the March 13, 2024 Board of Supervisors meeting. The county will hold a series of in person and virtual community Budget Town Hall meetings to gather community feedback on the proposed budget leading up to the Annual Budget Public Hearing held during the evening session of the March 27, 2024 Board of Supervisors meeting. All meetings will be held from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Email Blueprint or use our budget feedback form to provide your input anytime on the budget process.

Current Adopted 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

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

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

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

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

Tools and Resources

FY23 Priorities

Planning for the future and focusing our efforts. Read through updates from FY22 Priorities and the County's FY23 Priorities to learn about where the County is headed over the next 12 months.

Key Financial Indicators

Interested in comprehensive financial, economic, and demographic datasets? Then this online dashboard is for you; tracking overall performance and how the metrics inform the future economic, financial, and budgetary outlook for the County.

Line Item Details

Do you love to sort through the details? Every single dollar is accounted for in the full line item detail listing.

The Budget Team

The Budget Team is responsible for developing and aiding in financial oversight for the annual budget and capital improvement program to ensure good fiscal stewardship of the County's resources.

Through the Blueprint Chesterfield initiative, the department engages with the community year-round to stay informed about what's most important. Budget and Management also uses the Five-Year plan as a framework for prioritizing current and future resource needs and works closely with staff from other departments, the Citizens’ Budget Advisory Committee, and the Board of Supervisors all the way through annual budget adoption in April.

In addition to maintaining the County Triple-AAA bond rating, the department has received the Government Finance Officer's Association's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 36 consecutive years, which is the highest form of recognition for excellence in local government budgeting.