There are three different types of meetings where the public can offer comments to the Board
Monthly County Board Meetings
Each month, with the exception of August, the Board considers a range of items during its Regular Meeting, held on a Saturday, and its Recessed Meeting, usually held the Tuesday after the Saturday meeting. Regular County Board Meetings open with the Board hearing from the public about items that are neither on the agenda for that month, nor scheduled to come before the Board at a future meeting. The Board may also hold Public Hearings on specific agenda items.
The County’s Fiscal Year (FY) runs July 1-June 30. In October or November, the Board provides Budget Guidance to the County Manager for the upcoming Fiscal Year budget. The Manager builds a proposed budget that reflects the Board’s guidance. The following February, the Manager presents the proposed budget to the Board. The Board then reviews the proposed budget through a series of works sessions with County Departments, advisory commissions, and the Arlington Public Schools Board, and takes public testimony in hearings on the budget and on the tax rate. The Board adopts the budget in April for the fiscal year that begins the following July 1.
The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is a 10-year plan that identifies the capital needs of the community, and funding sources to meet those needs. The CIP provides the blueprint for building, maintaining, upgrading or replacing County facilities and infrastructure, including libraries; parks; community centers; technology systems; water, sewer, stormwater, and transportation infrastructure, and more. Arlington updates its CIP biennially. It is subject to changes as needs become more defined and projects move along in their planning and budgeting processes. In July 2018, the County Board adopted a $3.4 billion combined County-APS FY 2019-FY 2028 CIP.