Budget season is a crucial time in public education. The budget is comprised of several components all of which directly impact each and every student. Being engaged during the budget cycle is vital to the success of our schools.
All school divisions are financially dependent entities. School Boards in Virginia cannot raise their own funds. Every decision made in public schools has a budgetary impact. Salary, benefits, class size, and more are impacted by the budget.
Funding comes from several sources. There are state and national funds that pass through the Board of Supervisors prior to being allocated to schools. Annually, the Board of Supervisors establishes a real estate tax rate. A portion of that tax is allocated to schools.
Whether you are an employee, parent, or community stakeholder, the budget is important to you. Employee salary, benefits, and working conditions are impacted by the budget. Student learning conditions like class size are dependent on how many educators can be employed. Things like bullying can be addressed more easily when class sizes are small. As a community stakeholder, the public school system is important to the entire county. We want the best outcomes possible for all students so that they can contribute in meaningful ways to our broader society.
As citizens, each one of us has the civic duty and right to voice concerns regarding the School Budget.
You can attend the crucial meetings found in the table below and express your ideas and opinions.
United as a union, we meet with the Superintendent, present our budget priorities, and discuss the budget.
You can find information on the LCPS Budget webpage.
We will do our best to keep members informed as well.
If school boards are not able to levy funds, what good is collective bargaining?
Collective bargaining happens in other states in which school divisions cannot raise their own funds. Maryland has been doing it for decades. Should there ever be an instance when the BOS is not able to fund what has been bargained, the contract would be reopened for bargaining monetary items.
Additionally, collective bargaining isn't only about pay and benefits. Working conditions like class size and planning time are able to be bargained.
You can find the assessed value of your property by visiting this link.
Programs that provide tax relief and tax exemptions are available to qualified Loudoun County residents and organizations. These programs are offered to:
The qualifications and applications are unique for each of these programs, please review the detailed web pages and contact the Tax Exemptions and Deferrals Division at 703-737-8557 or email email@example.com if you have any questions or need further assistance.
These dates are vital to the budget cycle. Please make these a priority to attend.