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File #: 22-1240    Name: Appropriation Ordinance - FY 2023
Type: Ordinance Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 5/19/2022 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 6/14/2022 Final action:
Title: Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First Reading of an Ordinance to Make Appropriations for the Support of the City Government for Fiscal Year 2023.
Attachments: 1. 22-1240_Att 1 - FY 2023 App Ord Cover, 2. 22-1240_Att 2 - FY 2023 App Ord.pdf, 3. 22-1240_Att 3 - Table 1 - Departments and Funds, 4. 22-1240_Att 4 - Table II - Revenue

City of Alexandria, Virginia





DATE:                     JUNE 7, 2022


TO:                                          THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL


THROUGH:                     JAMES F. PARAJON, CITY MANAGER   /s/




DOCKET TITLE:                     


Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First Reading of an Ordinance to Make Appropriations for the Support of the City Government for Fiscal Year 2023.




ISSUEConsideration of an Appropriation Ordinance to make appropriations for the support of the government of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023.


RECOMMENDATION:  That City Council approve the proposed Appropriations Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2023 (Attachment 2) reflecting $2,024,701,611 in total appropriations on first reading, and schedule it for second reading, public hearing and final passage on Saturday, June 18, 2022.


DISCUSSIONOn May 4, 2022, City Council adopted the FY 2023 Budget and adopted an ordinance setting the City’s real property and personal property tax rate for calendar year (CY) 2022. In accordance with sections 6.07 and 6.14 of the City Charter, an annual ordinance is also required to appropriate the Approved Operating and Capital Budgets. This ordinance is always scheduled for June City Council consideration. This ordinance contains the appropriation of the Adopted Operating Budget, the reappropriation of expected encumbrances, and an appropriation from the Special Revenue Fund for new grants. This ordinance also reflects the Approved Budget of the Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), set for adoption by the School Board on June 3. Any changes or amendments adopted by the School Board in the Final Budget will be brought to City Council for appropriation in the Fall.


ADOPTED OPERATING BUDGET:  Sections 1 through 9 of the attached proposed appropriation ordinance legally establishes the revenues and expenditures of the FY 2023 budget. As detailed in Section 7 of the attached ordinance, a significant portion of the General Fund’s revenues are transferred to other funds and component units, principally to finance operations of the Alexandria City Public Schools. In addition, the total expenditure appropriation is reduced by the amount of these transfers (referred to as “Interfund Transfers”) to eliminate double counting and accurately reflect the aggregate expenditure appropriations. Table I, which is attached to the ordinance, provides the detailed breakdown for all funds for each department and component unit. Table II, which is also attached to the ordinance, provides the detailed revenue estimate for all funds by the major sources of revenue. Both tables reflect expenditures and revenues net of Interfund Transfers. The total appropriation of $2,024,701,611, net of $445,981,079 in Interfund Transfers (in order to not double count) equals $1,578,720,532.


REAPPROPRIATION OF PROJECTED ENCUMBRANCES:  Section 10 of the attached proposed appropriation ordinance reappropriates monies authorized and expected to be obligated in FY 2022 but not expected to be expended as of June 30, 2022. By City Charter, all appropriations lapse at the end of the fiscal year. When budgeted goods and services are ordered prior to the end of one fiscal year but not delivered until the next fiscal year, monies need to be reappropriated to cover the expenditures paid in the current fiscal year. As introduced in 2006, encumbrances are now authorized based on estimates of preliminary encumbrances. The actual encumbrance amount that is carried over from FY 2022 into FY 2023 may be lower than this amount. The final encumbrance amount that is carried over into FY 2023 will be reduced to reflect actual authorized encumbrances.


FISCAL IMPACT This ordinance authorizes the receipt and expenditure of $2,035,520,611 for FY 2022 in the following sections: $2,024,701,611 in Sections 1 through 9 and $10,819,000 in Section 10):


Section 1 to Section 9


                     General Fund                     $ 839,213,971

                     Special Revenue Fund                     133,495,438

                     Affordable Housing Fund                     10,044,431

                     Sewer Special Revenue Fund                     18,240,983

                     Stormwater Special Revenue Fund                     19,979,491

                     Potomac Yard Fund                     21,373,975

                     Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Fund                     31,433,459

                     Capital Projects Fund                     561,155,721

                     Equipment Replacement Internal Service Fund                     6,981,960

                     Alexandria City Public Schools                     345,837,487

                     Library Fund                     8,554,192

                     Alexandria Transit Company                     28,390,503

                     Less:  Interfund Transfers                       (  445,981,079)

                     Total                     $ 1,578,720,532



The amounts listed for the Alexandria Transit Company, the Schools, and the Library represent their total budgets, including the City’s General Fund appropriation to each agency and any fee revenue, grants, State aid or other revenues that are part of the total budgets. By the City Charter, Council must appropriate all monies, including those for the Alexandria Transit Company, Alexandria City Public Schools, irrespective of the source. The total appropriation of $345.8 million to the ACPS includes $316.2 million of operating funds, $17.6 million for grants and special projects and $12.0 million for the School Lunch Fund. The “Less: Interfund Transfers” line backs out dollars counted in more than one fund. The attached tables show revenues and expenditures by department and fund, net of interfund transfers. 


Section 10


The reappropriation of $10,819,000 of General Fund Balance as the maximum monies estimated to be encumbered as of June 30, 2022. This is a high end estimated amount which likely will be lowered in the first few months of FY 2023 to the actual encumbrance need. By obtaining an estimated authorized amount by July 1, clearer internal budget management is facilitated.  


   Reappropriation of monies encumbered as of June 30, 2022                     $   10,819,000


   Total                                          $   10,819,000



Attachment 1 - Appropriation Ordinance Cover

Attachment 2 - Appropriation Ordinance

Attachment 3 - Table I - Expenditures by Department or Component Unit by Fund

Attachment 4 - Table II - Sources of Revenue



Laura Triggs, Deputy City Manager

Kendel Taylor, Director of Finance

Morgan Routt, Director of Management & Budget

Emily Poly, Budget/Management Analyst