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About the Town's Budget
The annual budget serves as the town’s financial plan. It is the policy document that directs the town’s actions in accomplishing its goals and objectives. The budget provides the direction and resources needed to deliver to the community its services and programs.

Fiscal Year
The Town Charter mandates that Vienna’s fiscal year begin on July 1 and end on June 30 of each year. This is the 12-month period designated as the operating year for accounting and budgeting purposes.

Adoption of the Budget
The Charter of the Town of Vienna requires that by July 1 each year, the Town Council adopt by ordinance a budget establishing the tax rate for the incoming year. It must be a balanced budget where estimated revenues are equivalent to estimated expenditures.

Types of Funds
The Town of Vienna utilizes four funds:
  • General Fund - This is the town’s largest fund and is used to account for all general operating expenditures and revenues. Revenues are primarily derived from general property taxes, other local taxes, licenses, permits and revenues from other governmental units.
  • Debt Service Fund - Transactions related to resources obtained and used for the payment of interest and principal on long term general obligation debt and capital leases, except for the debt payable by the enterprise funds, are accounted for in the Debt Service Fund. The Debt Service Fund revenues are derived primarily from the collection of a meals tax plus a transfer from the Water and Sewer Fund.
  • Water and Sewer Fund - Accounts for the operations of the town's Water and Sewer Fund. Revenues are primarily derived from user charges. The town purchases water and conveys sewage under intergovernmental agreements with surrounding jurisdictions and agencies.
  • Stormwater Fund - Accounts for the operations of the town's Stormwater Fund. Fairfax County charges the residents of Vienna a Stormwater fee on their tax bill.  Fairfax County uses a portion of the Vienna tax to provide monitoring and water quality projects outside the Town of Vienna to meet Vienna’s requirements included in our stormwater permit.  A portion of this fee is used by Vienna for stormwater activities within the Town.