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Arlington County Parks Dept's 'Sustainable Budget'

When the Manager proposed his FY2004 budget in early February, there was a lot of self-congratulating about the proposed budget being one of providing 'continuing services,' which is budget slang for "there's only enough in this budget to do what we did last year plus enough to cover inflation." The Fiscal Affairs Advisory Commission, which is charged by the County Board to thoroughly review the budget, found the Parks Department's lacking. According to one FAACer, "To consider this a 'continuing services' budget is a myth," and then added, "It seems to be taking from lower-profile services to cover higher-profile services." Read the entire story in the Arlington Sun-Gazette.

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