Budgets: Ensuring Fiscal ResponsibilityAs a former auditor with the Government Accountability Office, I am committed to protect Arlington taxpayers by working to ensure value and high quality services for every dollar spent. I aggressively scrutinize the Manager’s proposed operating budget each year, seeking savings or efficiencies prior to its adoption.
The budget is a living, breathing reflection of the values of a community, thus we must balance reasonable tax burdens with ample funding for our schools and other important services. I am committed to maintain Arlington's prized Triple AAA bond rating, a distinction shared by only about 20 counties in the United States. The County Board has adopted strict debt guidelines that are designed to ensure our financial integrity and our bond rating. It is important that – within these guidelines - we continue to make wise capital investments in our schools, parks, libraries and transportation systems that will ensure our quality of life into the future.