Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large) has proposed substantial funding cuts to area social service programs and nonprofit organizations to ensure that residential real-estate tax bills remain flat next year.
In a letter to supervisors, Stewart outlined $9.6 million in potential cuts that would significantly reduce funding for the county health department, the Juvenile Court Services Unit and substance abuse treatment for jail inmates, among other services. He also proposes eliminating some funding for nonprofit groups, including Legal Services of Northern Virginia.
The full effect of the potential cuts is not yet known. Stewart has asked county officials to study the proposal and report back.
Stewart said in the letter that “uncertainty created . . . at the federal and state levels,” including possible tax hikes and cuts in defense spending, mean that the county must rein in its budget so homeowners do not receive a tax increase.