Budget Process

In early 2015, the Reston Association Board of Directors, working collaboratively with the Senior Leadership Team and volunteer leaders from RA’s advisory committees, developed the association’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan. Once completed in May 2015, the plan was used as the foundation for developing the 2016/2017 Biennial Operating and Capital Budgets, which ultimately determine the annual assessment rate for members.

Based on input received from more than 200 member, committee and staff suggestions, the RA board identified the following three strategic priority areas and related goals as the focus of the 2016/2017 budget.

  • Leading Sustainable Change — To enhance and protect Reston’s built and natural environments to ensure development and redevelopment is consistent with the Essential Elements of Reston.
  • Optimizing Member Experiences — To optimize services, programming and facilities offered to RA members.
  • Leveraging Technology — To serve members, staff and community with effective, demand-based  technology.

After holding five work sessions between June and October 2015, the RA board consistently used these three strategic areas of focus as key benchmarks to determine operating and capital expense funding priorities for 2016 and 2017.

The budget funds plans that will help us achieve these strategic goals and move the organization forward. Here is just a sampling of how your assessment dollars will be used in 2016/2017:

  • Increased monitoring and advocacy of land use matters with a focus on new residential development projects, enhanced multi-modal transportation infrastructure, a comprehensive plan for pedestrian/pathway lighting, and the establishment of design guidelines for new mixed-use/urban projects in Reston.
  • Utilizing the services of a grant writing firm to identify funding opportunities for capital projects and recreational programming.
  • Investment in new technology to provide you with a greatly improved online experience for pool and tennis pass purchases, RA Camp and program registrations, financial processes and electronic document access.
  • Expanded mowing, trimming, weeding and curb cleaning of roadways under Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) control in Reston. We are proud of our community and the RA board has taken budget action to ensure we do everything we can to make Reston look its best. We will be seeking reimbursement from VDOT for these services.
  • Maintenance and improvements to our pools, pavilions, lakes and ponds, ballfields and tennis facilities. A full list of budgeted 2016/2017 capital projects is included in this pamphlet.

Throughout the budget review process, the board felt strongly that it needed to fund these activities but also were mindful of the cost impact on the member assessment.

In early October 2015, the board, with guidance from the association’s treasurer and Fiscal Committee, identified an opportunity to utilize a portion of the association’s operating cash surplus to fund some of the 2016 capital projects.

The transfer of $1 million of excess operating cash in 2016 made it possible for RA to move forward with all proposed capital projects approved by the RA board with association members funding a smaller portion in 2016 than would otherwise have been possible if the operating cash surplus were not available.

The RA board approved the second year of the 2016/2017 operating and capital budget on Nov. 17, 2016. The 2016 and 2017 assessment fees are shown below.

You are invited to review any of the budget documents and presentations housed on the right-hand side of this page, or view the budget meeting broadcasts which are archived on RA’s YouTube Channel.