Shields: Population Growth in F.C. Contrasts to 11% Cut in City Budgets

At the Falls Church City Council meeting Monday night, City Manager Wyatt Shields reminded the Council that most of the City’s robust 18.8 percent population growth in the past decade, according to official U.S. Census statistics, occurred with the coming “on line” of a number of new mixed use projects mostly since 2008, but that during that same period of time, there has been an overall 11 percent decline in the budgets for the City’s operations and its schools. He noted also that the U.S. Census ranked Falls Church first in the U.S. in both average household income and educational attainment.