Email signup

County residents call for property taxes to be lowered with new budget

When Centreville resident Jim Church received his property assessment, he saw a 14.5% increase, which he calculated would amount to $1,100.

Other residents shared similar concerns yesterday (Tuesday) at the first of three scheduled public hearings on Fairfax County’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2023, which starts July 1.

Several speakers called on the Board of Supervisors to reduce the property tax rate from its advertised rate of $1.14 per $100 of assessed property value. If the board keeps the rate the same, the average tax bill would increase by $666, according to a Fairfax County projection.

“Something is wrong,” one resident said about the property assessment increases coming amid food and gas price increases. “There should be a cap on how much a yearly increase can be.”

The county is analyzing whether to make adjustments and how to do so in its proposed $4.8 billion budget, about half of which goes to schools.

“This budget maintains an investment in teacher pay increases, broadening opportunity and access for all students, and additional support to address critical education gaps that have widened during the pandemic,” Fairfax County School Board Chair Stella Pekarsky said at the budget hearing.

In its advertised budget, Fairfax County Public Schools’ budget projects a spending decrease of 2.3%, thanks to Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds from federal coronavirus aid packages.

FCPS has a total allocation of $272.6 million in one-time ESSER II and ESSER III funds, starting in March 13, 2020 through June 30, 2024.

Several people affiliated with Fairfax County Taxpayers’ Alliance called for a 10-cent decrease in the proposed property tax rate. The group’s president, Arthur Purves, called anything less than that a hidden tax increase.

“The board can and should reduce the tax rate 10 cents,” he said.

Fairfax County staff have stated that a 8.17-cent decrease would generate the same amount of revenue from property taxes in fiscal year 2022 versus 2023.

If the county maintains a flat property tax rate, revenue is slated to increase by nearly $310 million, or 6.8%, to $4.8 billion.

The advertised budget, which was presented by County Executive Bryan Hill in February, includes $79.26 million in unallocated funds that could be used at the county board’s discretion. An additional $83 million has been identified based on increases in vehicle assessment, according to the county.

The board has been evaluating options for tax relief to vehicle owners. The average vehicle tax bill could rise from $229 to $415, based on soaring used-car prices amid a sellers’ market.

While taxes were a central focus of yesterday’s hearing, speakers advocated for other issues as well, from funding for parks and libraries to one group of residents that called for reducing funding to the police.

Another budget hearing started at 3 p.m. today (Wednesday), and a final day for the public to comment starts at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday). The record will remain open for written comments through April 26.

The Board of Supervisors will mark up the advertised budget on April 26 ahead of a vote to adopt the final package on May 10.

Recent Stories

A counselor at Glasgow Middle School in Lincolnia is facing criminal charges after he allegedly head-butted an 11-year-old student last week. Detectives began investigating the reported assault on April 16…

Vienna is considering several options to improve parking availability along its commercial corridor. At a conference session on April 15, the Vienna Town Council reviewed recommendations to its update zoning…

The Town of Herndon is getting a new director of economic development. Marc G. Smith will assume the position starting on May 13, the town announced today (Tuesday). He will…

The Starbucks at the Chesterbrook Shopping Center (6214 Old Dominion Drive) in McLean has reopened after an extensive facelift. Starbucks closed in early March to get some interior design improvements….

For many remote workers, a messy home is distracting.

You’re getting pulled into meetings, and your unread emails keep ticking up. But you can’t focus because pet hair tumbleweeds keep floating across the floor, your desk has a fine layer of dust and you keep your video off in meetings so no one sees the chaos behind you.

It’s no secret a dirty home is distracting and even adds stress to your life. And who has the energy to clean after work? That’s why it’s smart to enlist the help of professionals, like Well-Paid Maids.

Read More

Submit your own Community Post here.

Still planning for summer camps? Check out the great variety of art projects and fun teachers at Art House 7 in Arlington. We have morning, midday, and afternoon weekly camps for ages 5-13. Among our themes: Clay Creations; Animals Around the World; Arts & Crafts; Draw, Paint & Sculpt Faces & Animals; Drawing & Printmaking. We’ve recently added PaperPalooza (paper making and bookmaking) and Jewelry camps. You can see all our listings on our website.

Art House 7 has been a haven for artists of all ages since 2015, offering classes, camps, and workshops. We’re located on Langston Blvd. near the Lee Harrison Shopping Center. We have an ample 2-story studio, and plenty of free parking.

Weekly camps at Art House 7
– June 17-Aug. 9
– Camp times: 9-11am, 11am-2pm, 2:30-4:30pm
– Ages 5-13

Read More

Submit your own Community Post here.

Encore Creativity for Older Adults at Capital One Hall

Encore Creativity for Older Adults is pleased to raise the curtain and welcome community members to its spring concert at Capital One Hall in Tysons, VA on May 4, 2024. The concert, which starts at 3 PM, will bring hundreds

Dream, Design, Build: Home Expo 2024

Sponsored by ABW Appliances & Eden, join us for a one-of-a-kind Home Expo event on May 11th from 10AM to 4PM!

The DMV’s top experts — AKG Design Studio and GMJ Construction — are opening their doors to homeowners to

×

Subscribe to our mailing list