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Charlottesville City Council Approves Budget

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Charlottesville City Council has crossed the finish line when it comes to finalizing next year's fiscal plans. After some last-minute changes last week, councilors have voted unanimously to approve the city's proposed budget.

The budget for fiscal year 2014 stands at $148 million - almost 1 percent greater than that of 2013.

At its final budget work session last week, councilors decided to reinstate some funds to organizations that were facing cuts. 

After people urged council to reconsider some funding decisions, it decided to make some last-minute changes to the $148 million budget. Those changes include giving funding to First Tee, The Paramount Arts Education Program, Sexual Assault Resource Agency and the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

But Charlottesville Public Schools is getting the biggest cut of the budget, nearly 33 percent. The second-largest cut is going to police and fire departments.

"I think overall this is a budget that continues our strong support for public education for infrastructure for housing for economic development, for public safety," said Councilor Dave Norris.

The proposed budget also includes an $11.18 million capital improvement program. To increase revenue, large-item trash pickup and parks and recreation fees will increase. Parking tickets will go from $15 to $20, and the fine for illegally parking in a handicapped space will go from $100 to $180.

This budget proposal will keep the tax rate the same as last year.

City of Charlottesville
Press Release

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - At a special meeting of the Charlottesville City Council on April 9, 2013, the FY 2014 Budget was adopted.

The adopted general fund budget of $148,167,862 is a 1.3% increase over the FY 2013 general fund budget.

The real estate tax rate remains steady at $.95 per hundred dollars of valuation.

The FY 2014 Tax and Budget Ordinances can be found online, or by clicking here.

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