Fluvanna Supervisors Hold Budget, Tax Rate Hearing
The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors is preparing for a less lively crowd at a budget public hearing compared to last year's uproar over sudden deep cuts to schools and nonprofits.
One supervisor is also giving taxpayers a new option to make up for limited county funds.
Wednesday night, the board will hold public hearings on the proposed budget, capital improvement plan and tax rate. A tax rate of 79.5 cents per $100 assessed value is lower than an equalized rate. That means most homeowners will see a small savings on their real property tax bills.
The county's $59.1 million budget is $1 million less than last year's. A supervisor is proposing a voluntary contribution plan where people could pay more on their tax bills and donate that money to county programs, including the sheriff's office, parks and recreation and schools.
"If you've stood at the podium during this or any other tax season and said ‘please, raise my taxes,' this is giving you the opportunity to personally raise your own taxes," said Supervisor Bob Ullenbruch.
"The worrisome part is that it's not a continuous stream because you can't count on that because you don't necessarily know you'll get the same next year or anything next year," said Steve Nichols, Fluvanna County administrator.
Prince Edward is the only other Virginia county to accept voluntary donations on tax bills.
Wednesday night's budget and tax rate public hearings start at 7 p.m. at the courthouse in Palmyra.
If supervisors approve the voluntary tax contribution plan, the donation line wouldn't show up on tax bills until December.
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