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Nelson Supervisors Vote to Raise Real Estate, Personal Property Taxes

Posted: Updated: Apr 30, 2014 06:14 PM
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Residents of Nelson County are looking at some higher taxes come July.

Supervisors voted Tuesday night to raise the county real estate tax by 12 cents per $100 of assessed value for the 2015 fiscal year, meaning the tax will go from 60 to 72 cents per $100 of assessed value. They also voted to raise the personal property tax by 50 cents per $100 of assessed value, meaning the tax will go from $2.95 to $3.45 per $100 of assessed value.

Al Weed is the owner of Mountain Cove Winery and has lived in Nelson for over 40 years. He says with a greater school funding burden on the county this year, these increases were inevitable.

“We were seeing some mandates from the state to improve the contributions to the teachers’ pensions,” said Weed.

He expected the real estate increase because this year home value assessments fell by around 18 percent in the county - but he says the property tax hike was and unexpected, and could hurt some people.

"I think the real issue in this county, which is effectively a commuter county, is the personal property tax increase, because you can live in a small house or a rental house or a trailer, but you've got to have a good car to drive,” said Weed.

Supervisor Allen Hale says they had no choice. They're already planning to deny raises to the county employees and extra funding for the school system.

"This year, we're not really planning to, even though they've asked for $772,000 more, it's not clear that we're going to be able to meet that extra funding,” said Hale.

Hale originally posed a lower real estate tax, but it was raised by a cent to make sure funding was available.

"I would have preferred less, but at the same time I can see the value of having some contingency funding if we need it,” said Hale.

Hale says the increases are reflective of increased funding obligations put on them by the state.

"In order to have the same revenue to operate the county, we needed to increase the rate,” said Hale. "More and more we find that the state government is trying to shift the burden to localities and our only real source for revenue is real estate and personal property.”

The new rates are effective immediately.

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