CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Some reprieve is on the way for many people who pay real estate taxes in the city of Charlottesville.

At the City Council meeting on Monday, May 6, councilors approved an ordinance that provides tax relief to people based on their income.

The Homeowner Tax Relief Grant would provide full relief for those who make less than $25,000 per year and up to $1,000 for those whose salary is between $25,000 and $55,000.

The cost of the program was funded through the fiscal year 2020 budget.

Charlottesville City Council is also working to make the city more equitable for its employees.

Councilors got an update from the City Managers Advisory on the Organizational Equity Committee at Monday night’s meeting.

That committee aims to make diversity and inclusion an organizational high priority for the city.

City staff members say having long-term strategies for equity will benefit employees in the long run.

“We really have to figure out a way to create a plan where this is embedded in the way we do business, this really is a lens with which we see stuff all the time,” Kaki Dimock, the assistant city manager, said.

The committee plans to come back to City Council with formal recommendations on equity improvements sometime this summer.