March 21, 2012
The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors met Wednesday evening to discuss budget. After over an hour of public testimony, the supervisors voted 3-2 to approve a major increase to the advertised property tax increase.
The increase moves the current rate from 57 to 68 cents per $100 of assessed property value.
Some residents say they can't afford the new tax rate and want Supervisors to look at other options.
"So basically we're all going to be tied to a ball and anchor here. There is absolutely no way we can sustain this kind of tax rate," said Fluvanna County Sam Patterson.
The increase comes after years of debt by the County. One major contributor to that debt is construction of Fluvanna's new high school.
"if we meet the true cost once and got ourselves on a budget just like any other family in Fluvanna County, we can start meeting these costs a little bit at a time," said Fluvanna County Supervisor Shaun Kenney.
Kenney says the 68 cent tax rate would also open and maintain the school for three to five years. He also promises the new rate will also bring in much needed new hires to Fluvanna's fire rescue stations.
Other residents beamed at the idea what the tax hike would do for critical services and education in the County.
"We're going to have to start paying it at some point so why not now and get ahead of this," said Fluvanna County resident Leonard Bozza.
The increased tax rate is not set in stone. Supervisors can lower it, but cannot increase it once they approve the rate.