Council approves budget for 2023 fiscal year, raises real estate tax
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- After multiple work sessions and public hearings, the Charlottesville City Council has decided how it'll be allocating millions of dollars.
The council unanimously approved the 2023 fiscal year budget Tuesday evening. The approved budget is just under $213 million, which is larger than the 2022 budget.
A hefty amount is going toward renovating and repairing Buford Middle School as part of the school reconfiguration project.
The city has also decided to increase the real estate tax by one cent to help fund future projects.
"We've listened to staff on your various proposals to address issues in our community. We've worked together to come to a budget that meets our requirements, or at least most of them," said interim city manager Dr. Michael Rogers.
In addition to these decisions, councilors proposed to increase the meals tax by half a percent at the meeting Tuesday evening. They'll vote on it during the April 18 meeting, which is expected to be the first meeting held partially in person since the start of the pandemic.
You can view the approved budget here.