Connolly Proposes End to Auto Decal Tax

In his annual state of the county address tonight, Gerald E. Connolly said he wants to eliminate the decals and tax forever. Here is the text of a news release just issued:

Chairman Gerald E. Connolly Proposes
Elimination of the Fairfax County Automobile Decal Tax

In his 2006 State of the County address tonight, Chairman Gerald E. Connolly said he will ask the nine other members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to join him in voting to eliminate the automobile decal tax in the county.

In a major announcement, the chairman proposed elimination of the county's vehicle decal and the decal tax. If adopted, Fairfax County will be the first jurisdiction in Virginia to do both. County residents are required to affix and display a different colored decal every year to the windshield of every vehicle they own in order to demonstrate compliance with personal property tax payments. Currently, the county's vehicle decal fees are $25 per car, truck or van; $18 per motorcycle; and $23 per taxicab. If adopted by the board, this proposal means that this year's green decal will be the last one ever needed or paid for in Fairfax County. This tax relief would be available to everyone who owns a vehicle in the county.

In addition, Connolly proposed cutting the county's real estate tax rate below $1 -- a first in modern county history. If adopted in the fiscal year 2007 budget, this cut would be the fifth consecutive rate reduction enacted by the board. The current real estate tax rate is $1 per $100 of assessed value.

The text of the chairman's address is attached. On Tuesday, Feb. 14, the address will be available online at Chairman Connolly's Web page located at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/chairman.

The State of the County address was cablecast live on Fairfax County Government Channel 16 on Monday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Channel 16 will replay the address on Fridays and Sundays at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. The address will also be available for viewing anytime on Video on Demand at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable/channel16/vod.htm. 

By Steve Fehr |  February 13, 2006; 8:00 PM ET  | Category:  Consumer Affairs , Government , Politics , Transportation
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