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Posted at 9:10 PM ET, 05/ 3/2010

Alexandria property taxes to climb

By Erica Johnston

Alexandria residents can expect to pay about $125 more on their property taxes in fiscal 2011 and higher fees for trash collection, parking meters and storm water management projects, among other services.

The Alexandria City Council passed a tax rate of 97.8 cents per $100 of a home’s assessed value, or a 7.5-cent increase over last year’s rate, in a 5-2 vote Monday night. Council members Alicia Hughes and Frank H. Fannon IV voted against the budget, opposing spending and tax increases.

The city’s $531.6 million budget is an increase of 0.3% over the fiscal 2010 budget, said Kerry J. Donley, vice mayor.

The budget includes the elimination of more than 65 city employee positions, many of which were not filled, but includes merit pay raises for the remaining employees who haven’t seen an increase in several years.

The council also restored funding for two community-oriented police officers and two ambulance crews to help the city improve response times. The popular AT4 Alexandria Transit DASH bus route also was saved.

The council’s fiscal 2011 budget also includes an additional $1.6 million increase in preparation for potential Metro subsidy increases, 26 percent more than last year.

-- Christy Goodman

By Erica Johnston  | May 3, 2010; 9:10 PM ET
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