Increase proposed in Alexandria property tax rate
Alexandria City Manager James K. Hartmann proposed a 7-cent increase to Alexandria's property tax rate Tuesday to help fill a $44.million budget gap. The tax rate would increase to 97.3 cents per $100 of a property's assessed value if approved.
Both residential and commercial property values fell, but the average homeowner would still pay $103 more in 2010, said city officials.
The city's $534.1 million budget, a 3.5 percent decrease from fiscal 2010, cuts 67 full- and part-time city employee positions, only 10 of which are currently filled. The community policing unit will be reduced, and a city-owned property housing older foster youth will be sold for approximately $1.1 million, among other items.
The proposed budget also includes a 2 percent increase, or $3.3 million, to Alexandria public schools. The transfer is about $700,000 short of what the superintendent had requested.
The proposed budget has several other options to increase revenue and decrease spending for council members to decide. The council is expected to approve an operating budget and capital projects plan in May.
-- Christy Goodman
Washington Post Editors
February 16, 2010; 7:10 PM ET
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