Property tax hike proposed for Arlington
Arlington County can fill a $65 million budget gap, which is shared with the school system, by increasing the property tax rate by 6.7 cents and by cutting more than $16 million in operational costs, acting Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan told county board members Tuesday.
The proposed $941.8 million budget is $5 million less than the fiscal 2010 budget. It includes 87 fewer county employee positions, 20 of which are currently filled. Libraries will close one service day a week and reduce hours. Funds for mowing and other county maintenance also will be cut. One of the county's two special Heavy Rescue Units will no longer be staffed full-time, among other items.
Donnellan's property tax rate, 94.2 cents per $100 of a property's assessed value, would cause the average household to pay an additional $189 a year, if approved. Both residential and commercial property values fell in the county.
Arlington County public schools would receive an increase in funding of $6.3 million, for a total transfer of $358.7 million.
The proposed budget has several other options to increase revenue and decrease spending for board members to decide. The council will approved an operating budget and a 10-year capital projects plan in April.
-- Christy Goodman
Washington Post Editors
February 16, 2010; 7:20 PM ET
Save & Share: Previous: Increase proposed in Alexandria property tax rate
Next: McDonnell's recommends $2.1 billion in budget cuts to legislators behind closed doors
Posted by: wpjunk | February 17, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: greenfuture | February 17, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.