VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — As financial struggles persist as a result of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Metropolis of Virginia Seashore taxpayers might see reduction within the type of an actual property tax price lower.
Metropolis Supervisor Patrick Duhaney’s fiscal 12 months 2022 price range recommends reducing the actual property tax price by 1 cent, as a way to set the taxing quantity at $1.0075 for every $100 of assessed property worth.
In a presentation to Virginia Seashore Metropolis Council on Tuesday, price range director Kevin Chatellier stated whereas it could scale back metropolis revenues by $6.2 million — $2.9 million of which might be docked from the Virginia Seashore Metropolis Public Colleges share — it’ll “present reduction to each residents and business companies” alike.
The whole price range proposal for Virginia’s largest metropolis is $2.2 billion, a greater than 6% enhance over the previous year which saw City Council cut $67 million as a way to attempt to soften the blow from the pandemic.
“Metropolis Council established the reserves on tasks, carried out the continuation of the hiring freeze and it actually has put us in place,” Chatellier stated.
On prime of the actual property tax price lower, the proposed price range calls for one more delay of a 3.5-cent enhance within the stormwater price. The $3.1-million loss might be made up through the use of reserves.
All different taxes and charges will stay as they at the moment are.
The proposed price range features a 3% pay enhance for metropolis workers and would assist fund the proposed 5% increase for school employees. No metropolis worker obtained a elevate final 12 months.
Most of the metropolis’s extra outstanding initiatives had been highlighted within the presentation together with the constant battle against flooding and sea level rise.
Duhaney is proposing so as to add a pipe cleansing crew to proactively clear stormwater pipes in addition to a crew to higher preserve retention ponds. He additionally consists of $9.9 million in new funding for stormwater administration.
So as to higher regulate short-term leases, a $200 yearly payment per operator can be collected to ensure that town to rent two new workers devoted solely to make sure compliance with town guidelines. Duhaney additionally added that the payment will assist fund a 24/7 hotline the place residents could make complaints about houses getting used improperly as Airbnb’s.
Duhaney’s first price range as town supervisor additionally consists of $3 million to be put aside to probably implement findings of a market wage survey that has been requested by city employees.
Town supervisor desires to fund the hiring of six new positions to help implement recommendations from the Hillard Heintze report on the Could thirty first mass taking pictures.
He additionally intends to maneuver ahead with the hiring of 30 firefighters and 7 new paramedics for the new Burton fireplace station.
These trying to weigh in on the proposed price range have the possibility to provide their opinion throughout two public hearings.
The Metropolis Council will maintain two public hearings in April, each at 6 p.m.
- April 21 – Virginia Seashore Conference Middle, VBTV
- April 27 – Virginia Seashore Conference Middle, VBTV
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