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Average Fairfax County Tax Bill Could Jump $262

Supervisors advertise a higher real estate tax of $1.095 per $100 of assessed value, a 2-cent increase from the current rate but not as high as one supervisor hoped.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has set the FY 2014 budget’s advertised real estate tax rate at $1.095 per $100 of assessed value, a 2-cent increase from the current rate of $1.075.

Supervisors approved the rate in a 9-1 vote Tuesday after killing an amendment from Supervisor Gerry Hyland (Mount Vernon) to raise it another 1.5 cents to $1.11 per $100 of assessed value.

Hyland’s proposal would have hiked the average resident’s taxes $332, but was shot down in a 8-2 vote against the amendment.

Once the Board sets an advertised tax rate, it can’t legally adopt one any higher. Hyland argued that with the unknown effects of sequestration on the horizon, the Board should advertise a rate that would give it room to adjust to cuts and other effects.

“The next 22 or 23 days, for me, creates such uncertainty that it would be very helpful for us to at least advertise a higher tax rate as a cushion and a hedge against what else might happen that we’re not expecting,” Hyland said.

A 2-cent increase didn’t provide the breathing room Hyland felt they needed.

“I think we’re going to have a major struggle,” he said. “If we don’t advertise a higher rate, then we are, frankly, stuck with a proposed budget with no flexibility.”

Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins was the only Board member to support Hyland’s motion. She agreed the rate could be adjusted as the county conducted its public outreach meetings over the coming weeks.

“This is about advertising a tax rate, not adopting a tax rate,” Hudgins said. “This is an honest opportunity to arrive at the right solution.”

But the rest of the Board felt $1.11 per $100 of assessed value was far too high, considering many residents weren’t pleased with the original 2-cent bump.

“I am hearing from individuals in the community just about the increase of 2 cents,” Chairman Sharon Bulova said, let alone one any higher.

Supervisor Pat Herrity (Springfield) was sole vote against the adoption of an advertised rate of $1.095 cents.

He argued the tax increase would be too heavy a burden on homeowners when rolled together with other county taxes.

“I wouldn’t support the budget at this level, and I don’t think we should be advertising this level,” he said.

Tysons residents, for instance, will have to pay the real estate increase in addition to whatever tax is imposed as part of the newly-created Tysons Tax District.

Supervisor John Cook (Braddock) said he would vote to advertise the rate to start the dialogue with residents but wanted to see it go down

“I do not agree with the county executive’s budget and I hope that we will look at reducing some of the expenditures,” he said. “I will not support a budget that is at the advertised rates, but I will advertise them to get the discussion going.”

John Doe March 07, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Who in their right mind raises taxes during a recession? Our overseers are raising taxes to protect their jobs, retirements and power. I guess at this point, we get what we deserve. "Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today." Mark Twain
Davew reston March 08, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Exactly. They'll keep raising them until they're 100%. Then we'll all be screwed because eventually that wont even cover interest expenses on the ridiculous loans they've been taking. Not to mention the rising gas prices, rising reston association fees, rising homeowners association fees, lowering incomes, rising inflation, sequestration etc.
Java Master March 08, 2013 at 11:18 PM
The Board of Supervisors continues to act recklessly on the subjects of assessments and taxes. And we all pay the price.
The BSD Guy March 09, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Development costs a lot of money to support. Roads, schools, police. Surely you didn't think the developers were going to pay for any of this did you? Hold your head high when you imagine our hero, Cathy Hudgins, attending BOS meetings and FIGHTING for the profits of Boston Properties, Robert Simon, etc. The millionaire and billionaire developer elites are the only significant people on Earth, and if good 'ol Cath thinks she should reach into your pockets to take out some more money so there profits can be even higher, so be it/
The Analyst March 10, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Hudgins is about as pathetic as pathetic gets. Here you have a minority woman, taking full advantage of that to push an agenda against residents and for elites that's eventually, probably, creating problems for the lowest income people in the area. ....and just so a tiny percent of people can make a lot of money. It's really quite pathetic.

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