At tomorrow’s PWC Supervisors’ meeting, an advertised tax rate will be determined. Last year’s discussion, included no less than 7 votes before a final rate was adopted. This year should be equally as interesting.
I have concerns about the numbers proposed by Chairman Stewart as he proports to claim an average $548 savings. Our personal property tax bill is determined by our Assessed Value divided by 100 then multiplied by the tax rate plus some additional fees ie stormwater. Our previous tax rate was 98 cents, Stewart now proposes $1.19 which is a 21 cent increase. The proported decrease in the bill will be due to the lowered assessed rates. So, how much value will you have had to lose in your home to qualify for the $548 ‘savings’? $112,500.
Then we have Chairman Stewart’s pretty package spin which conveniently ignores the $112,500 in average home value loss but instead focusus on the ‘savings’.
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors will vote this Tuesday March 3 on advertising a property tax rate. I am proposing a rate that will reduce tax bills for homeowners by an average of $548.00 (a 16 % reduction). I want to thank Supervisors Maureen Caddigan (Dumfries), Wally Covington (Brentsville) and John Stirrup (Gainesville) for joining me in supporting this tax relief.
This tax rate of $1.198 will support the County Executive’s proposed budget, which reduces government spending by $56 million compared to last fiscal year without cutting any of our uniformed police or fire and rescue personnel. The County Executive’s budget is responsible and sustainable. By focusing our resources, it allows us to protect vital county services while providing tax relief to you during these uncertain times.
To pass this tax reduction, we need at least five supervisors to vote this Tuesday in support of the $1.198 tax rate. Please email the Board at BOCS@pwcgov.org urging the whole Board to join Supervisors Stirrup, Covington, Caddigan and myself in supporting this rate and ensuring tax relief for you.
Please be sure to tune into Comcast Channel 23 or Verizon FIOS Channel 37 to see how your supervisor votes.
Corey A. Stewart
Prince William Board of County Supervisors
1 County Complex Court
Prince William, VA 22192
(703) 792-4640 – Telephone/(703) 792-4637 – Fax