The Two-Cent Debate

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

March 29, 2007

Wednesday night at their budget work session, Charlottesville City Council decided to decrease property taxes by two cents.

“It’s outrageous if you look at what they've done to us the past three years, “said Ray Masters, President of the Starr Hill Neighborhood Association.

“The assessments have gone way up in our neighborhood over the last 5-10 years,” said Ned Michie, President of Greenbrier Neighborhood Association.

Many homeowners across the city aren’t too happy with the cost they could be paying for property taxes.

Masters said, “I haven’t had an increase in my income that equated to thirty percent, so we responsibly budget with the monies that we make and we know we can rely on, and as a professional we live in the city, and we want to stay here, but we seem to be getting priced out of our own neighborhood.”

Michie said, “I think that people in our neighborhood and me don't like parting with our money, but never-the-less, I personally don't mind parting with it for the purposes that the city has in mind.”

City councilor Kevin Lynch who says their decision to decrease the tax by two cents might decrease by a few more cents before this whole thing is over.

“In my opinion there’s a lot that we could still cut from this budget and that we should still cut from this budget. I would like to see at least another three cents cut. I think we could probably get another six cents cut if we are willing to roll up our sleeves and really pair down this budget,” said Lynch.

A budget adoption is set for Tuesday April 10th.

The next public hearing on city council's proposed budget will take place Monday April 2nd, at 7:00pm in City Hall.

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