Council Takes Measures

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

October 3, 2005

City Council met tonight and discussed several issues on the agenda, including the City's future cable provider, and decals on residential vehicles.

City Council approved several measures, including the future cable provider for City residents. The heard from the City Treasurer on the possibility of removing the city decal property tax option.

For years, the car decal has been a method to collect personal property taxes. Because of advancements in tax collecting, the Charlottesville City Council is pondering the idea of eliminating the sticker.

"It is difficult to enforce because a lot of localities are moving away from it. The absence of a sticker doesn't mean the car is not registered somewhere," said Mayor David Brown.

Towns statewide like Richmond and Lynchburg have found that it is cost effective and more convenient to get rid of the sticker. The City estimates that it will save nearly $42,000 in labor and mailing fees while saving residents future headaches.

"We are hoping that it is going to be a real big convenience for the citizens. One of the things that they really hate doing is getting the decal," said City Treasurer Jennifer Brown.

In other business, City Council voted unanimously to approve the transfer of cable providers from Adelphia to Comcast. Comcast is proposing to buy the company, who declared bankruptcy after Adelphia's owners were found to have stolen millions of dollars from its holdings.

The final decision on the decals will be made at the next meeting on October 17th. As for the Comcast buyout, it is expected to be completed by early next year but subscribers should see little to no changes in their immediate service.

If the car decal were to be eliminated, it would take effect this coming January.

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