The average homeowner’s local tax bill will go up by $105 in the next fiscal year under a budget Prince William’s Board of County Supervisors approved last week.
The board voted 6 to 2, with Supervisors Peter K. Candland (R-Gainesville) and Frank J. Principi (D-Woodbridge) dissenting, in favor of a $3.2 billion spending plan that includes pay raises for county employees, as well as funding increases for transportation, public safety and homelessness services.
The plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1 also fully funds the Prince William School Board’s $1.7 billion budget for the next school year.
To help pay for these government services, supervisors voted to raise the county real estate tax rate from $1.122 per $100 of assessed value to $1.125, which increases the average tax bill by $71. Prince William’s fire levy will go up, as well, from $0.0705 per $100 of assessed value to $0.0792, which works out to $34 more for the average property owner…
Principi said he was disappointed his colleagues chose to defer action on a 10-year plan he proposed to eliminate trailer classrooms at county schools.
Although the trailer proposal — which would cost about $600 million — calls for tax increases in future years, Principi said it could have been started in the next fiscal year with no immediate tax hike by using existing funds.
The supervisor said his peers preferred to refer the idea to a capital projects committee instead of enacting it right away.
“We just keep kicking the can down the road here,” Principi said.
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