Prince William County soon will have an official government budget for the next fiscal year. But it isn’t yet clear what that spending plan will look like.Acting County Executive Christopher E. Martino proposed a $2.9 billion budget Feb. 16 that would increase residential real estate tax bills by nearly 4 percent. The average increase would be $145, or $12.09 per month on a mortgage, to an annual total of $3,877. The real estate tax rate would rise to $1.145 from the current $1.122 per $100 of assessed value.
The $1.145 proposal is the highest possible rate that the Board of County Supervisors can approve for the fiscal year that begins July 1. It also would follow budget-writing guidelines that supervisors approved in December, which called for a 3.9 percent hike in the average homeowner tax bill for each of the next five years.
Four of the eight supervisors objected to increasing tax bills by that amount over such a long time. They said they are concerned about the financial burden it could place on constituents.
The other four supervisors are focused on the need to fund the increasing infrastructure requirements of the growing jurisdiction, Supervisor Frank J. Principi (D-Woodbridge) said last week.The result has been a standoff over government services, and how much to ask property owners to pay for them.
The supervisors are scheduled to approve a budget and tax rate by April 19.