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February 28, 2013

Fauquier tax increase proposed by administrator

Illustration/Steve Wheat
County Administrator Paul McCulla recommends adding 3-1/2 cents to the real estate tax rate, which stands at 97 cents per $100 assessed value.
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The “average” Fauquier homeowner would pay $109 more a year in county real estate taxes.

County Administrator Paul McCulla will make that recommendation in his proposed fiscal 2014 budget, scheduled for release at 4 p.m. today (Thursday).

The real estate tax levy would rise 3-1/2 cents per $100 assessed value.

Just exceeding $1, the tax rate would be: 100-1/2 cents.

Tax bills on homes, related structures and land would rise for the first time in seven years, Mr. McCulla said.

The county administrator Wednesday night gave about a dozen county government and school officials a brief “preview” of his plan, headed to the board of supervisors.

Highlights include:

• 2-1/2-percent raises for county employees.

• $2 million in additional funding for public schools. Interim Superintendent Sandra Mitchell proposed a $5.1-million increase in county funds.

• Continued, significant health insurance cost increases, with a proposed “80/20 split,” under which the county would pay four-fifths of the premium hikes.

• Only three new county government jobs added: one full-time in human resources and a part-time position each in social services and parks and recreation.

The “average” single-family home and lot in Fauquier have an assessed value of $313,000, said Mr. McCulla as he explained the effect on taxpayers. The average monthly increased cost: $9.

He shared the budget preview during a board of supervisors/school board liaison committee meeting.

Two supervisors, three school board members and eight staff members attended the meeting. They started with a tour of the new, four-story classroom building at Fauquier High School.

Fiscal 2014 will begin July 1.

Over the next month, the supervisors and school board will conduct public hearings and adopt their budgets.

With no funding authority, the school system operates with appropriations from the county, state and federal governments.

FauquierNow will have more in-depth coverage of Mr. McCulla’s proposal on Friday.

FY 2014 Proposed Budget Press Release by Fauquier Now

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crc60 · March 2, 2013 at 10:02 am
The tax rate should remain as is. Instead all involved (Fauquier Citizens and their leadership) should seek ways to regain and increase property values as that is as much a barometer of our success as anything else.

Of course we all need more money to counter the obvious, but unreported, inflation of real costs of living (50% increase in groceries since 2008 for example). Sequestration is about to reduce my pay 10 or 20%... we will find out Monday. I'm in agreement with the sequestration and am thankful for this instead of full furloughs. The pain is spread evenly among all the workers in my gub'mnt job. Fair.

I understand the BOS desires to help the county workers offset health cost increases, etc. I totally agree 100%... when the economy returns... not before.

The school system, with its majority (65-77% depending on who you talk to) portion of the county tax expense, remains the beacon of austerity should they decide to be. Are thrift, frugal, penny-wise or prudent words that describe the school system? You be the judge.

I tire hearing the school union rep pit the educators against the citizenry claiming their 'superior class' justifies their advancement of pay despite the economic pains of others. There's nothing like a little class warfare to distract from the failings of leadership eh?

Normally I ignore those who have forsaken everything they learned in Macro Economics and, instead, focus on structuring society with words like fairness, emotion, and tolerance rather than facts, reality and truth. I actually do agree with one point though... Currently the school budget remains hidden in a single property tax bill. The school system should have its own taxing authority and sever itself completely from the county regular budget. Watching the elected school board defend their large tax bill to the citizenry is one show I would gladly pay to see. Bring the popcorn.
Freedom warrior · March 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm
Now government wants to dig deeper into our pockets while stealing our freedom! We will not stand for this anymore America! Rise up, and tell these elected infidels that they do not represent us anymore. They are nothing but a giant, corn laden stain in lady libertys patriotically themed thong panties!!!

Hands off our pennies, pie and pig stationary Fauquier!
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