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What do you think of Fauquier County real estate taxes?

The “average” homeowner pays $3,352 a year. That would increase $393 — in large part to hire more firefighter/medics and to increase school funding — under the county administrator’s proposed budget for fiscal 2019, which begins July 1.

Disclaimer: This poll represents an unscientific sampling of users.
Select one of the following options, then click the "vote" button.
  Fair for the services we receive.
  Too high.
  I’d pay more to support emergency services.
  I’d pay more to support education.
  I’d pay more to support emergency services and education.
  Undecided.
(315 Votes)
Member Comments (7)
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roytrees
March 25, 2018 at 10:09 am
The criteria for the elderly and disabled to gain tax relief needs to be adjusted accordingly. The gross income needs to be increased while lowering the financial net worth. High real estate assessments and a high tax percentage increase makes it hard for a senior or disabled person to continue living in Fauquier County. As assessments and taxes change, so must the tax relief program. One must change with the other.The tax relief qualifications have not changed for years.
martinkus
February 22, 2018 at 5:17 pm
Approximately 47% of the county's budget is already earmarked for the school system. The school board has a voracious appetite. There are many, many folks in the county, e.g., folks on a fixed income, that cannot continue to absorb higher taxes year-in-and-out. Those in charge need to consider the impact of higher taxes on all residents and not be blinded by the rhetoric that our county is "rich" and can easily afford higher taxes, especially higher real estate taxes to fund 100% of all requests.
BJ
February 22, 2018 at 10:11 am
We need to figure out the difference between wants and needs.
NEEDS: Good schools, teachers, emergency responders, health professionals, hospitals, roads, bridges, jobs and useful skills, food supply, water, clean air, shelter, clothing, safe environment, connectivity through clear phone reception and internet, post offices, libraries, and peace of mind.
WANTS: Dog parks, swimming pools, expensive cars, gigantic houses, parade for the President, tax exemptions for the rich, more places to eat, movie theatres, bowling alleys, etc. All the things not needed to survive.
Blaine Johnson
bjlehman
February 21, 2018 at 4:50 pm
If you do not support students and fund their education now you will be supporting them while they sit in our county jails later. Give them the teachers they deserve. We have some great teachers now but how long until big pay checks take them elsewhere. Fund our schools and give our kids opportunities. Just look at article about the Culinary Arts programs. Remember our kids are great and deserve a chance to shine.

I have had to pick up the phone and make that dreaded call to 911 three times, all for my children. All three times someone answered, police and ambulance personnel showed up and my family felt supported by our community.

These services are worth our support. Communities work when we support one another.

No one WANTS to pay more for anything, ever. But you get what you pay for.
jmurphy51
February 21, 2018 at 1:07 pm
We continue to loose qualified candidates to other counties. We may be ok with the situation now but we will eventually reap what we sow. We will attract fewer quality candidates to replace qualified retires or loose people to surrounding jurisdictions. We will keep the kids in the society that we have chosen to neglect and face problems that will have become compounded.
coachingfromthebleachers
February 21, 2018 at 11:27 am
Just goes to show that education is not a priority in Fauquier County.
BJ
February 18, 2018 at 10:12 am
As we plan on retiring in the next couple of years, we are searching properties for sale outside Fauquier county since this tax rate is straining our budget at the seams. We understand why more and more people are not making improvements to their properties based on the current assessors reports, it not only costs you upfront but down the road in higher taxes.
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