JCC Supervisors to Host Public Hearing on County Budget Proposal

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A speaker addresses the James City County Board of Supervisors at a meeting in March.(Gregory Connolly/WYDaily)
A speaker addresses the James City County Board of Supervisors at a meeting in March.(Gregory Connolly/WYDaily)

The James City County Board of Supervisors wants feedback from the public about the county’s next budget, a document that calls for the real estate tax to climb by 11 percent to address what the county administrator has identified as key issues.

To gather that feedback, the supervisors will host a public hearing starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the James City County Government Center’s Building F.

The proposed tax rate increase would push the real estate tax from 77 cents per $100 of assessed value to 85.2 cents per $100 of assessed value.

The tax rate has not been increased since 1996 when it stood at 87.5 cents per $100 of assessed value. The proposed increase would cost the owner of a $300,000 home about $240 more per year.

County Administrator Bryan Hill says the tax increase will address what he has identified as five key issues: the county’s fiscal health, schools, stormwater, county appearance and economic development.

A full breakdown of Hill’s proposal, the five key issues and where he wants to direct the $9,020,000 the tax increase would generate can be found here.

Stormwater and schools have dominated the conversation at two community meetings held earlier this month for citizens to share their thoughts about the budget — one each for the Roberts and Berkeley districts. Meetings are scheduled for later this month for the remaining three districts.

The board is set to continue discussing the budget proposal through the rest of the month, with a budget adoption scheduled for April 28.

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