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Chesterfield mulls over possible tax hike, fee increase

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – Chesterfield residents could pay additional property and vehicle taxes as the county seeks to bring in more revenue to ease a budget deficit.

“You’re either going to pay a nickel now or a quarter later,” said Beth Hooper, who has three children in Chesterfield County schools.

Parents like Hooper believe school funding should be a top priority. But not everyone agrees.

“If you’re trying to grow Chesterfield County and get more people to move into the county, you know schools are super important to the parents that are going to be relocating here,” resident Sue Anderson said.

One possible option to ease the budget woes comes from the Chesterfield Education Association. That group says adding 3 cents to the property tax rate, which is currently at 95 cents per $100, could generate about $9 million for schools.

Chesterfield Education Association President Donald Wilms said that would be just enough to get the school system through another year.

Wilms wants that possible extra money to go to hiring additional teachers.

To do the right thing by the children, you’ve got to have class sizes that are small enough that a teacher can get to every single student,” Wilms said.

Wilms broke down how much a family that lives in a $200,000 home would pay. It would equate to about $60 a year or $5 a month.

Road are another hot topic since the county could double their money by meeting qualifications for a state matching grant.To do so, the county would need to add $10 to vehicle registration fees.

“That would generate $3.5 million of local revenue. Therefore, resulting in $7 million in a combined state and locally funded transportation initiative,” Allan Carmody, Chesterfield’s Director of Budget and Management, said.

The board of supervisors are still working on their five year capital improvement plan. They will ultimately decide whether to increase the property tax rate and vehicle registration fees.

8 comments

  • MLee Baker

    First they try a no referendum meals tax, afraid of the vote, and they were right to be. So now this. The object of the Government shouldn’t be to take more money to improve things to get more people here, which would lead again to more improvements required and more money. Just a vicious cycle. Stop mandating and let the people decide. Given a decent explanation and some guarantees people aren’t afraid to pass a referendum, happens every election cycle. And state and federal government shouldn’t be allowed to take our own tax dollar and hold it like a carrot on a stick offering to give some of it back if we only spend more and take in more taxes.

  • Robert Schmidt

    tighten your belts and not force me to tighten mine…….I work at a company in the private sector that has not given a raise in 7 years. Most School principals make more than the average governors salary in the United States……With that being said, even thinking of raising the 20.00 fee to 30.00 is criminal………Yes, death and taxes/fees are inevitable, but unfair and ridiculous taxes started a revolution and founded the United States……Citizens, wake up and take control……….

  • issatrue

    By hook or crook, one way or the other, Government will TAX something,
    somewhere, somehow, to Extort, because they can’t manage
    well, efficiently, or effectively within Their Budgets; as the Tax Payers
    are Forced to do, because of their Governance.

  • Joe

    Maybe we’d have more money if we didn’t pay for everyone’s food/board.

    If a provided benefit doesn’t benefit all equally, it should be abolished.

  • issatrue

    Governments will always find a way to Tax more; a new tax, a tax not called a tax, up the tax, It’s the Government Scam of Extortion
    because Government cannot manage or operate well, efficiently,
    or effectively within their Budgets, with OUR money; that we need
    desperately need now, because of their Governance.

  • donald

    this money will not end up helping school children it will end up in some principle’s,board members or county mangers pocket.Same junk they tried to say in Henrico where the schools have become a joke.Raise the meal tax they said will help schools.Know who it helped?the outgoing super that got a nice fat going away bonus.

  • Charles Daniels

    Just one of the many reasons I left Chesterfield……this money isn’t for the schools. Its for the big salaries in the School Board office…..let me see…..the assistant to the assistant school board sup is making north of six figures????? I have a real problem with this. You suckers can keep paying those high taxes to fund the big salaries…….jokes on you!!!

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