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Chesterfield meals tax failure gives some ‘voters remorse’

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WTVR) -- It is budget season in the Commonwealth as localities reveal how they plan on spending your tax dollars.

But in Chesterfield, county leaders have proposed doing something they haven't done in over 25 years: raise property taxes.

Under the proposal revealed Monday, property taxes would increase 4.6 cents for every $100 of assessed value. That makes a $200,000 home about $20  more expensive come tax time.  In addition, vehicle registration would increase $10.

"Every penny counts and I think everyone is trying to maintain every penny," Sherri Weaver Russell,  a Chesterfield resident concerned with increases, said.

For some the proposal is making them have "voter remorse" over the meals tax that voters rejected last November.

Brandy Drumgole, who voted against the meals tax, is now realizing she might have made a mistake since she eats out rarely and estimates a meals tax would have only cost her about $20 or so dollars a year.

But under this proposal , once she is married between new cars and new homes, she could face a $50 tax increase.

"Maybe we should of voted a little differently," Drumgole said.

Budget Director Allan Carmody says this year's budget is about keeping Chesterfield competitive.

"We really want to make sure we keep Chesterfield on a steady course," Carmody said.

Carmody emphasized that the majority of the new revenue will go directly to improving schools as well as cleaning up polluted water.

One hundred new teachers are scheduled to be hired under budget proposals in Chesterfield as are four new patrol officers and two new resource officers for John Tyler Community College.


  • James

    No remorse. One less tax to have the ability to raise. Raise the taxes we already have, if that is what’s needed.

  • Liz

    The thing with a meal tax is that it would affect those who eat out frequently more than those who don’t. So if you are pinching pennies and choose not to eat out because you are on a limited budget, you aren’t affected quite as much.

  • Jennifer Pherris

    To whoever types these reports, you mean to say “should have” when you say “should of”. I think you are getting confused because the contraction of should have– “should’ve” sounds like “should of”.

  • Jim Evans

    Uninformed voters would rather pay increased property taxes instead of letting tourists and people passing thru Chesterfield County pay a meal tax!

  • Sam Mason

    You just don’t get it.We already pay too much tax and will reject any tax increase. I will vote against any one who approves a higher tax.

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