The County Manager previews a balanced budget that includes a recommended reduction in the property tax rate, and more money for public safety and schools.
Homeowners should ignore letters making false claims about real estate taxes.
Tourism in Arlington generated $2.97 billion in local travel spending in 2014, an increase of 4.9 percent over 2013. Tourism also supported 24,750 jobs in the County and generated $80.7 million in local tax receipts benefiting the community.
The Arlington County Board today voted to lower the late payment penalty for real estate taxes from 10 percent to 5 percent for the first 30 days after the due date. The penalty for delinquent real estate taxes not paid within 30 days following the due date will remain unchanged at 10 percent. More than 1,000 taxpayers could benefit annually.
In its final work session on the FY 2016 Budget, the County Board said it will not raise tax rates.
The Arlington County Board today voted 5-0 to advertise a property tax rate of $1.011 per $100 of assessed value for Calendar Year (CY) 2015, including the $.013 stormwater sanitary district tax. This is 1.5 cents above the CY 2014 real estate tax rate. By law, the Board cannot adopt a rate higher than the one advertised, although it may adopt a lower rate.
The cost of preparing your family for an emergency will drop the week of May 25-31, National Hurricane Preparedness Week.
The Arlington County Board today adopted a $1.15 billion General Fund Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, cutting one cent off the real estate tax rate while adding funding for schools and year-round yard waste pickup to the County Manager's Proposed Budget. The Board maintained the County's commitment to keeping Arlington Public Schools among the nation's finest. It provided a total of $440.6 million to Schools for the FY 2015 Budget, adding $19.6 million to base funding and another $8.4 million for school construction or other one-time expenses.
In a statement, Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette announces the County Board's intent to include employee merit step increases in the FY 2015 Budget, while maintaining a one-cent real estate tax reduction. The inclusion is funded largely by hiring slowdown and elimination of proposed positions. The change reflects concern over higher employee expenses for health care.
CORRECTION: A release issued by the County on Wednesday, April 17 incorrectly stated the percentage increase in the County FY 2015 Budget for both County Operations and for Schools funding. This release corrects those errors and adds the total increase in funding for Schools over the FY 2014 Budget. We regret the errors.