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Would the board consider a tax cut?
Even though the county’s proposed budget calls for maintaining real estate taxes, the Board of Supervisors could change that. Last year, the Republican board voted to cut the rate by one cent.
This discussion didn’t come up at Tuesday’s meeting, but it still could over the next few weeks, County Administrator Anthony Romanello noted Friday.
Every penny on the tax rate brings in $1.3 million. A cut would mean going back to the budget principles, and working with all departments to find what could be trimmed, Romanello said, while limiting the impact on services to the community.
“It would be a real challenge given how lean we are,” he said.
The proposed $253 million budget eliminates the boat tax and personal property tax for Sheriff’s volunteers.
Want to check out the proposed budget yourself? Find it here.