Alexandria tax bills going up, but tax rate is not

WASHINGTON — The average tax bill for homeowners in Alexandria, Virginia will go up about $200 in the coming year.

The increase is a result of higher assessed property values, not a rate change.

The Alexandria City Council on Thursday approved the $649.2 million general fund budget without tax increases. The tax rate of $1.043 per $100 of assessed value stays the same.

“This budget maintains Alexandria’s commitment to high-quality services and long-term community investment without raising taxes or cutting core services,” says Mayor William Euille.

Some fees for sports and recreational activities will go up, however. The fee increases include youth sports, summer programs and facility rentals.

The council unanimously passed the budget, declaring that it upholds the city’s priorities even while the economy plods along.

“Public schools, number one, received additional funding,” Euille says.

A new fire station in the Eisenhower Valley also has the funding to be staffed and ready to operate by late this year or early 2016, Euille says. The council set aside $1.3 million for the hiring of roughly 20 firefighters.


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