Prince William Co. weighs higher taxes, larger raises

WASHINGTON — Homeowners in Prince William County will likely soon pay more in taxes, as the Virginia county considers larger-than-expected pay raises for school employees and local government workers.

In a public hearing on the proposed budget and tax rate Tuesday evening, David Sinclair with the county’s Office of Management and Budget said the proposal would raise the rate from $1.122 per $100 of assessed value to $1.125, “which results in an average tax bill increase of $71.”

Sinclair said the annual fire levy would also be raised slightly, “and that results in an average residential tax bill increase of $34.”

The increases of approximately $100 a year are expected to be adopted April 18.

The extra revenue would help fund large raises for Prince William County school employees and government workers, and help meet a goal of eliminating portable classroom trailers within 10 years, as proposed by Supervisor Frank Principi, D-Woodbridge.

Principi has said the best way to attract new businesses to Prince William County is to improve local schools.

While county school superintendent Steven Walts had initially recommended a 2 percent pay raise, some board supervisors want to see larger merit raises.

Neal Augenstein

Neal Augenstein has been a reporter at WTOP since 1997. Through the years, Neal has covered many of the crimes and trials that have gripped the region. Neal's been pleased to receive awards over the years for hard news, feature reporting, use of sound and sports.

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