Pastures Supervisor Tracy Pyles (D) is open to looking at equalizing the rate with a drop in the real estate tax. Riverheads Supervisor Nancy Sorrells (I) hedged by saying the county still has bills to pay including parks and recreation and libraries.
Now Middle River Supervisor Gerald Garber (R) has spoken in today's News Virginian:
The value on Les Curry’s 2,400-square-foot Weyers Cave home and property shot up by almost 50 percent to $144,500.Chesterfield County assessments actually went down, according to today's Richmond Times-Dispatch:
“I can see an increase, but not double. It’s outrageous,” said Curry, whose home was built in 1919.
Augusta County Supervisor Gerald Garber said most of the complaints he heard over the weekend and Monday were about the increase in land prices.
“No one has complained to me about houses,” Garber said.
Supervisors need to look at all the reassessment data before making any decisions about tax rates, Garber said.
For the first time since the early 1990s, home values in Chesterfield County are down this year.
Reassessment notices for most of the county went out Saturday and reflect a 1.5 percent decline in the average home's value since last year. The median assessed value of a home in Chesterfield is $216,000.
Values in 2008 went up 10.9 percent from the year before, and in 2007, they were up 16.2 percent from 2006.
Commercial assessments increased by nearly 1 percent, leaving overall assessed property values close to flat. DJ McGuire at Right-Wing Liberal had comments yesterday, and previous posts on SWAC Girl have addressed this issue:
- Augusta reassessments: a tale of two supervisors
- Augusta reassessments arrive