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Front Royal Proposes Real Estate Tax Increase

22 February 2018 News

Front Royal is proposing to raise its real estate tax from 13.5 cents per $100 of assessed value to 14.5 cents.

According to Town Finance Director B.J. Wilson, the increase would generate about one $110,000. By contrast, without the penny increase, the town would be at a deficit of about $80,000.

One of the reasons for the rate hike is a new police station, which cost $10.21 million dollars. Councilman Eugene Tewalt was the only council member to vote against the proposal. Now that it has been approved, he proposes that taxes be raised slowly over time instead of all at once.

Town Councilman John Connolly, however, said he would have a “tough time” voting for an increase when the town is “sitting on $1.5 million dollars in the general fund above the three-month reserve.”

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