County Board Approves Plastic Bag Tax

CCounty Board Approves Plastic Bag Tax
The County Board adopted a 5¢ tax on disposable plastic shopping bags at its meeting on Sat, Sept 18. Currently, Arlington’s residential recycling program does not accept plastic bags because its contractor’s equipment can not process them. The plastic bag tax will go into effect on January 1, 2022.
  The tax will not apply to restaurants, farmers markets, clothing stores, and alcoholic beverage retailers. Bags used for wrapping meat, produce, dry cleaning, garbage and pet waste are also exempt. The tax is estimated to cost about $50/year to a family of 4 who persists in using plastic bags. ARLnow reported that County Board member Christian Dorsey hinted that the county may pursue other forms of behavior modification in the future. ARLnow Agenda Highlights
Is the County Greenwashing?
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Watch: Special LVCA Meeting on Lee Highway Plan

Watch: Special LVCA Meeting on Lee Highway Plan
County representatives encountered over 100 angry residents at LVCA’s recent virtual meeting on the Lee Hwy Study. The study proposed rezoning all of LV north of 18th St for commercial and high-rise development. Despite it all, we want to thank Paul Holland, Chairman of the Plan Lee Highway Community Forum and Leon Vignes of Arlington County Planning Staff for patiently facing our 2-1/2 hour pummeling.

Intro & Slide Presentation by Paul Holland (20:00)

Initial Questions by LVCA President, John Carten (14:40)
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Please Complain About Lee Hwy Plan

Please Complain About the Lee Hwy Plan
County representatives encountered 100* angry residents at LVCA’s recent virtual meeting on the Lee Hwy Study. The study proposed rezoning all of LV north of 18th St for commercial and high-rise development. This, along with other proposals on the south, east, and west would drastically change the character of the little sliver of LV that remained.
  It is extremely important that LV residents, who want to preserve their homes and their neighborhood, contact County officials to signal their opposition. Below there is a sample letter and information about who to contact. Many other problems with the study were voiced by LV residents during the meeting. The the meeting recording is worth a listen or a re-listen (the recording will be posted very soon).Click to Continue Reading…

New Water Bill Rate Structure Proposed

New Water Bill Rate Structure Proposed
Currently the rate structure is simple: all customers pay the same rate for the volume of water used. In the proposed new rate structure, different kinds of customers would pay different rates based on the demand each places on the water system. Customers will be classified as residential, commercial or multi-family.

In addition, the new rates introduce a base rate, tiered water consumption, and cap the sewer bill at each resident’s Winter consumption. The reason for the cap is to not charge residents for outdoor water use, like garden watering, as sewer use.

Survey About New Rates (Respond by Feb 28)

How Much More Will Residents Pay?
Compare charges under the existing rate with charges under the proposed structure. To use it you need to get your account number from your water bill.
Arlington Water and Wastewater Bill Calculator

FY2022 Real Estate Tax: Residents Lose

FY2022 Real Estate Tax: Residents Lose, Businesses Win
County Manager proposes balancing the budget of the backs of residents.
No change in the tax rate of $1.013 is proposed. Increased revenue is achieved by manipulating assessments. In addition the separate “stormwater tax” would increase from $0.013 to $0.017.

County Manager’s Proposed FY 2022 Budget Slide 2

Meanwhile, Alexandria’s proposed FY2022 budget cuts its real estate tax rate by two-cents, Alexandria’s fourth consecutive year with no increase. News Release

Property Values & Taxes Rise Significantly

Property Values & Taxes Rise Significantly
Residential property values increased 5.6% overall. The assessed value of the average single-family property rose from $686,300 to $724,400. Approximately 90% of residential property owners will see their assessed value increase. The tax rate is also expected to increase. Assessments will be mailed to Arlington property owners beginning Jan 15. See Your Assessment Online News Release

County Adopts Austerity Budget

County Adopts Austerity Budget
The Arlington County Board adopted a $1.3 billion balanced General Fund Budget for FY 2021 that reflects the novel coronavirus’s impact on County revenues. The budget reflects an estimated loss of $56 million in FY 2021 revenue: a reduction of $34 million for County government and $22 million for Arlington Public Schools.

The new budget could not legally increase the previously advertised tax rate, but property tax will still increase for the average homeowner due to rising property values.Click to Continue Reading…

Proposed County Budget Slashed

Proposed County Budget Slashed
Arlington expects a $56M drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Arlington Public Schools expect a $21.6M drop.

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PUBLIC NOTICE: 2020 Proposed Real Property Tax Rate

2020 Proposed Real Property Tax Rate
A public hearing on the proposed tax rate will be held on April 2, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible in Room 307, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA. after the hearing is held on April 2, 2020, the County Board may adopt a tax rate lower than $1.013 per $100 of assessed value, but it cannot adopt higher rate. Public Notice

The tax rate which would levy the same amount of real estate tax as last year, when multiplied by the new total assessed value of real estate, would be $0.976 per $100 of assessed value.

Free Tax Preparation Services

Free Tax Preparation Services
When: Jan 31-April 15
Where: Various locations (click button below)

The Department of Human Services has partnered with tax experts who will prepare your taxes for free.

On certain days of the week, people with low or moderate incomes can visit local tax clinics for free tax preparation services sponsored by the Department of Human Services, AARP Foundation, and Community Tax Aid, Inc.

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LV Residential Property Values Rise

The average home value for LV detached homes will increase about 6% (vs. 4.3% county wide). This is about triple the current rise in the CPI. About 85 percent of county residential property owners will see their assessed value go up.

Assessments were mailed to Arlington property owners on Jan 17 or can be viewed online.

The majority of County revenues come from the real estate tax (57% in 2019).

Skyrocketing Property Tax?

Skyrocketing Property Tax?
Arlington County has one of the highest median property taxes in the United States, ranked 40th of the 3143 counties in the USA. Arlington collects, on average, 0.8% of a property’s assessed fair market value, which amounts to about 3.6% of average resident’s yearly income.

Home Values are expected to increase significantly. Average Arlington sold price went up by 12.35% between Sept 2018 ($628,412.) and Sept 2019 ($705,997)
Source: Bright MLS