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Pittsylvania County proposed budget calls for more tax dollars

The Pittsylvania County Administrator presented the proposed 2018-19 budget to a packed house of citizens at the Motley Ruritan Club Tuesday night. (WSET)

PITTSYLVANIA Co., Va. (WSET) -- Pittsylvania County is talking about increasing the real estate tax by 11 cents next year, but many taxpayers said that is too much.

The Pittsylvania County Administrator presented the proposed FY 2019 budget to a packed house of citizens at the Motley Ruritan Club Tuesday night.

The proposed tax would raise the real estate tax from 59 cents per $100 dollars to 70 cents.

According to the county, the money would go to several areas with the biggest percentage going to the school system, however, many are upset the tax only applies to property owners and some fear the increase is too high a price for them.

"Even with myself working full-time, I have two kids in college so, to come up with that much more money is just going to be a real stretch and a real burden," said Kathy Hodges, who lives in Pittsylvania County.

Another resident was similarly distressed about the proposed tax hike.

"It's such a huge increase in one year. I'm a retired widow. We're on a fixed income. We own property, but we worked for that property," Marilyn Shelton said.

The new average tax burden will cost someone with a $100,000 home value about $12.50 per month, according to county officials.

To learn more about the budget, you can attend the next meeting on March 15 at Mount Airy Elementary School from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., you can also read answers to frequently asked questions, here.

To read the full proposed budget, click here.

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