FCTA Note:The following notice was published on page B5 of the Washington Times on 03/21/2014 and 03/28/2014. But unlike the Fairfax County notice, which states outright that it "proposes to increase property tax levies", Vienna's notice makes no such mention. Note that FCTA has added the last column -- amount of increase or decrease over the FY 2013-14 Adopted Budget -- which was not published in the newspaper notice. Notice that the increase in property taxes is slightly greater than the increase in the total town budget (**).
In fact, Vienna is proposing a 7.5% real estate tax increase! If one digs around on Vienna's web site, one finds on page 8 of the Town Manager's March 7 "Budget Message" that the average real estate assessment in Vienna has increased from $600,574 to $645,763 (7.5%) over the last year while the tax rate remains constant at 22.88 cents per $100 of assessed value.
The notice below mentions the April 7 "Public Hearing on Proposed Budget" but makes no mention of the April 28 "Public Hearing on Proposed Tax Rate" So the town apparently wishes to first inform residents of what it thinks it needs, and three weeks later mention what this means to your wallet. One can only hope that the Vienna Town Council will pay more attention to fiscal sanity and their taxpayers than do the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The Council members are listed below, and their vote on the amount of tax increase will be duly noted.
-- David Swink, FCTA Board member and Vienna resident (my RE taxes over last 40 years)
=> Sun Gazette: Vienna residents vent over rising town tax rate
Notice of Public Hearing