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10.5-cent tax increase could fund all Mathews requests

This story has been corrected in paragraph four to reflect a mistake by the Gazette-Journal and a misstatement by a supervisor

Mathews supervisors learned Tuesday night that they could fund the operational budget requests of all departments, including the school system, with a 10.5-cent increase in the tax rate. 

The board was also given figures showing the impact that a 10-cent increase in the tax rate would have on properties with various assessments: $142.50 a year on a home worth $150,000, $237.50 on a $250,000 home, $475 on a $500,000 home, and $950 a year on a home assessed at $1 million.

Three supervisors voiced their support for a tax increase. Supervisor Amy Dubois said she would like to fully fund the budget, while the board’s vice chair, Edwina Casey, said she was in favor of giving the schools a 7 percent raise, as opposed to the 13 percent raise they have requested. A 7 percent raise for schools would cost the county an additional $735,000 annually, according...

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