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Board keeps tax rates unchanged

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors held a special called meeting last Wednesday, May 1, to set the tax rates for the 2024-2025 fiscal year and to appoint an interim zoning administrator in the wake of the resignation of former planning, zoning and wetlands director James Knighton.On the recommendation of county administrator Ramona Wilson, the board voted unanimously to keep the rates the same as last year. Those rates are $0.56 per $100 of assessed value on real estate, $3.70 per $100 of assessed value on personal property, $2.14 per $100 for campers and other such property, $2.14 for machinery and tools, and $1.45 for boats.

Supervisor Mike Walls supported decreasing the personal property tax rate and making up for the loss by increasing the real estate tax rate.

“We’re missing people who buy second homes, but their boats, autos, and everything else is taxed in another jurisdiction,” said Walls.

Supervisor Dave Jones agreed, saying that the change in rates would help M...

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