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Board seeks to keep tax increase at 3 cents

Budget discussions continued for the Gloucester Board of Supervisors during its Tuesday meeting in the colonial courthouse. At present, the budget for fiscal year 2023 calls for a proposed real estate tax increase of 3 cents per $100 of assessed value.

During the meeting, members of the board expressed they were comfortable with the 3 cent tax raise but not to raise it any further. During last week’s public hearing the board held, several Gloucester residents suggested raising the tax to 6 cents/$100 to fund more county projects (see related story below).

The conflict the board discussed during Tuesday’s meeting with was between funding of Woodville Park renovations and paying raises for county and school employees. The Woodville Park renovation is one of two CIP projects set to be funded in the proposed budget, costing about $855,000.

Currently, the pay raises proposed in the budget do not cover equal increase to school employees as it does for county employees. The schools ...

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