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Mathews personal property tax deadline extended to Feb. 6

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted after a public hearing Tuesday to extend the deadline for payment of 2022 personal property taxes to Feb. 6, 2023.

The board also voted 4-1, supervisor Dave Jones dissenting, not to do away with the $25 vehicle license fee assessed annually on all vehicle owners. Instead, members decided to discuss increasing the amount of personal property tax relief for this year at the Dec. 20 meeting, which will be held at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse.

During public comment period, Robin Beasley of Port Haywood chastised board members for “scrambling to figure out what to do” at the last minute when the board had known since February that there had been an unprecedented increase in the value of used vehicles.

Beasley said that, while she was in favor of eliminating the license fee, $25 per vehicle wouldn’t provide much relief to residents, and that more should be done. When the issue was brought before the board in October, sh...

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