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Supervisors take hard look at proposed tax increases

Gloucester supervisors came to a consensus during Wednesday night’s work session to keep the county’s boat tax at $1 per $100 of assessed value.

Board members also seemed leery of raising the real estate tax rate, which combined, could force up to $2.1 million to be cut out of the county’s proposed fiscal year 2013-14 budget.

The board of supervisors adjourned the meeting, which was held in the colonial courthouse, taking home with them information to make tough decisions on what they are willing to cut from the county’s budget in order to minimize or eliminate any tax increase.

County administrator Brenda Garton’s proposed $138 million fiscal year 2014 budget calls for a four-cent increase in the county’s real estate tax rate as well as a $1.95 increase on the rate at which boats are assessed.

Garton said each penny of the real estate tax generates approximately $400,000 in additional revenue ($1.6 million for four cents), while the increa...

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