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Henrico Budget: Merit Raises, No Increase in Real Estate Tax

Building with clouds behind it
The Henrico County Administration Building. (Photo: Henrico County)

Henrico County’s budget for the next fiscal year includes a three percent merit raise for almost 12,000 employees, without raising the real estate tax rate.  

Budget  Director Justin Crawford presented the county manager’s proposed budget at last night’s Board of Supervisors meeting. The proposal would increase water and sewage tax by $3.05 per month on average, but Crawford said the real estate tax rate will stay at 87 cents.

“This marks the 42nd year the real estate tax rate has not been increased,” Crawford said

The proposed $1.4 billion budget is an increase of 5.5 percent from the current year. Most money in the general fund is going to public safety and public education. The county also expects there will be a surplus, as it has had for the past 10 years.     

"The bulk of funding within the general fund is dedicated to public safety and education," Justin Crawford said.

A public hearing is scheduled for April 14th.

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