Albemarle Co. executive recommends fiscal year 2023 budget

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) — The Albemarle County Executive has released a proposed budget for fiscal year 2023 — while property tax would stay the same, some taxes would drop.

“The budget recommendations will allow over the next five years to advance three new public school projects to meet capacity needs within our school system, two elementary schools; one from the northern power grid, one from the south and a second high school center,” said County Executive Jeff Richardson.

Richardson says this half-billion-dollar budget plan supports those school renovations, adds indoor air quality improvements, and moves Biscuit Run Park forward.

“It will provide a park experience unlike any of our other parks, combining the natural features of our rural parks with the sports amenities you expect from an urban park,” said Richardson.

Richardson’s plan would keep property rates the same, but reduce personal property tax rates.

“Reducing the personal property tax rate helps us reduce what would otherwise be a large, unexpected bill for community members that typically goes out in the same time frame,” Richardson said.

A new cigarette tax will cover the need for mental health services.

“This budget recommendation will launch a community response team led by the Department of Social Services and with a police officer, firefighter, EMT and social worker to respond to calls from those in crisis,” Richardson said.

Next steps include a public hearing on the recommended budget on March 2, scheduled business meetings, and another public hearing on the CY 22 tax rate and council’s proposed budget.

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