DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) – The real estate tax rate is on the rise in Dinwiddie. The board of supervisors voted to increase the county rate. The decision was not unanimous.
Some Residents say the higher property tax rate will impact their pockets.
"I'm just going to have to economize -- just cut corners somewhere else in order to pay for it," said resident, Patsy Christopher.
The rate is now 4 cents higher -- from 68 cents per $100 of assessed value to 72 cents. Since the average home in Dinwiddie County is $185,000 -- the rate hike means an extra $74.00 a year.
"The consensus of the board is that the increase was needed to fund payroll and debt services. The debt services there's nothing we can do about it -- it's fixed," said board member, Donald Haraway.
Haraway voted against the increase, in part, because many residents saw bigger real estate bills last year due to higher property reassessments.
"So over a 2 year period we're looking at an 18 percent increase to the taxpayer," said Haraway.
The increase could have been bigger.
"There was a board member who wanted it to increase to 75 cents. So fortunately for taxpayers we had 4 members on the board who didn't want a 75 cent tax rate," said Haraway.
As for Christopher, she calls the hike a financial blow for many residents. She doesn't like it but understands the need for an increase.
"I suppose it was inevitable. You got to pay for services somehow," she said.
Starting this June property owners will see that tax hike reflected in their real estate bills.