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Arlington homeowners see 17% bump up in tax bills over 3 years

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Another year of no reduction in the Arlington real-estate tax rate to offset spiraling assessments means that the typical county homeowner will be paying 17 percent more in taxes to the government compared to three years ago.

County Board members on April 26 voted to maintain the tax rate at $1.03 per $100 assessed valuation for 2022. That’s the same rate as in 2021 and is up from $1.026 per $100 in 2020, owing to an increase in the separate but obligatory stormwater tax imposed on properties.

Three years of increases driven by a hot housing market have seen the typical home’s assessed value up 16.52 percent. The slight bump up in the stormwater rate kicks the cumulative increase to just over 17 percent.

Arlington’s decision not to reduce tax rates comes as neighboring Fairfax County is gearing up for a cut of 3 cents per $100 on its rate, and Falls Church will cut its rate 9 cents per $100.

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Tax bills for the first half of the year will soon be on their way to property owners, and will be due in early June.

While homeowners will be bearing the brunt of the tax collector, Arlington vehicle owners will be getting some relief: County Board members voted to effectively cut the existing $5-per-$100 car tax by taxing vehicles at 88 percent of value rather than the traditional 100 percent.

Board members also voted to kill the $33-per-vehicle administrative “decal fee,” an admittedly regressive tax that had been retained even though county vehicles haven’t sported decals signifying tax payment for years.

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