Possible Tax Increases Coming to Harrisonburg

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- If you live in Harrisonburg your taxes could be going up soon. The deadline to adopt a budget is less than a month away and the budget proposal put forward by the city manager calls for a six cent real estate tax increase; however, the city council is now saying that increase may end up going as high as nine cents.

Nothing is official just yet, but the deadline to adopt a budget is at the end of May.

There are only two city council meetings left, so this speeds up the budget process if the council thinks it needs more money.

Charles Chenault, a councilman, said based on changes he would like to see in the city manager's proposal, more revenue will be needed. He didn't go into specifics, but he said he would prefer to cut things from the city manager's proposal rather than he raise taxes. At this time he will not rule out an increase.

"I'm sure no one, including me, wants to see their taxes increased. But I'm hoping we've got people in the city that realize that we have extremely low tax rates compared to other jurisdictions. But, and here's the key, our services in the city are second to none," said Chenault.

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