Waynesboro City Council makes final vote on tax rates

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) — The talk about a tax increase in Waynesboro has been on the minds of many in the community lately. On the night of May 8, Waynesboro City Council made a final decision on a proposal to increase tax rates in the city.

Council chose to raise the tax rates by 7 cents, making it 87 cents for every 100 dollars of assessed property value.

They had the choice between 7 cents or increasing the rate by 9 cents.

Vice Mayor Terry Short said the increase will go toward helping the city debt that will come with high school renovations, and the increase will also go toward four new police officer positions and much more.

"Again, to accomplish the many things that have been deferred for a long time and to make Waynesboro an even better place. A more stronger, vibrant place than it already is," said Short.

According to Short, the tax increases will show on bills in July.

He also says every item that the tax increase will benefit will be posted in the city's budget listed on their website.