When it comes to their tax dollars, Richmonders are used to paying more for less.
With his new budget, Mayor Levar Stoney is asking Richmonders to pay even more through a 9-cent property tax rate increase, a utility rate increase averaging $5.82 a month per household and a 50-cent-per-pack cigarette tax. This comes after an effective tax increase at the beginning of 2019 when city property assessments rose 8.3 percent on average. These three new tax increases would put him at a total of six in just three years in office.
He says he has found all the possible efficiencies and savings possible in City Hall, and if we want better schools and roads then this is the only option.