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Charlottesville officials kick off budget season
The Daily Progress Thursday, December 07, 2017 at 10 p.m.

At a preliminary fiscal year 2019 budget development meeting on Thursday, Charlottesville officials presented a proposal to no longer have maintaining the city’s current real estate and personal property tax rates as a primary principle going into the budget development process each year.

The change could open the door to more robust discussions about whether to approve specific tax rate increases next year to cover the city’s operational and capital project costs, as well as debt service, outside agency funding and other obligations.

Mayor Mike Signer and Councilor Wes Bellamy were absent at the first fiscal 2019 budget meeting for the City Council. Councilors-elect Nikuyah Walker and Heather Hill, who will succeed Kristin Szakos and Bob Fenwick next month, were in attendance.

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