Real estate tax; limitation on tax rate by localities. (HB1706)

Introduced By

Del. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Real estate tax; limitation on tax rate. Provides that localities must set real estate tax rates so that the total real estate tax revenue will not increase by more than 3% over the previous year's total real property tax levies with one exception. The exception would allow a locality to set its property tax rate at a rate not to exceed the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation in the locality for the immediately preceding year, but in no event shall the rate be set at any amount that would produce more than 6% growth. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/15/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 071920380
12/15/2006Referred to Committee on Finance
01/10/2007Assigned Finance sub: #2 (Purkey)
01/16/2007Impact statement from TAX (HB1706)


Harry Landers writes:

We can decide upon our tax rates locally without interference from Delegate Lingamfelter, thank you very much.

Vanessa Wolford writes:

Mr. Landers would change his mind if he lived in Tazewell County. You go Del Lingamfelter!!

I do not think any tax paying and registered voter would knowingly elect a county official who they knew would raise their real estate taxes between 20-30%. That should be a crime. This happened in Tazewell County in 2006, one of the poorest communities in Virginia. A mid-year real estate reassessment resulted in huge, very wrong, adjustments. Large amounts of people have gone to the board of equalization where the assessment has been adjusted. This indicates to me the assessment was poor and should have been re-done. The county officials have just accepted the assessment and gladly increased the taxes 20-30% in some areas (primarily in areas they PROJECT to have growth). I know of no working person that will get that size of raise in their paycheck nor will the majority of the elderly citizens living on social security. That's not all. The assessment was done mid-year 2006, but the tax assessor was instructed to tax the citizens at the higher assessed value back to the first of the year. Lots of residents received HUGE bills due right before Christmas.

I think this bill is VERY necessary to put some control on officials who lack the sense or desire to know how to handle such a situation.

I really hope and wish Del Lingamefelter can do something to help Tazewell County.