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My family and I recently had the misfortune of experiencing a 20 per cent reduction of our income. I would like to start discussion in regards to OUR counties / cities where we reside. As most of you already know, we are expected to pay our real estate taxes twice a year .

Why are assessments handed out annually, and we are expected to come up with lump sum payments twice a year as opposed to a quarterly or monthly tax bill ??

During these tough economic times, why is it that a common tax payer is coming up with ideas as opposed to our elected officials??

I would appreciate your response from a conservative tax paying citizen.

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Michael,

The Virginia Constitution requires that Real Estate be assessed at 100% of market value in all jurisdictions. This is done as of Jan 1st each year. Most folks with a mortgage pay their taxes in equal monthly escrow payments with their mortgage. Those not paying that way get a bill from their local jurisdiction payable in two payments, the first usually in June or July and the second in December. I don't know of a prohibition that would preclude monthly payments to each jurisdiction, although you may have to do it on your own. You might want to suggest monthly or quarterly payment plans at the next meeting of your local governing body.
Tom Whitmore said:
Michael,

The Virginia Constitution requires that Real Estate be assessed at 100% of market value in all jurisdictions. This is done as of Jan 1st each year. Most folks with a mortgage pay their taxes in equal monthly escrow payments with their mortgage. Those not paying that way get a bill from their local jurisdiction payable in two payments, the first usually in June or July and the second in December. I don't know of a prohibition that would preclude monthly payments to each jurisdiction, although you may have to do it on your own. You might want to suggest monthly or quarterly payment plans at the next meeting of your local governing body.
Thanks Tom !

I will Look into and suggest it .
How topical. I recently posted a blog on how I came up with a way to save Chesterfield County tens of thousands of dollars and they weren't interested. The problem is that unlike you and I, governments, even local ones, never learn to do with less.

I just took a cut from 60k to 35k per year. I know....Cry me a river right? I'm fine cuz I'm now delivering pizzas at night and on weekends. The point is we've cut our household budget to make up the difference.

I know this is going to sound extremely unpopular but if I can take a 45% pay cut why can't a teacher take a pay cut. Why is that so off limits. I work far more hours and don't get 3 months a year off of work yet make 15k less than the average teacher. The problem is pay reductions only happen in the private sector. The size of your budget increases exponentially the amount of your power.

Maybe we've got this all wrong. Maybe sending tea bags to the feds isn't where we need to begin. What if we all started by organizing protests against our local government demanding a 30% spending cut. Not a 30% reduction in yearly spending increases but an actual cut. If the aggregate income in a county has gone down by 20 % then the county budget should reduce by as much. Where possible this can be accomplished through outsourcing or eliminating unnessecary services. After that it's a flat across the board pay cut.

That will never happen and that's why your county taxes cannot go down.

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