Area Residents Speak Out on Taxes And Proposed Budget Items

Area Residents Speak Out on Taxes And Proposed Budget Items

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A leader of the Jefferson Area Tea Party is raising questions about the city’s proposal to raise cigarette taxes. Carole Thorpe (pictured) asked the City Councilors if they are trying to boost the tax so people who live and work in Charlottesville will modify their behavior. Councilors say their plan to increase the cigarette tax by 20 cents per pack will generate more revenue. They see persuading people to stop smoking as a benefit. The extra money from cigarette taxes is part of Charlottesville’s more than $150 million proposed budget. Retired educator Kathy Johnson Harris hopes teachers will start getting larger paychecks when a new budget year begins in July. The council will vote on tax rates and a new budget during a special meeting at 1 p.m. Friday. They will meet in a conference room on the second floor of City Hall.


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