Property taxes increased by 2% | Community
By Abby Whitt | Editor
Floyd County Board of Supervisors Chairman Joe Turman said last week that a tax rate hike was the only way to deal with rising operational costs in county departments.
Floyd County property taxes will drop from 63 cents to 65 cents for the 2022-23 fiscal year, which begins July 1.
The 2% increase split the board on May 24, with Indian Valley’s Kalinda Bechtold and Little River’s Linda DeVito Kuchenbuch voting against.
Turman (from Burks Fork), Jerry Boothe (from the Courthouse District) and Levi Cox (from the Locust Grove District) said inflation costs will continue to impact essential council-funded services , such as law enforcement and emergency medical services.
Cox said the cost of fuel had a significant impact, and Boothe agreed. Boothe said there will likely be other significant cost increases that will impact county departments and operations.
Turman said no one on the board wants to raise taxes this year, “but we have to get that money somewhere.”
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“It goes against my grain to vote to raise taxes,” Turman said. “We do not have the choice…”
Council also voted unanimously to change its planning permit and costs on May 24, following a public hearing.
The changes impact commercial and residential owners seeking electrical, plumbing, signage, and mechanical permits for a variety of reasons, including adding a generator, changing electrical service, and inspections.
Millsaps said the county’s permit fees had “not been updated in several years” and she worked with other officials to bring Floyd’s fees in line with those of similarly sized communities. Floyd County building inspector Mark Bolt was part of the process.
The increase range for each fee also varies depending on how long it takes to complete it, Millsaps said.
Three proclamations were unanimously approved and signed by supervisors on May 24 to officially recognize Correctional Officers Week (May 1-7), National Police Week (May 11-17) and emergency medical services (May 15-21).
Cox read the police week proclamation and President Turnman read the others for the record.
Supervisory Board meetings are streamed live and recorded on YouTube on the “FloydCountyVirginia” channel.