Richmond city council talks property tax, rapid bus transit

RICHMOND,Va. — Richmond city council met Monday evening to tackle several issues, with the most anticipated topic being the city’s property levy.

Members decided to keep the city tax rate at its current level of $1.20. Councilwoman Reva Trammell was the only member to vote against it.

The decision means many will see an increase in their property assessments and still pay more in property taxes. That doesn’t sit well with some.

“I think we need to go a different route because we’ve got a lot of seniors on a fix income, and you hear about the bus thing going on, I think we need to look at this a different way if we can,” argued Richmond resident Melvin Jones, Jr.

Another controversial topic discussed was plans for the city’s bus rapid transit. Residents packed council chambers to speak out against the proposal.

Also discussed was the battle over a children’s hospital and a new location for the diamond on the Boulevard, which was continued to December 14.

Another item expected to be brought up in the near future: The final cost of the UCI cycling championships, which was not mentioned Monday.


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