As the Prince William Board of County Supervisors address taxation for 2020-21, it is important to note that various models are being used in this important deliberation.
The most used comment is that Prince William County is among the highest real-estate taxed locality in the area. Unfortunately, this model has little to do with comparisons of real estate taxes throughout Virginia.
A recent analysis based on Census data points out there are seven localities in Virginia that have median taxes higher than Prince William County. The highest median is in Falls Church City, at $6,005, to Fairfax City, at $3,646. Prince William County comes in at $3,402.
Sadly, thousands of county residents have lost their income during the pandemic. Never is the "right time" to increase taxes. But county school teachers are among the lowest paid in the region.
Consideration should be given to appropriate levels of monetary proffers for builders to pay for the hundreds of millions of dollars that will cost county taxpayers to fund new schools that are needed to accommodate increases in the school-age population.