HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – Residents of Hampton could see a decrease in the property tax rate over the next fiscal year if a proposed budget is approved by the Hampton City Council.
Hampton City Manager Mary Bunting released her recommended budget of $582 million for fiscal year 2023 on Wednesday.
There is $24.6 million in tax relief in the proposed budget for residents. The relief includes a 6-cent reduction in the estate tax rate (from $1.24 per $100 of assessed property value to $1.18), the valuation of automobiles at 75% of their value for tax bills and the end of the local portion of sales tax on groceries.
Hampton officials are also not proposing any fee increases.
The budget would allocate $268 million for schools and $314 million for city operations, including debt payment for municipal and school projects. The city’s school funding formula allocates 61.83% of new residential taxes to the school division.
Bunting’s budget would grant increases between 5% and 7% to staff, add new positions in important areas such as licensed commercial drivers and certain skilled trades, fully fund the school’s budget request to teachers can get raises and fund initiatives for young people.
“The proposed wage increases are varied, with sworn public safety personnel and 911 line operators for increases of 7%; civilian personnel earning less than $50,000, 6%; civilian personnel earning between $50,000 and $100,000, 5.5%; and staff earning more than $100,000, 5%. The minimum wage paid by the city will be increased to $13 an hour,” the city wrote in a press release Wednesday.
New positions include:
- Part-time paralegal, barrister and investigator in the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office;
- Additional code inspectors
- Plan reviewer and zoning officer
- Small Business Liaison
- Family support specialist
- Cybersecurity position and an additional human resources person
- Grants Writer and Grants Accountant
Some capital improvement projects proposed or already funded include:
- Prison security improvements
- Growth Pumping Station in Hampton Roads Center North Business Park
- Acceleration of three resilience projects to improve water quality/reduce flood damage
- Improvements to stormwater systems and investment in neighborhood flood reduction
- Buckroe Beach Widening
- Watercourse dredging
- Improvements to Bluebird Gap Farm, Darling Stadium and Hampton Coliseum
- More parking maintenance and repairs at the fleet facility
- Replacement of damaged railings
The city council will review the budget and have the opportunity to make changes to it before a vote scheduled for May 11. Working sessions and public hearings will take place before this date.
More funds and spending could also be changed and are not currently reflected in the fiscal year 2023 budget, including “federal COVID relief funds, grants, savings from debt restructuring, and savings expected at year-end due to conservative revenue projections and tight budget controls. ”
The full recommended budget will be released on Friday 15 April and can be viewed online at hampton.gov/budget.