Council Approves Budget 4-1

Charlottesville City Council has approved a new budget, although not without much debate. The four democrats on Council voted in favor, and Council’s lone Republican Rob Schiiling voted against it. Councilor Kevin Lynch accused Schilling of “grandstanding” in his opposition, with Schilling saying to Lynch and Councilor Maurice Cox: “you and others have been very rude, and I’m not engaging with you right now.” The new budget raises trash sticker fees to from $1 to $2/bag, car stickers to from $20 to $30 each, and a meals tax increase from $0.03 to $0.04, while lowering the real estate tax rate from $1.11 to $1.09. Elizabeth Nelson has the story in today’s Progress. 11:30am Update: Be sure to read the comments to see Schilling’s dissenting opinion.

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