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Morning Read: Arlington Board Votes for 5-Cent Property Tax Increase



    The Arlington County Board voted Saturday in favor of a 5-cent property tax increase.

    The new tax rate isn’t official, but it sets the maximum possible tax increase before a final budget vote in April. The tax rate has been complicated this year by uncertain federal spending cuts.

    If it's enacted, the tax rate for each homeowner would jump five cents per $100 of assessed property value. The average homeowner in Arlington would see their tax bill increase by about $350 annually, according to WTOP.


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