Stickerless shock?

Chart by Dennis Brack

In personal property (PP) tax bills that are due Dec. 5 (and go out this week or next), Rappahannock County residents will notice an increase meant to compensate for the discontinuance of the flat $20-per-vehicle tax collected in exchange for a county windshield sticker these last 30 years.

As characterized in last week’s report in this newspaper on the supervisors’ meeting, that would only mean an increase for those with vehicles worth more than $20,000.

As it turns out — and as County Administrator John McCarthy said this week, apologizing for miscalculating the complex array of moving parts that is the Virginia taxation system — the addition to the personal property tax rate will match the old $20 flat rate only if your vehicle is worth $8,000 (based on NADA Blue Book value).

At $20,000, you’ll pay an additional vehicle-related $50 this year. McCarthy noted that he will ask the supervisors to adjust next year’s personal property tax rate to reflect an appropriate credit.

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Former Rappahannock News editor Roger Piantadosi is a writer and works on web and video projects for Rappahannock Media and his own Synergist Media company. Before joining the News in 2009, he was a staff writer, editor and web developer at The Washington Post for almost 30 years.