Proposed budgets include tax and fee increases for Hampton Roads cities

Posted at 11:43 AM, Apr 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 16:43:40-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Proposed operating budgets for seven cities in Hampton Roads have been unveiled for FY2016-2017 and for most residents, it means an increase in taxes and fees.

Virginia Beach recently prepared a report for City Council summarizing major tax rates and fees in Hampton Roads in an effort to benchmark the city with others.

For FY2016-2017, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News and Norfolk have all proposed an increase to one of the major tax rates and fees. Portsmouth is the only city without a proposed increase in those areas.

Real estate, personal property, hotel, admissions and meals taxes are expected to remain the same in all seven cities for FY2016-2017.

Norfolk has proposed an increase in the cigarette tax, while both Norfolk and Newport News are seeking to increase stormwater fees.

Virginia Beach and Newport News have both proposed increases to their solid waste fee, while Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton and Newport News have all proposed water and sewer fee increases.

You can find the full budget proposal and supporting documents for each of the cities here: