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Budget: Virginia Beach proposal would raise taxes for all day kindergarten, restore agricultural reserve money

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen on Tuesday, March 28, unveiled a spending plan that would raise real estate taxes to help establish full-day kindergarten throughout the city while redirecting money from a previous property… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach may consider cap on land use tax rate for agricultural land

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The city may consider a cap on land use tax rates on agricultural land, valuation that — using an example of class III cropland — has risen from $300 per acre in 2009 to $2,120 per acre… Continue Reading

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With few closings due to low interest rates, city aims to make reserve program a stronger option for farmers

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — City officials are working to offset interest rates to encourage participation in the Agricultural Reserve Program, which pays farmers for development rights but has been in a slump due to low interest rates. A proposal… Continue Reading