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Amid “Trump wave” washing over Virginia, GOP’s Knight wins in the 81st House District; Davis returns in 84th House District; victory for incumbents in Virginia Beach constitutional offices

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Voters on Tuesday, Nov. 7, chose state Del. Barry Knight, R-Virginia Beach, to return in the 81st House District, but he said it was a bittersweet victory as other Virginia Republicans fell — including at… Continue Reading

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2017 Elections: Questions for the candidate for Virginia Beach commissioner of the revenue

Ed. note — The Independent News asked the candidate for Virginia Beach revenue commission to answer the following questions. This appeared in print on Friday, Nov. 3. Responses by incumbent Revenue Commissioner Phil Kellam, who is running unopposed, have not been edited.… Continue Reading

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More work ahead on digital markets for rentals in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Commissioner of the Revenue Phil Kellam recommended further study of the scope of short-term rentals in Virginia Beach, a hot topic over the past year due to aspects such as “event home” rentals in Sandbridge… Continue Reading

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Drive through appeals can mean personal property tax savings for Virginia Beach residents

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The drive-through tax appeals tent is bringing people hoping to save on their personal property tax bill to the municipal center, though this year the operation is in a new location — 2581 George Mason… Continue Reading

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Airbnb request to be included in Virginia Beach legislative requests; Henley objects to committee

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach property owners who rent out their homes through online platforms such as Airbnb must register with the revenue commissioner here and collect lodging taxes or face penalties under a code change approved this… Continue Reading

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Drive-through appeals near end, but commish says citizens can still challenge assessments

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – There are only a couple of days left for drive-through personal property assessment appeals that help many folks save on car tax, but Revenue Commissioner Phil Kellam said citizens can still have their car looked at after… Continue Reading