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James City County adopts car tax relief amendment

Date: November 22, 2005
Contact: Ruth Richey, Acting Communications Director

Phone: (757) 253-6864


In response to car tax relief changes that cap reimbursements to localities by the General Assembly starting in January 2006, James City County's Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance amendment Nov. 22 that would:


  • Provide continued tax relief to County residents on personally owned and operated motor vehicles.
  • Continue to exempt personal vehicles valued at $1,000 or less.
  • Authorize the County Treasurer to bill delinquent taxpayers for tax year 2005 and prior tax years for 100 percent of taxes due plus penalties and interest.


In 1998, the General Assembly enacted car tax relief (Personal Property Tax Relief Act), which provides relief from personal property taxes on the first $20,000 value on personal vehicles. When state revenue projections were not met, the 2004 General Assembly capped the state's reimbursement to localities at $950 million. Each locality will now receive a fixed percentage share of the $950 million to be allocated to the car tax relief program based upon actual state reimbursements for tax year 2004. As a result, the amount of the state reimbursement allotted to any individual vehicle, which reached 70 percent in 2005, will be reduced in subsequent years.


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