JAMES CITY — In the spring, the Board of Supervisors passed the first real estate tax rate increase in nearly 20 years. The vote came after they held forums with the public in each of their five districts; the decision raised more than $7.8 million in additional revenue.
The real estate tax rate has become a topic of debate among candidates running for the board in the Nov. 3 election.
Last winter, the county's financial advisory firm, Davenport & Company, warned supervisors that the board had too frequently tapped cash reserves to balance the county's budget. They said the county's AAA bond rating was at risk.
In addition, County Administrator Bryan Hill...