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There are approximately 165 separate properties in the district, which are owned by approximately 100 property owners (individuals, corporations, etc.).
View the map of the service district.
The supplemental tax rate is $0.03 per $100 of assessed valuation – only for properties located in the district. This supplemental tax would appear as “Special Assessment District” on your property tax bill and varies depending on the value of your property.
No. The ordinance that established the service district taxation authority expires December 31, 2021. For the supplemental taxation authority to continue past that time, a new ordinance would need to be approved by the Board of Supervisors.
If your property is in the service district, it is subject to the supplemental tax, whether it is vacant or improved.
The supplemental tax paid for the initial improvement of landscaped medians in Midlothian Turnpike, between Chippenham Parkway and Turner Road. In addition, this revenue currently pays for ongoing landscape maintenance, trash removal, and supplemental plantings in the medians through a contract with a landscape maintenance company. Finally, excess supplemental tax funds are held in a segregated fund that may only be spent on improvements and maintenance in the district, purposes that are specifically identified by county code. This provides a protected reserve fund for emergency median plant replacement for the district in case of drought or damage.
No. The supplemental tax only pays for median maintenance. Road and roadside maintenance are the responsibility of the Virginia Department of Transportation.
The county is reviewing the feasibility and community interest in continuing the service district for another ten years, to continue providing a funding mechanism for median landscape maintenance.
The county is not proposing an increase. The existing district revenues, based on $0.03 per $100 property valuation, are sufficient to provide ongoing maintenance and a supplemental reserve for emergency plant replacement. If the district continues, district properties would continue to be assessed this supplemental tax rate.
The district does not directly affect property outside of the district. The district has the indirect benefit of providing a more attractive environment in this important business area and is intended to protect and attract business investment.
If the district expires, the supplemental taxation authority would cease and the revenue stream for ongoing maintenance of the medians would disappear. Accrued district reserves could be used on a temporary and short-term basis to cover maintenance expenses. Reserve funds are not sufficient to provide for a multi-year maintenance solution. In such an event, maintenance would revert to state maintenance similar to most other county roads. The state provides minimal mowing and trash removal services for medians several times a year. Such work would be less frequent and would not provide the enhanced planting quality of the existing medians.