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February 24, 2020
Dear Boat U.S. Member:
If you keep your boat in Prince William County, Virginia, you should know the County Board of Supervisors is considering increasing the personal property tax on boats. The board has proposed to raise the tax from $.00001 per $100 of assed value to $3.70 per $100 of assessed value. For a boat worth $50,000, this will raise the property tax from essentially $0 to $1,850 every year.
A meeting on Tuesday, February 25, is your opportunity to let your voice be heard on this massive tax increase.
What: Hearing - Prince William County Board of Supervisors
Where: Board Chambers, 1 County Complex Court, Woodbridge, Virginia
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Attend the meeting and join with other boat owners to let the county supervisors know what this means for your boating. Some important points to consider:
• The proposed rate will be significantly higher than surrounding counties, making it very likely that boats will move to other jurisdictions.
• Boating is a middle-class activity and often the single largest family outdoor recreation expense.
• Boat ownership is a discretionary expense, making it very sensitive to any increase in costs, particularly ongoing ones.
• Boat owners have many options for where they can keep their boats, and it is easy for them to leave the county.
If you can't attend the meeting, contact the county supervisors to make your voice heard. Send your message using our pre-filled form, feel free to add your own views and what this tax increase will mean for your family. Click Take Action to send your message.
You can learn more at the the Prince William County Boat & RV Alliance Facebook page.
Please contact BoatU.S. Government Affairs at GovtAffairs@BoatUS.com with further questions.
Thank you for being a BoatU.S. member!
Manager, BoatU.S. Government Affairs
This is ridiculous, I'm a resident of PW county and will definitely keep an eye on this.