Public Hearing on Tax Relief Proposals Rescheduled for Feb. 24

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A public hearing on changes to the city’s elderly tax relief program has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. in the City Council chamber at City Hall. Originally, the hearing was to be held yesterday, Feb. 17, but the City Council meeting was canceled because of inclement weather.


The program reduces, eliminates, freezes or defers real estate taxes for qualifying Virginia Beach senior citizens. A task force recently concluded that the program is not financially sustainable. The City Council is weighing three options to change the program – to help keep low-income seniors in their homes while managing skyrocketing costs.


Details of the three options are available online here. You can read the task force’s full 100-page report here, or read the group’s shorter City Council presentation here.


You also can share your thoughts in an online Virtual Town Hall at


The City Council is tentatively scheduled to vote on the program changes March 3. For more information, contact the city’s Budget Office at (757) 385-8234 or


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