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New Proposal May Help Chesterfield Leaders Avoid Real Estate Tax Hike

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) - Chesterfield supervisors were reportedly leaning toward raising the real estate tax to help pay for school improvements, hiring more teachers and public safety officers. But now, they will wait two weeks, after a last minute proposal by Supervisor Dan Gecker.

Gecker's proposal is based off some of the potential cuts provided to supervisors that could be made in lieu of a tax hike. The suggestions include not hiring four police officers, eliminating bus routes that currently serve over 200 riders and extending the time frame to improve schools from seven years to nine. Some have been fighting to avoid this option.

"We're starting to become a tale of two counties," said Donald Wilms of the Chesterfield Education Association, "Where we've got some schools in the county that are completely up to date on modern technology teaching for 21st century skills. And then we've got schools that are struggling to get to that point."

Meanwhile, others have been fighting against raising the tax and are hoping for cuts instead.

"My wife and I tighten our belts all the time, there are a lot of things that we can do that we have to do without that we'd like to have," said Floyd Bayne of the Chesterfield Tea Party.

Supervisors will meet again on April 23, when they're expecting to make a decision regarding the real estate tax and potential cuts.

ABC 8News will keep following this developing story; stay with us for updates on air and online.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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