After weeks of debate officials unanimously approved a $763 million budget Wednesday night. They also voted to increase real estate taxes by 1 cent.
Board of supervisor members didn't have much longer to make a decision on the budget. According to county code, one had to be adopted by May 1.
Leaders were originally considering raising the real estate tax by 3 cents on the dollar from .95 to .98 to pay for school improvements, new teachers and public safety officers.
Two weeks ago, a new plan was suggested to make cuts instead. But in order to fund its top priority of hiring 112 new teachers and refrain from eliminating other important projects, the board agreed an increase was necessary.
"There are no cuts in citizens services and there is an increase in funding for schools," said Midlothian District Supervisor Daniel A. Gecker.
That's something residents don't mind paying for.
"I moved from New York, and one of the reasons I moved to Chesterfield County was because of the wonderful education, which my two daughters were going to have. I'm very fortunate that I've been put in that position and i'm very happy to do that, to be able to contribute a little bit," said Kojo Adomako.
"I would rather pay more property taxes than have them cut something out of education because they need it," said resident Donna Williams.
If you own a $200,000 home you currently pay $1,900 a year in property taxes. The proposal would add $20 to your total bill.
That increase will generate $3 million for the county.
"We will increase the police force by four, we had some minor administrative changes, some consolidations that will save some money. we funded a future obligation for storm order management, and we did that all within a penny," said Gecker.
The board also agreed to increase your car registration fee from $20 to $40. That will be used to pay for road projects and infrastructure.