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Legislation would give localities more leeway on tax hearings

State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) is either telling students there are two sides to every piece of legislation ... or is asking them to give peace a chance. (Photo by Scott McCaffrey)

A proposal by state Sen. Adam Ebbin giving localities slightly more leeway in providing public notice of tax increases has made it through the Senate and been forwarded to the House of Delegates.

Ebbin (D-30th) proposed changing from 30 days in advance to 25 days in advance the minimum time that a locality must have notice of an effective tax increase published in a newspaper.

The public-notice requirement kicks in when reassessment of property values would result in an increase of 1 percent or more in total property tax anticipated by a locality, a requirement that wouldn’t change under Ebbin’s bill.