How Much Should Golf Courses Pay in Property Taxes?

Mar 6, 2018

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Are golf courses charged too much in property taxes? Lawmakers in Richmond are debating how much local governments should be able to charge.

Leaders at two Arlington golf courses think the local government charges them too much in property taxes. And they have persuaded lawmakers here in Richmond to take action to limit how the property taxes are calculated. Republican Delegate Tim Hugo of Fairfax County.

“These two clubs, the taxes paid by these two clubs, equals the taxes paid by the next 11 clubs in Northern Virginia.”

Opponents say this is not just about two country clubs in Arlington. Delegate Alfonso Lopez, a Democrat from Arlington, says this is about how every local government in Virginia assesses property taxes.

“The General Assembly should not be getting into the weeds of how locality does tax assessments because your locality — your locality — could be next.”

A spokesman for Governor Ralph Northam says the governor has not yet decided whether he’ll veto the bill or not, saying he’ll take a look at it when it arrives at the Executive Mansion.

This report, provided by Virginia Public Radio, was made possible with support from the Virginia Education Association.