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Vienna budget would cut taxes, provide pay increases

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Local,Virginia,Taylor Holland,Fairfax County

Vienna Town Manager Mercury Payton unveiled a $32.3 million budget proposal for next year that would lower local real estate taxes and give raises to county employees.

The town's top administrator recommended a 0.52 cent real estate tax decrease that would lower the tax rate to 23.69 cents. The decrease would be offset by increased assessments, however, which would hike the average homeowner's tax bill by $57.

The 2014 budget also calls for a 3.3-percent pay raise for town employees, which Payton said would help lessen the blow of an anticipated 10 percent spike in health insurance premiums.

The town's $32.3 million annual budget grew by 1.6 percent, or $497,170, over this year's budget.

Council members are scheduled to adopt the budget on May 13.

tholland@washingtonexaminer.com

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