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New tax increase brings new city vehicles to Norfolk

Norfolk taxes are about to go up starting on July 1.

NORFOLK, Va (WVEC) - Norfolk taxes are about to go up starting on July 1.

On Tuesday night, city leaders approved a $1.3 billion budget, which included a 10-cent real estate tax increase.

The price of cigarettes will also go up and visitors will pay extra when booking a hotel.

The tax increase will help add new cars to the city's fleet.

Norfolk's oldest vehicle is a 32-year-old, 1986 Dodge Van. The average age of every city car is over 10-years-old.

"We can't expect our employees to be efficient with antiquated equipment," Councilwoman Angelia Graves said. "They are not user-friendly any more parts are harder to get."

City Council will spend $3.8 million on updating new equipment, and replace the old cars with new green and efficient models.

"What happens is it makes everyone's job easier because the people in maintenance don't have to spend so much time finding a part, going to get a part, it's expensive," Graves said.

When winter heads to Norfolk, the newer vehicles will be equipped.

"They will all have the ability to have snow plows added," Graves said.

Norfolk won't need to rely on other resources. Councilwoman Graves said the 10-cent tax increase will make Norfolk more efficient.

"We are all going to feel that pinch over the long haul, but I think we are going to feel the increase in city services, and the citizens are going to be proud of that," Graves said.

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