For Immediate Release: Delegate Gooditis Passes Bipartisan Bill Preserving Middleburg Tax Cut

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Apr. 2nd, 2018

Delegate Gooditis Passes Bipartisan Bill Preserving Middleburg Tax Cut

RICHMOND, Va. – Delegate Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke County) passed a bill through the General Assembly with broad bipartisan support that permits the town of Middleburg to keep its zero-percent vehicle tax.

HB 1437 amends the Middleburg Town Charter to comply with an arcane law requiring localities’ taxes on business-owned property to be lower than their taxes on personal vehicles. Having abolished it’s vehicle tax, Middleburg needed an exemption because it relies on its business property tax to fund critical services.

Delegate Gooditis worked closely with her Republican colleagues on the bill, including Senator Jill Vogel (R-Frederick), who sponsored a companion bill in the Senate. “Some Republicans were sceptical at first because they thought it was a tax hike,” Gooditis commented. “I kept saying ‘look, this is good-governance. This is bipartisan. This is not a tax hike.’”

Martha Semmes, Middleburg’s Town Administrator, agreed that the bill was a common sense solution. “We were very pleased to have the charter amended so we wouldn’t have to put a tax on motor vehicles” she said, adding “we’re very grateful to Delegate Gooditis for her assistance on the House side.”


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Delegate Wendy Gooditis was elected to the Virginia General Assembly in November, 2017. A woman of many talents, Wendy has worked as a technologist at Bell Laboratories, made the short list for the U.S. Olympic Team as an equestrian, taught in the Clarke County public schools, and sold real estate. She lives in Boyce, Virginia with her husband, six horses, and two Rhodesian Ridgebacks.