Loudoun supervisors have unanimously approved a change recommended by the county finance committee to get rid of vehicle window stickers, but to continue charging a $25 vehicle license fee.
The county is laying the groundwork to take over billing and collection of taxes for the towns, if the General Assembly passes legislation allowing it to do so. It’s a move intended to save money and simplify things for town taxpayers by giving them one bill with one due date instead of two.
With the county taking over town taxes and getting rid of window stickers, it could also mean an end to all window stickers in Loudoun—except in Purcellville and Hamilton, which have already opted not to join the county program.
Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge), who is moving from Brambleton to Purcellville, said he is “not happy” about that.
“I would not want to be on the Purcellville Town Council, because when their residents figure out they’re the only people in the county with a decal on their windshield, they’re going to come out with pitchforks,” quipped Supervisor Ralph M. Buona (R-Ashburn) at the finance committee meeting where the idea was unanimously recommended to the full Board of Supervisors.
The window stickers will be gone at the beginning of the 2019 fiscal year, on July 1, 2018. If the county is able to reach an agreement with the towns and the General Assembly passes legislation, the county plans to take over real estate taxes for the towns in January 2019, and personal property taxes in January 2020.