Galax residents and visitors will be spending more on taxes and other rates by Aug. 1, after city council approved the 2009-2010 budget last week by a vote of 6-1.
These increases — aimed at closing the budget gap — include raising the meals tax from 4 to 5 percent; the lodging tax from 2 to 5 percent; real estate tax from $0.55 to $0.57 per $100; and the personal property vehicle tax from $1.42 to $1.68 per $100.
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