Galax City Council on July 13 appropriated its 2009-2010 budget, which includes several tax and rate increases.
City council met during public sessions to work on the proposed budget. After holding a public hearing about the budget on June 8, council approved the $19.5 million spending plan.
The new tax rates and fees went into effect July 1:
• Real property: $0.57 per $100 of assessed value.
• Personal property (motor vehicles): $1.68 per $100 of assessed value.