24 March 2015
Voters in a special election held Tuesday, March 17, in the town of Columbia decided by an 18 to 1 vote for disincorporation, making the historic river town just another part of the county of Fluvanna. There are 34 registered voters in Columbia.
But officials say nothing much will change.
“I would be hard pressed to find anything that will change for the residents of Columbia because of this disincorporation or disestablishment, other than their taxes will go down,” said Fluvanna County Administrator Steve Nichols.
The Town had already suspended billing the town property tax, pending the outcome of the special election. Property owners will continue not to be billed a specific town tax, leaving only the Fluvanna County property tax we’ve always paid,” said Kerry Murphy-Hammond. “We will now be entitled to the full county services previously unavailable to us as an incorporated town, such as Planning and Zoning,” said Kerry Murphy-Hammond.
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