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Expect your car tax bills to go up a bit

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Expect to pay a little more on your car tax bills this year.

Cities and counties across the Southwest and Central Virginia regions are set to start sending out their vehicle property tax bills soon.

Roanoke City and Roanoke County taxpayers will be paying about five percent more than last year.

In Roanoke County, the state will pay 61.34 % of your bill.  Down from 66.21 % last year.

The percent difference in the city is similar:  59.89 % in 2013.  64.75 % in 2012.

The general assembly passed legislation in 1998 basically promising to phase out the car tax within five years.

In 2001, the state realized it couldn't do that financially, so it froze the amount it paid for each person's car tax at 70 percent.

Starting in 2006, that percentage has been fluctuating every year.

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