Gloucester boats: More are taxed here than are registered

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Gloucester County taxes more boats annually than are registered here, according to state and county figures.

The county has 4,326 registered boats, according to statistics provided by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. There are 14 other localities in the state with more registered boats, including Middlesex County, according to the figures.

In 2012, Gloucester County assessed 6,582 boats, according to information provided by Commissioner of Revenue Kevin Wilson. The total value of those boats was $38,482,543.

Based on a tax rate of $1 per $100 of assessed value, the tax revenue to Gloucester County was $384,825, according to Wilson's figures. That would rise dramatically under a proposed increase in the tax rate of $1.95 per $100 of assessed value, although critics argue that boat owners will move their boats to other localities such as Hampton, Poquoson or even Virginia Beach to avoid paying the higher Gloucester taxes.

He also said there are approximately 4,100 boat trailers and 481 boats moored in Gloucester marinas, according to current records.

Boats registered in Virginia localities, according to VDGIF figures:

1)      Virginia Beach – 12,767

2)      Franklin – 10,884

3)      Chesterfield – 9,843

4)      Prince William – 7,968

5)      Bedford – 7,775

6)      Fairfax – 6,891

7)      Spotsylvania – 6,296

8)      Chesapeake – 6,288

9)      Louisa – 6,064

10)   Northumberland – 5,519

11)   Middlesex – 5,378

12)   Mecklenburg – 5,242

13)   Henrico – 5,126

14)   Hanover – 4,377

15)   Gloucester – 4,326

16)   Hampton – 4,288

 

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