You may have noticed there was no new vehicle decal inclosed in your 2020 Personal Property Tax bills. Please keep the blue decal on your vehicle's windshield until further notice.
The City of Falls Church is one of the only Virginia localities to still have an annual motor vehicle license, more commonly referred to as the vehicle decal. Most Virginia localities have now eliminated their vehicle decals or moved to a permanent decal due to advances in technology such as license plate readers and the ability to import DMV car registration records into most software programs.
The Treasurer's Office is working on an ordinance to amend the City Code regarding the vehicle decal. The ordinance would eliminate the annual issuance of a new vehicle decal and move to a permanent decal instead. The City Council is scheduled to make a 2nd reading on the proposed ordinance at their October 13 Regular Meeting. You can submit comments about the proposed change in ordinance by emailing email@example.com..
The visual aid of a decal on a vehicle is an important enforcement tool for small localities, including the City of Falls Church. It helps determine at a glance if a vehicle has been licensed in Falls Church and is taxed appropriately. This enforcement effort is carried out by parking enforcement officers issuing tickets to vehicles without a decal owned by City of Falls Church residents.
The annual $33 fee is for the motor vehicle license, not for the actual decal itself.
However, a decrease in printing and postage costs would save tax payers approximately $12,000 per year. In addition, the annual burden to residents of keeping up with the current year decal would be lifted and City staff will be able to focus on other important issues in lieu of the annual awareness campaigns about when and which decal to use.
Virtually all services provided by the Treasurer’s Office can be accessed online, by mail, or email. If you have a question about any of the services or need help finding anything online, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our main number at 703-248-5046 (TTY 711) and leave a message.
Residents and businesses can now pay for a number of additional services online at www.fallschurchva.gov/Pay:
The Treasurer’s Office is excited to offer citizens another way to pay their tax bills: text message. Pay by Text customers can make payments anytime, anywhere on their mobile phone. Customers will receive text alerts when their bill is ready.
The City’s Pay by Text vendor, InvoiceCloud, has two videos you can watch which explains how the payment system works and how you can register for the payment service.
While we encourage residents to stay home and conduct business online whenever possible, you can also drop-off payments at our Drop Box located just outside the front doors of the West Wing at City Hall (300 Park Ave.) If you need a receipt, just add a note with your payment and one will be mailed to you. (Please do not deposit cash as this box is unattended. The Treasurer’s Office is not responsible for the loss or theft of cash left in the box. )
The current blue City vehicle decal will be used again in 2021. This decal which was originally mailed in your 2019 Personal Property Tax bills. No new decal will be included in the 2020 Personal Property Tax bill. The decals should remain on your windshield or risk getting a ticket. Learn more.
On July 8, 2019, the City Council voted to approve changes to the City’s Tax Relief for Low Income Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Program that were recommended by the City Treasurer and a Tax Relief Working Group. The changes - which are retroactive to July 1, 2019 - will reduce the real estate tax burden for qualifying candidates and revise the application timeline, among other adjustments.
In 2018, the City Manager appointed a working group to study the City’s current Tax Relief Program, review similar programs in neighboring jurisdictions, and provide recommendations for the Fiscal Year 2020 budget process. The Tax Relief Working Group met for over a year and proposed several changes to offer additional assistance to qualifying residents 65 years and older or persons with permanent and total disabilities.
The adopted changes include increasing the program’s maximum tax benefit to 100% for applicants earning 40% or less of the HUD Area Median Income (AMI), eliminating interest on all deferred taxes accrued on or after July 1, 2019, reducing the program’s exemption asset limit from $540,000 to $400,000, and move the tax relief program from a calendar year to fiscal year basis to align with the real estate tax billing cycle.
Visit the Tax Relief Page for more information.