Like many other counties and municipalities in Virginia, Floyd County is scrapping its county sticker on the windshields of cars and trucks and the fenders of trailers and motorcycles registered in the county.
But county residents will still be paying for the sticker they don’t get, which — in the end — is a form of double-taxation on vehicles.
County residents pay personal property tax on most vehicles they own and drive. It can range from a few dollars to several hundred dollars, depending on the cost and age of that car, truck, motorcycle or trailer. In the past, we also pay annual for that county decal that is so much trouble to get off each year when it need to be replaced.
Starting Dec. 5 of this year, county residents will pay the county decal fee as part of their personal property tax bill, but we won’t get the decal. The county will save at least $10,000 a year in printing and distribution costs. For a county government that is living from paycheck to paycheck, $10,000 is something it can use.
For taxpayers, it means determining whether or not it is worth it to pay for the right to not have to scrape that pesky decal off the windshield or fender each April.
It’s not exactly taxation without representation. It’s more like taxation without presentation (of the decal).