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Lancaster County Boat Property Tax Questioned

At a tax hearing in Lancaster County, people who make their living in the boating industry said its time to do away with the personal property tax on boats. Bruce Saunders noted that after the seafood industry, boatyards are the most significant segment of the working waterfront as far as creating jobs to expand the industry. Saunders owns Rappahannock Yachts. He said the county has the highest boat tax on the Chesapeake Bay, $1.52 per $100. assessed value. That, he said, means boats leave Lancaster in the winter for places with a zero tax at a time when the boatyards are most in need of work. The owner of  Yankee Point Marina said the for sale signs tell the story. Ken Knull said boat owners are leaving Lancaster County because of the boat tax. According to the Kilmarnock Record, Supervisor Chair Wally Beauchamp said that while he favors lowering the tax it can’t happen this year. He promised to look into it over the next six to eight months.