No New Vehicle Decal This Year
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.
Why is there not a new decal this year?
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 the ordinance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org..
Why move to a permanent decal instead of eliminating it entirely?
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.
What’s the $33 Fee for?
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 taxpayers 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.