Does Removing a Confederate Statue Affect Property Values?


robert e leeIn the impassioned debate over the symbolism and meaning of Richmond’s Confederate monuments, the impact of their potential removal on property tax values has hardly been top of mind.

But the issue surfaced last week in the state’s gubernatorial race after The Washington Post quoted a local real estate agent’s back-of-the-envelope estimate that removing statues would cost the city as much as $3 million in real estate tax revenue every year.

Republican candidate Ed Gillespie seized on the nugget to ding Democratic opponent Ralph Northam, who has said he supports removing monuments.

Gillespie, who has said he believes monuments should stay in place but be “placed in historical context,” tweeted that “Northam’s plans to take down statues in Richmond means $3 million a year lost for schools, police & more.”


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