moneytreeMuch of politics revolves around budget wars. How much money? Provided by who? Spent on what? By whom?

So it is that tomorrow (May 6, 2016) the Prince William County Board of Supervisors will have a meeting (at the Prince William County McCoart Administration Building, Board Chambers, 1 County Complex Court, Woodbridge, VA), and the budget is on the agenda.

Here is Supervisor Pete Candland (R-Gainesville) take on it.

Friday night, May 6, the [Prince William] Board of County Supervisors will set the tax rate for the FY17 budget, and the choices are very clear.

The county executive has proposed a 3.88 percent tax increase that will increase county spending and expand county government by $90 million in the next year alone.

That tax hike was based on a five-year plan that assumed a robust economy that would skyrocket out of the effects of the Great Recession. Unfortunately, our economy continues to be sluggish, hitting mid to low income earners the hardest. (continued here)

Of course, there is considerable controversy. The Prince William County School Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers, a Democrat, is uttering the usual class warfare rhetoric. Why?

To explain his point, Sawyers noted that homeowners in Gainesville, where properties are worth an average of $495,000, will save more from the flat-tax rate than homeowners in Woodbridge, where the average home value is about $295,000. (from here)

So if you live in the east end of the county, you should advocate a tax increase so you can screw the west end? If you live in a small house or apartment, you should advocate a tax increase so you can screw the folks who live in big houses. Why?

Of course, since he is the chair, Sawyers has a ready made propaganda machine => Click for the facts. The Financial Services services department of PWCS is, of course, a wholly unbiased source.

Anyway, read up on the matter.

Note that those who support Candland’s call for flat tax rate will be gathering at the Prince William County McCoart Administration Building at 6 PM on May 6, 2016 to speak to the board of supervisors and to stand with those board members who stand in opposition to a tax increase. The people who live off the government can always be counted upon to have representation at these meetings. Perhaps it is about time the people who pay the bill showed up too.

Can’t show up? Then please contact your supervisor and let them know how you feel about paying more taxes. Do you really want to pay more taxes just because some elected official wants to spend more of your money? No? Then complain.



  1. One of the signs of catastrophic failure in either business or government is when they respond to bad times by raising prices.

    The troubled business allows its customers to buy the trouble away by lowering costs and increasing services.

    If properly executed by the business and enthusiastically received by the customers, this strategy can work wonders in bringing a failing venture back to life.

    And when has a government lowering taxes never been enthusiastically received by the taxpayer resulting in economic boom?

    This time, of all times requires governments at all levels to cut costs (taxes) not raise them.

    Apparently, the Ruling Class in Prince William County has as its mentor, Old King George III, of 18th century England.

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  2. mastersamwise

    I can see a bit of their logic. With the new express lanes on 95 going down to Stafford now, PWC must expect the government types and the other incredibly wealthy people in counties like Arlington or cities like Alexandria to migrate southwards. That was one of the reasons for Stafford’s boom about ten years ago and the explosion of growth on the now overburdened 610.

    That said, the logic behind any tax increase should be based on the services the community wishes to provide and the tax applied based on the proportional and circumstantial income of each person. Obviously, richer people should pay more money in taxes as their income is higher than the poorer people BUT it should not be a greater portion of their income than that of the poor.


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