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.
- Property tax rate splits county supervisors and Budget markup yields significant savings (www.northernvatimes.com)
- PW Supervisors may cut $9.3 million from schools, defer tax and budget decisions to May 6
- School Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers Shows He Is a Schoolyard Bully With Budget Threat to the Board of County Supervisors (sheriffofnottinghampwc.blogspot.com)
- Sawyers: Affluent districts should see more school funding cuts (www.insidenova.com)
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.