crc60 · March 2, 2013 at 10:02 am
The tax rate should remain as is. Instead all involved (Fauquier Citizens and their leadership) should seek ways to regain and increase property values as that is as much a barometer of our success as anything else.
Of course we all need more money to counter the obvious, but unreported, inflation of real costs of living (50% increase in groceries since 2008 for example). Sequestration is about to reduce my pay 10 or 20%... we will find out Monday. I'm in agreement with the sequestration and am thankful for this instead of full furloughs. The pain is spread evenly among all the workers in my gub'mnt job. Fair.
I understand the BOS desires to help the county workers offset health cost increases, etc. I totally agree 100%... when the economy returns... not before.
The school system, with its majority (65-77% depending on who you talk to) portion of the county tax expense, remains the beacon of austerity should they decide to be. Are thrift, frugal, penny-wise or prudent words that describe the school system? You be the judge.
I tire hearing the school union rep pit the educators against the citizenry claiming their 'superior class' justifies their advancement of pay despite the economic pains of others. There's nothing like a little class warfare to distract from the failings of leadership eh?
Normally I ignore those who have forsaken everything they learned in Macro Economics and, instead, focus on structuring society with words like fairness, emotion, and tolerance rather than facts, reality and truth. I actually do agree with one point though... Currently the school budget remains hidden in a single property tax bill. The school system should have its own taxing authority and sever itself completely from the county regular budget. Watching the elected school board defend their large tax bill to the citizenry is one show I would gladly pay to see. Bring the popcorn.
Freedom warrior · March 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm
Now government wants to dig deeper into our pockets while stealing our freedom! We will not stand for this anymore America! Rise up, and tell these elected infidels that they do not represent us anymore. They are nothing but a giant, corn laden stain in lady libertys patriotically themed thong panties!!!
Hands off our pennies, pie and pig stationary Fauquier!