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What do you think of Fauquier County real estate taxes?

Votes (279)
177
Too high.
36
I’d pay more to support emergency services and education.
32
Fair for the services we receive.
22
I’d pay more to support education.
7
Undecided.
5
I’d pay more to support emergency services.
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Member Comments (7)
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Jim Griffin
March 18, 2019 at 6:54 am
"Houses = people = schools + services = higher taxes"

Not true.

This false equation comes to you from the American Farmland Trust, which on behalf of the Rockefellers wants you to believe it true, although it is instead a rigged pseudo-formula.

Add back to the farm expense the loss in state aid that comes from easements and the formula produces different results.

Add back to the farm and commercial expenses the real cost of providing them services and the formula again produces different results.

Now for the real kicker, add the revenue and income produced from more people working, more people shopping and buying homes. People -- not cows -- are the backbone of the American economy. And they vote.

Cows may not dial 911, but neither do they buy Chevys from Andy Budd or groceries from stores. Easements reduce our allocation of state aid to the tune of many millions lost.

Now redo the equation and it is clear we've been sold a bill of goods by the Rockefellers (they founded and fund the AFT to maintain this fake campaign to keep Rockefeller taxes low) and the rigged Weldon-Cooper cost of community services study.
InTheSouth
March 16, 2019 at 8:44 pm
I'll pay if conserved land is charge the same for EMS services. These services are performed whether they are in conservation or not.
Rover 530
March 16, 2019 at 8:20 pm
No one wants to pay taxes. But we will always have taxes to pay for those things government provides. If we're all paying taxes, no one wants to pay more than they have to. I know I don't. The taxes in Fauquier are relatively low when compared to many jurisdictions in the Commonwealth.

The present and past boards of supervisors have been rather conservative in their tax increases. You could argue that they are not but let's face it, costs for everything go up every year. You're paying more for goods, services, energy, medical care, etc. If you're paying more so is the county.

Those who have large properties in Fauquier know how to game the system. Owning large acreages does not mean all the owners are very wealthy. Many large acre property owners are land-rich and cash-poor. If it weren't for the various legal schemes to avoid paying the standard real estate tax rate for all their holdings, several large-scale property owners would definitely have to develop their land or lose it to taxes. A poor choice, but what happens to the whole county if their protected acreage becomes residential lots? Houses = people = schools + services = higher taxes for those things not caused by inflation and the increased cost of living.

I does seem to be unfair that some people are using land-use rules to avoid paying taxes on the entirety of their properties but do you look forward to the alternative situation? Like it or not (Like them or not), the supervisors are using the only tools that the General Assembly gives them to manage growth and the overall tax burden in the county and still meet the needs of the population.

If the decisions of local government leave a sour taste in the mouth, change the makeup of the government. Work to defeat those with whom you don't agree and help take the county in the direction with which you would like it to go.
Tony Bentley
March 13, 2019 at 10:51 am
Our neighbor has their land in Conservation Easement and still enjoys the benefits of their land, grazing cattle, boarding horses, and twice a year hay harvesting and selling. Their taxes are much lower then anybody around us. And if you want to buy a car go out of county where the taxes and prices aren't as high.
Cammie Rodgers
March 13, 2019 at 9:20 am
We understand that paying taxes is necessary to provide services to a community. We would however like a look taken at the disparity between people with Conservation Easements and those without. Our neighbor has 140 acres, with all but where her house and 1 acre surrounding it in CE, and she pays less taxes then our 2 acres.
Mark House
March 12, 2019 at 9:05 am
Agreed Demosthenes! The French Revolution comes to mind.
Demosthenes
March 12, 2019 at 5:23 am
How about the option:

* Some pay too little in taxes because their estate qualifies for easements while the rest of us pay too much.



I'm tired of seeing tax policy from the federal level down to our own county designed to protect the wealthiest folks.

Trump's amazing tax cut actually left me with a large bill this spring, while my property taxes keep going up to support schools that lack funding because we don't tax the property of some estates at their real value.

I say it's time we eat the rich.
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