The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly. Property Tax, That Is.

17 03 2007

Last Tuesdays meeting of the PW Board of County Supervisors brought some surprising opinions.  Some citizens asked that taxes be increased a little, instead of cut.  What would prompt this madness?  Well, the less taxes paid, the less our county government can have in their budget.  And that ultimately hurts our first responders and teachers. 

“I hear from our teachers and our firefighters and our police officers that our budget is very austere,” said Supervisor Maureen S. Caddigan (R-Dumfries).

The current plan is to keep the tax rate the same, 75.7 cents per $100 of assessed value. The board is thinking of charging more for county activities such as youth sports and development fees.  That means that county swimming pools will have to be shut down one day a week and maintenance on some athletic fields may be cut back. 

 Source: Timothy Dwyer, Washington Post

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