In case anyone ever was unclear about how dedicated the Republican elected officials in Manassas Park City were to the principles of the Republican Party or the Manassas Park Republican Committee, Monday’s email should end any remaining confusion. All Republican members of the Governing Board running for re-election in November, including Mayor Frank Jones, have decided that they will seek re-election as independent candidates. These “Republicans In Name Only”, having obtained their current positions at least in part because of their affiliation with the Republican Party now think they can just throw away any remaining pretense of their adherence to the ideas of low taxes, small government and supporting free enterprise. Then have the temerity to tell the local unit chairman that they’d still appreciate the endorsement of the Republican Party.
After further consideration, I have decided to run as an independent and not seek the Republican nomination. Frank [Jones], Bryan [Polk], Keith [Miller], and I have decided to run as an independent team. I would recommend and appreciate your and the partys endorsement of us as independents.
I’m pretty sure that there are folks seeking the Republican nomination, and are actually interested in following the principles of the Republican Party, unlike this tax-and-spend crowd. If there are Republican nominees, the chances of any independents being endorsed by the Republican Party are absolutely zero, as such an endorsement would violate the state party plan. At least if there’s no choice here, the local committee will likely decline this rather outrageous request, er “recommendation”. Nice to see independent candidates dictating policy to the local Republican Party unit Chairman, isn’t it?.
Jones, Polk and Miller have played a major role in approving extravagant capital improvement projects at the same time the tax base has been eroding. This has saddled this city with increasing debt service demands at the same time residential tax assessments have declined, forcing the city into inflating the value of local real estate during the past several years in an if not unlawful, then at the very least wrongful attempt to protect city revenues. Then the city started trying to defend their capital improvement and redevelopment plans by harassing local businesses to the point of driving them out of this jurisdiction, further eroding the tax base of the city. As a result residents in Manassas Park are paying significantly more in property taxes than surrounding jurisdictions. In 2008, the tax rate was 20% higher than Prince William County. Next year that figure will exceed 25%, and that doesn’t even take into account how outrageously high residential assessments are in Manassas Park.
Is there some sort of personal financial gain that will accrue to these three should the City of Manassas Park go into bankruptcy? I’d rather see other candidates emerge for Mayor and the Governing Board so we never have the opportunity to find that out.
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