Manassas City is advertising a tax rate of $1.155, Prince William County is advertising $1.236, and Manassas Park’s advertised rate is $1.27. Then there are fire levies and all sorts of other charges on top of the tax rate to make matters worse. Of course these municipalities could adopt a tax rate lower than the advertised rate, but with all sorts of folks coming out of the woodwork to demonstrate that there’s no end to the good things you can do with other people’s money, it’s not that likely the adopted rates will vary from these ceilings a whole lot.
Taxpayers are looking at getting royally screwed this year.
I don’t have any more money to give to government. In fact, I have less this year, and I’m not the only one in this situation. In past years declining assessments hid the impact of increasing tax rates on our tax levies, but that’s ending pretty quickly. Now tax bills in real terms are likely to increase. Yet there’s an endless stream of groups out there dependent on the government dole trying to pressure local elected officials into raising our taxes, no matter what impact that has on families in this community.
For me the answer is simple. Any local elected official that votes to raise my taxes this year is my enemy. A personal enemy. Not many folks out there have such power to impact my family like these folks do, and every dollar they steal from me hurts like hell these days. The next time some elected official uses their personal ‘discretionary’ slush fund to donate money to a non-government entity with the dollars they’ve taken from me, I’m going to be seething. When the school board cuts another seven figure check to Pearson to pay for this “Math Investigations” curriculum baloney, I’m going to be pissed. When the county collects a “gypsy moth levy” on me and then either wastes or even fails to spend the money on a gypsy moth control program, I’ll be livid. Our food budget is balanced by spending time on coupons.com and buying staple food in economy-sized bags, leaving me little patience for the kind of government excess that seems so annoyingly common, even when the expenditures may seem relatively small in government terms.
That might be your yardstick in the next elections as well. Is your local government stealing more of your smaller paycheck? Are elected officials more concerned about the opinion of some group of folks that depend on an increasing stream of your taxpayer dollars, or are they more concerned about what you’re facing in this economy? Maybe it’s time you got personal as well.
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