The Manassas Tea Party is opposing tax hikes in the Manassas City budget and making some very interesting arguments in favor of fiscal restraint during a time when we’re not really sure when local economic conditions are actually going to recover. A tax hike right now isn’t going to be popular, and it certainly isn’t any more popular when the rationale for the hike includes a number of what might be considered non-core functions of government. Not content with simply talking about national and state issues, the Manassas Tea Party is taking the tea party movement to the local level and challenging Republicans to justify their actions when they stray from conservative principles.
This is another salvo in a continuing battle among conservatives and moderates in Manassas, but this time the Tea Party movement is carrying the flag. That could make a big difference.
The City Council has heard our concerns about their budget that calls for higher taxes for individuals and businesses. We had a good turnout at the Council meeting on Monday night and many people spoke out against the current budget and asked the Council to go back the to the drawing board and find ways to cut unnecessary spending at a time when families and businesses are struggling.
Keep up the pressure! We have talked to many citizens who were unaware of the pending tax increases. And we found many residents don’t like the fact some members of the Council are telling people these are small increases. Some increases may be small (others will be signficant) but they are on top of rising assessments, current taxes, rising utility rates, rising gas and food costs and in an unstable economy. Tell the Council that raising taxes on individuals and businesses will only hurt our local economy by keeping money out of our pockets and prohibit small businesses from thriving and hiring more. Tell the Council that their programs can’t be funded on the backs of the citizens during this economy!
What you can do:
- Attend the Council’s Budget Work Session tonight — 5:30 pm in the second floor conference room at 9027 Center Street. This is an open meeting and while public comment is not part of this meeting, your presence means a lot. The Council needs to know we are watching and they need to be transparent with their bosses — us!
- Call and email each member of the City Council. Let them know you reject the idea of higher taxes and the current system. Click here to send an email to all members of the Council and tell them you oppose a higher tax rate and higher BPOL taxes.
For a list of members of the City Council and their phone numbers, click here. Be sure to thank Councilman Marc Aveni who has been the lone member to fight this budget and the higher taxes!
Also, we’ve heard over the past week or so that the Tea Party is “against public safety” because of the proposed additional police officers and fire and resuce personnel in the budget. Nothing could be further from the truth. We oppose the way the additional personnel were inserted in the budget at the 11th hour without giving council members the ability to consider this large expense when other items were being negotiated, and we call on the Council to find cuts in order to fund additional police.
Tonight’s meeting should be rather interesting.
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