The Manassas Tea Party is fighting against the expenditure of taxpayer funds on a private property and sent out this appeal for local residents to participate in citizen’s time at the next meeting of the Manassas City Council. Their appeal is below the fold.
Calling all citizens of Manassas and those nearby in the county. We urgently need you at Manassas City Hall this Monday night, February 27th to speak at citizens’ time against an outrageous potential city expenditure. You may have heard that our city council is considering a motion to spend $88,000 of our taxpayer funds to conduct renovations on an old PRIVATELY OWNED dilapidated home at 9300 Prescott Avenue. The owner (an Alexandria woman) has refused for years to renovate or sell the home and now that the house has been deemed structurally unsound, the Land Use Committee and the Finance Committee both voted to ask council to approve spending city funds on a new roof, a new paint job and a shoring up of the porch. Again, this is a PRIVATELY OWNED HOME! Yes it is old and was once a beautiful example of Queen Anne architecture, but it has been abandoned for decades and is in such a state of disrepair that even the Manassas Architectural Review Board (responsible for preserving historic buildings in the city) has recommended that the house be demolished!
Yet, there are still some who are pressuring our city leaders to pay for a partial renovation. Aside from the fact that spending public dollars on a private home is just plain wrong on its face, think, too, of the horrible precedent this will set.
· Will council vote for such renovations of other homes in the future? What if your home needed repairs you couldn’t afford? Do you think the city would pay for them?
· This type of spending will indenture the city to this house for the long run. Once you spend that kind of taxpayer money on a property, you can’t just quit. Future needed repairs will require council to invest more funds to justify the initial investment!
This would be a shocking misuse of taxpayer dollars
In the last council meeting on February 13th, a motion was made to put a lien on the home (well within the rights of city government for a condemned property) and have the house demolished. The resulting vote was a 3 to 3 tie. Councilmen Aveni, Way and Wolfe voted for demolition while councilmen Harrover, Randolph and Bass voted no. In Manassas City government, the mayor breaks the tie and Mayor Hal Parrish decided to wait until this coming Monday night to decide which way he would vote. Since that time, the mayor has been hearing from a number of folks (many who live on Prescott itself) who want the city to spend public dollars on saving the house. Whether the house remains in its dilapidated state for the foreseeable future or is demolished, our tax dollars should NOT be spent to renovate it!
PLEASE don’t leave speaking out against this outrage to a small group of regular activists! The mayor needs to hear from you both on the phone this coming Monday (Mayor’s office: 703-257-8213) and at citizens’ time Monday night where you will have up to 3 minutes to speak your piece. Even if you speak at the podium for 10 seconds to opposed this insanity, you will be helping the cause of fiscal decency in our city government! We are hearing that a sizeable crowd of “Vote-no-to-Demolition” supporters will be out in force Monday night. City Council and the Mayor MUST be urged to be more responsible with city funds!
See you there!
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