Federal spending cuts under “sequestration” are estimated to eliminate over 200,000 jobs in the Commonwealth next year. The county’s unfunded pension obligations have exploded to over a billion dollars, more than doubling, in the past four years. Unemployment remains persistently high and the economic recovery has stalled. We’re clearly in for a rough fiscal ride.
So what does the Board of Supervisors do in the face of all this? They vote 7-1 to obligate the county to a 4% tax increase for the next four years in order to spend $53 million on a road project to upgrade two whole miles of Route 1 in Woodbridge.
Only one member of the board had the sense to suggest we shouldn’t commit the county to this project without taking any time to get input from the taxpayers. Pete Candland seems to be the only member of this board with any fiscal sense at all.
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