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The $25.3 Million Per Mile Boondoggle

By Greg L | 18 July 2012 | Prince William County | 10 Comments

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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10 Comments

  1. Loudoun Lady said on 18 Jul 2012 at 10:14 am:
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    Consider yourself lucky Greg, the Loudoun County BOS just bought into 1.2 billion dollars for the Shiny Silver Line, to include 4.5% of 13 BILLION dollars in backlogged maintenance costs for the entire broken down metro system.

    Yeah, we have 9 Republicans on our Board.

  2. Riley said on 18 Jul 2012 at 10:43 am:
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    See, Greg. They’re actually CUTTING costs because it cost them $65.8 million to widen one mile of U.S. 1 in Triangle (two lanes 1/2 mile.) We should all bow down and give thanks! /sarc

  3. Mom said on 18 Jul 2012 at 2:08 pm:
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    “Pete Candland seems to be the only member of this board with any fiscal sense at all.”

    If that’s the case then why did you stroke Corey a check for $800 in April.

  4. So There said on 18 Jul 2012 at 7:54 pm:
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    Maybe because he is running for AG?

  5. freedom said on 19 Jul 2012 at 9:01 am:
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    Ummmm, make that Lt Gov

  6. Vigilant1 said on 19 Jul 2012 at 4:50 pm:
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    East is east and west is west. Nuff said!

  7. Anonymous said on 19 Jul 2012 at 5:57 pm:
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    What ever happend to just adding parts of a lane here and there to make it three lanes? Do we really need to have the whole d%$#@d thing ripped up and replaced to add an additional lane that is like 3/4 there allready?

  8. TRD said on 20 Jul 2012 at 4:57 pm:
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    Since none of you morons actually live on the Route 1 corridor, I expect such nonsense. I challenge you to drive Route 1 from the Occoquan to MCB Quantico any Friday from 3pm to 6pm. Don’t whine to me about Linton Hall Rd and Rt. 28 blah blah blah either.

    After all, we are on the “wrong” side of the county, have a Democrat for a supervisor, and are much more ethnically diverse than your demographics in Manassas. Why should we EVER try to improve the infrastructure to attract businesses and nicer developments? Greg L doesn’t benefit directly from it, so it has to be a bad idea. Self serving twit.

    By the way, did you know it’s named Jefferson Davis Highway - named after the leader of an armed insurrection against the Lincoln Administration.

  9. Sheriff of Nottingham said on 25 Jul 2012 at 8:07 am:
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    The Sheriff would benefit from this enhancement directly, but that does not mean it is a good public policy.

    Setting aside the rhetorical silliness The Sheriff sometimes engages in, the fact is that PWC is dysfunctional in the way it spends taxpayer funds, and sliding this project under the wire does not change the plain fact it should have been vetted with a public hearing.

    If it is such a good idea, then let then public discuss it and give input.

    These arrogant pukes simply don’t care because they know better than the taxpayers.

    How enlightened for those “Jeffersonian” leaders.

    Whew!

    Please, don’t get me started.

    The Sheriff

  10. Parker said on 4 Aug 2012 at 10:43 pm:
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    I wonder how that money is broken down. What paving company, who would move the utilities and on and on.

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