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Which Elected Officials Are Corrupt?

By Greg L | 26 July 2012 | Manassas Park | 15 Comments

If you want to find out which of the members of the Manassas Park Governing Board have been corrupted by land developers, on July 31st you’ll have your unassailable answer.

An outfit called EMSI Properties has offered to purchase two city owned land parcels totaling about eight acres at a price $1 per square foot.  Although the current land assessments for these properties is $5.5 million, EMSI Properties is offering to pay $354,283, about 6.5% of the current value.  On July 17th (when public attendance at such meetings tends to be at the absolute low point, even for Manassas Park) there was a public hearing on this proposed sale and from the comments of the board members it looks like this actually has a chance of being accepted rather than being derisively laughed at.

I wonder how much of the massive profit that EMSI would gain from yet another land fire sale by the City of Manassas Park at the expense of the public would wind up in the pockets of members of the Governing Board just to help this deal go through.  We’ll know, by who actually votes for this utterly ridiculous taxpayer ripoff who is getting paid off, but finding out how much they’ll get will be a harder question to answer.  At least until the FBI gets off it’s collective butt and starts unraveling this latest nightmare, along with all the previous ones.

On a related note, some mainstream media (of course it’s not the Manassas News & Messenger) is poking around the condition of Manassas Park’s finances and their ability to make payments on bonds issued to finance the city’s wildly lavish taste in municipal architectural monuments.  With the local tax base shrinking — a condition hardly helped by selling off and devaluing B-2 and I-1 zoned land at six and a half cents on the dollar, school enrollment exploding due to a steadfast disregard to illegal aliens unlawfully residing in the city, and every commercial real estate gamble by the city coming up snake-eyes, it looks like this city is moving ever closer to default.  I suspect we’re going to see what’s happening to Greece play out in Manassas Park in short order, thanks to corruption where builders and developers get rich while local elected officials, for utterly mysterious and unexplained reasons, make utterly insane decisions about how to spend public money and saddle taxpayers with debt loads they’ll never be able to bear.

To add to all this craziness, Mayor Frank Jones is running for re-election.  Seriously.

Mayor Frank Jones tours the nearly-vacant People’s Glorious City Center of Boundless Happiness, accompanied by leaders of the Dear Frank Jones Fan Club.

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  1. Loudoun Insider said on 27 Jul 2012 at 6:21 am:
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  2. Hound Dog said on 27 Jul 2012 at 2:41 pm:
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    Not to mention that the water bill for all residents have gone up for infrastructure improvements to the aging system that they do not have money to fund. Seems odd that I would have to help pay this as the water/sewer system in my neighborhood is only 10-12 years old. I assume that the older side of MP needs to be fixed and they are laying the burden on all citizens. Kinda like what PEPCO is doing to Marylanders.

    Also, it seems like an American company would be bidding for this as the plans look real nice and are mostly on the positive slant, however I worry that what we are getting is some kind of “Don’t look behind the curtain.”

  3. TRD said on 29 Jul 2012 at 7:49 am:
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    You’re being redundant.

  4. David Banner said on 30 Jul 2012 at 9:00 am:
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    Quite a few of them according to this.


  5. Doug Brown said on 30 Jul 2012 at 11:26 am:
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    “At least until the FBI gets off it’s collective butt and starts unraveling this latest nightmare, along with all the previous ones.”

    Maybe they will, maybe they won’t. I would prefer that they start at the source of our immigration problems, i.e., the massive fraud within the components of the former INS. Maybe Frank Wolf can use his ‘influence’ with the Bureau to investigate; he failed to convince the Bureau to investigate the flagrantly corrupt personnel practices of ICE and USCIS which I brought to his attention several years ago. Too bad, because I think our local communities would be safer today if had, and cases like James Woolsey former ICE intel director, recently convicted of doing exactly what I informed Congressman Wolf about, would not have happened.

  6. Cynic said on 30 Jul 2012 at 2:32 pm:
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    Doug, FYI.


    Democracy in all its “idealistic glory”!

  7. ajp said on 30 Jul 2012 at 3:24 pm:
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    Right now the land is worth $0.

    At least if they sell it, it will generate tax income for the city.

  8. Anonymous said on 30 Jul 2012 at 5:02 pm:
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    Even if there is not corruption most on council just do not listen to the people.
    End of story.
    Water increase 100% , how is that fu@$#ing possible? Not listening to people!
    But hey if you try to run for office you better be a republlican or pay the price for trying to instill change. Not enough people give a shit in MP until it hits the wallets, by then it is too too late.
    I hate it here.
    Screw you Wren and Treuting, you started this mess and now you Leeper are for the follow up folly.
    I wish I lived in a place I could be proud to call home.
    Maybe I should move to Dumfries, oh God..
    Thanks for listening folks!

  9. Doug Brown said on 30 Jul 2012 at 11:05 pm:
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    Woosley :-)


    Reportedly ICE Director Morton told FBI Director Mueller to back off and the several other possible investigations have been put on …

  10. ... said on 31 Jul 2012 at 8:03 am:
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    How is a 100% water increase possible?

    Same way that it’s possible to have a busted water main that’s been busted long enough to have 30 feet of roots growing into it.

    Sorry, but that system is falling apart. That’s what happens when you don’t raise water rates for over 10 years. You don’t have any money to maintain it. It’s also what happens when the previous public works director didn’t know, understand or care that maintenance needs to be done to reduce water loss. It’s what happens when you use tap fees to pay for gallons, instead of infrastructure.

    At one point the city was losing 300 gallons per minute due to leaks. That’s been reduced because now the public works dept. is looking for and fixing leaks. Apparently, that wasn’t happening before.

  11. use your brain.... said on 31 Jul 2012 at 4:50 pm:
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    as previously stated, “Right now the land is worth $0. At least if they sell it, it will generate tax income for the city.” that’s right. currently, the land produces no income because the city owns it. but, as Greg L states…[”EMSI Properties has offered to purchase two city owned land parcels totaling about eight acres at a price $1 per square foot. Although the current land assessments for these properties is $5.5 million, EMSI Properties is offering to pay $354,283.”] the property will be owned by EMSI. and that means that the land assessed at $5.5 million will be taxed. ka-ching!!!

  12. ajp said on 31 Jul 2012 at 9:53 pm:
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    Does anyone know what decisions the MP council made regarding zoning changes and land sale tonight?

  13. ... said on 1 Aug 2012 at 8:01 am:
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    Zoning change, failed 4-3.

    Land sale, passed 6-1.

  14. anon said on 12 Aug 2012 at 2:25 pm:
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    There will have to be a political target on their back and be defeated electorally.
    Tea party and liberty minded members are going to start organizing.
    A number of us are going to start staying up late to make this happen.

  15. FrauD said on 18 Aug 2012 at 5:58 pm:
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    This makes me sick. Almost as sick as that $100.+ water bill we are now paying. How are any of us going to convince anyone to buy into this hornets nest? I see MP being reabsorbed by PWC sooner, rather than later. It would be a blessing for us all.

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