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A 15% Tax Hike For PWC? It Could Happen.

By Greg L | 9 February 2013 | Virginia House, Virginia Senate, Prince William County | 8 Comments

What if the Prince William County Board of Supervisors had the power to enact a local income tax to support additional spending without any voter referendum at all, and that tax could not be repealed at some later date unless some other source of revenue was made available to fund the spending that tax enabled?  If you’ve followed what’s going on during this session of the General Assembly, you know we’re in a good position to find that out, if the House doesn’t put a stop to this.

Senator Walter Stotch, in his latest impression of a tax-and-spend liberal disguised as a Republican state senator introduced SB 1313 which proposes to do exactly this.  With the support of some of our local Senators on the Democrat side of the aisle, such as Colgan and Barker, and the usual bunch of RINO Republicans elsewhere in the Commonwealth, this atrocity passed the Senate by a vote of 27-11.  Just how in the heck are these irresponsible reprobates ever re-elected amidst this kind of utter foolishness?

This bill would make it possible for the BOCS to hike your income taxes by 15-20%.  Virginia’s income tax rates, where you hit the top taxation rate after you earn the princely sum of $17,000 a year, is $720 plus 5.75% of ever dollar you make above that limit.  For an earner making $50,000 a year, the local tax levy would boost your tax bill from $2,617.50 to $2,947.50 at the same time we are calling this current economic period “the Great Recession.”  This is utterly insane.

Previously, if localities in Northern Virginia wanted to impose a local income tax, it would have required a referendum and the tax would automatically sunset after five years.  This bill does away with both the requirement for a referendum and the sunset provision, as well as adding a further limitation on ending these taxes.

“…no ordinance levying a local income tax shall be repealed unless and until all debts or other obligations of the county or city to which such revenues are pledged or otherwise committed have been paid or provision made for payment.”

So if the Board of County Supervisors wants to prevent a tax from being repealed, all they have to do is make sure that some project that these revenues are dedicated to have no other means of finance other than the local income tax, and it cannot ever be eliminated.  How utterly ridiculous.  Given how the BOCS has seemed favorable to tax hikes during the past decade, even in challenging economic times, there’s no reason to think they as a whole wouldn’t jump on this, although there would likely be some vocal opposition within the board.

The only protection we have against this idiocy by the Senate of Virginia lies within the imminent decisions by our members of the House of Delegates, who can kill this terribly awful bill.  Delegates Hugo, Marshall, and Anderson all represent Prince William County and sit on the House Finance Committee where this is on the docket, and they’ll have the opportunity to vote against this in committee and urge their colleagues to do the same.  It’s definitely worth reaching out to them to let them know how you feel on this.

Delegate Tim Hugo: DelTHugo@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Bob Marshall: DelBMarshall@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Rich Anderson: DelRAnderson@house.virginia.gov 

Let them know how you feel about this bill.  Today.

UPDATE: Delegate Tim Hugo emailed and said he will be voting no on this bill.  Make sure and let him know you appreciate him standing up for fiscal responsibility.

UPDATE 2: The bill was defeated on a 7-3 vote in a House Finance subcommittee that is actually headed by Tim Hugo.  Looks like he kept his word on this, and then some.  Always nice to see an elected official take notice of a potential problem well in advance and take action to head it off.

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  1. pinky said on 10 Feb 2013 at 6:11 pm:
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    I can’t believe Rich Anderson would vote for this. He’ too upstanding and principled.

  2. Independent Thinker said on 10 Feb 2013 at 8:27 pm:
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    So is this like paying off the debts from the War of 1812, like the business tax?

  3. Anonymous said on 11 Feb 2013 at 6:48 am:
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    The fact is they already have the right to do this by referendum. It is the referendum part, where they get rid of it, that’s scary.

  4. Doug Brown said on 11 Feb 2013 at 11:06 am:
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    Manassas also falls under this new bill.

  5. Riley said on 11 Feb 2013 at 12:48 pm:
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    If this passes, the battle shifts to the county-level where every BOCS campaign will turn on who opposes instituting a local income tax.

  6. Loudoun Patriot said on 11 Feb 2013 at 10:41 pm:
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    How else are we going to fund metro to Winchester!!

  7. J Doe said on 13 Feb 2013 at 10:37 pm:
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    Letters to Anderson and Barker expressing displeasure and their positions. No response yet. . .

  8. Anonymous said on 14 Feb 2013 at 1:04 am:
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    Dude, its republican controlled, so how are they any better than the democrates? Hmmn we get an almost five percent increase on our real estate tax now? Where are Marshall and Miller to get our share of money so we dont have to wait 2 hours to get to centreville in the future? Smells like big developer money in there arse if you ask me. There will be another 1.6 milliom people here in ten years. R we to “live within our means on a tax formula that supplies us with reagan era money on the dollar? BTW, if virginia doesnt have gold, how can we mint gold coins for virginia? come on man? As the silver mines of attica depleated so did the city state of athens. We got off of the gold standard to pay for Vietnam under a republican president! The tax cuts were due to a surplus, remember that, so if we in deficit recind them? For the three richest countys in the USA to fall derilic to some orthidox republican live within your means propaganda is ludicris! I am sorry but the fxcounty pkway is no rural byway as 15 is in southside given that we get more traffic in one hour than they do in 24 hours! It is unconstional to have otr states collect the otrs sales tax. We allready have a law to have people pay state taxes on purchases else where. Why do you think it is as it is now? It is the states responsability to get its taxes not some grandma in Colorado selling here earthen wares?

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