Prince William County, The Prince of Hypocrisy
So ,let me get this straight, in spite of the Planning Commission denial of the application and Staff’s recommendation that it be denied, the BOCS votes to approve the CPA Wolf Run development. The proverbial “Cherry” on the top is the subsequent two Supervisors, Stewart and Candland, who decry the approved “advertised” tax rate of 1.215 up from last years 1.204.
Let’s recap shall we. Corey approves the HUGE residential development of Avendale, Candland approves what SHOULD have been commercial zoning into residential with his Wolf Run vote, and they are complaining about having to increase taxes to pay for needed local resources like teachers and new police stations?
Stewart said one item that he thinks can be cut from Peacor’s proposed budget is the Central District Police Station, which has generated some neighborhood opposition. Stewart said it needs to be built at some point but could probably be pushed off to the future.
Peacor’s facility budget calls for a new station near Davis Ford Road and Prince William Parkway to maintain response times and relieve overcrowding of the area’s other police stations. The station would cost of $28.1 million over the next three fiscal years.
What world do some people live in? The BOARD is directly responsible to for ensuring the needs of the community are met. Who do they believe will ultimately pay for the new housing they themselves approve?
Here is a suggestion, all these Comp plan amendments that will come before you in the next month or so, all these developers (well, really, only two) who will ask for special allowances to build houses in areas zoned for commercial, just say one word…… “NO”!
Don’t pretend outrage that teachers need to be paid, don’t feign innocence that roads need to be built, that schools are overcrowded, that we need more investment in our fire, rescue, and police, don’t tell us that you are looking out for our best interest because suddenly you don’t want to “raise” our taxes.
The $32 million to be paid to the Virginia Retirement System next year was part of the reason Prince William Schools Superintendent Steven L. Walts proposed no increase in pay for teachers until fiscal 2016. The schools expected to have to pay back the amount over several years and instead will have to pay $32 million in 2013 as well as 2014.
Still, PWEA board member Jim Livingston said the county should shoulder more of the burden. Livington said the county’s revenue sharing agreement, which provides schools 56.75 percent of all general fund revenue, is simply not enough based on the proposed tax rate.
“56.75 percent of not enough is not enough,” Livington said. Only Chairman Corey A. Stewart, R-At large, and Pete Candland, R-Gainesville, voted against the proposed rate with Candland stating he wouldn’t support any tax increases in 2013. Schools would receive $2.7 million less from the county should the board not raise the current tax rate of $1.204, according to county Budget Director Michelle Casciato.
More houses mean more kids which mean more teachers are needed. You can’t just play nice with developers to “earn” your campaign contributions and then forget the citizens who are left bearing the financial burden of your votes.
The votes of BOCS directly impact every single citizen in PWC, whether we know it or not. Just because a supervisor voted against a particular tax rate does not mean they are fiscally responsible!