Not a tea party county: don’t go on the cheap
Tuesday brings another board of county supervisors meeting and more red meat for the blogosphere. The red meat lately has come from the supervisors budget time.
Remember last spring when Corey Stewart pretty much told us that if we were going to attract business we were going to have to have services that people wanted? He actually mouthed the words that taxes might go up. All that has been forsaken it appears and he is now back to Tea Party Mentality.
The problem with Tea Party Mentality is that Prince William County isn’t a poor county. We are the 9th richest county in the nation and have the second largest school system in the state. Our school system is suffering. Teachers aren’t getting raises and the per pupil classroom ratio is the highest in the state. There are rumblings now to “adjust” the amount of money given to the schools. Currently the school system receives 56.75% of the revenue. I certainly don’t think anyone intends to give the schools any more money. That would be a first. There are also rumblings about the BOCS having more input into the School Board budget. I do not believe this is legal. If it is, it shouldn’t be. Why have a school board then?
Continuing along the cheap lines would be strong suggestions out of at least 2 supervisors to cut the partnerships out of the budget. Those eyeing the partnerships for a good head chopping are after the arts as well as those programs that help people.
The most vulnerable community partners programs are those that are not tied to grants or agreements. Those tied to grants/agreements may require some review if commitments have already been made.
A few examples are straight funding are:
- Homeless Shelter
- FamilyLegal Services
- Boys/Girls Club
- Victim Support Sexual Assault
- Battered Women
- Rainbow Riding
- literacy program
- Red Cross
There are others. Other candidates for the chopping block are all the arts. Some of the support provided by the county really determines whether these groups will continue to exist. The arts are what attract people to a community. This area is what companies look at when determining relocation. They want to bring their people to communities that champion the arts, have good library services and a top -notch school system.
I expect SERVE and ACTS are also on the block. Do we really want to kill off programs that feed the hungry and provide shelter for those in need?
There is already talk of cutting back the number of county employees. Seriously? Have any of the supervisors gone and talked to the worker bees? How much overtime to they have to put in? Some people I know do the jobs of 2 people.
It is time to put away the tea party mentality for this county. I don’t want to live in a community that has been “ghetto-ized” by the county government and a small band of citizen activists who are …well…cheap. These same people are often the ones you hear griping and grousing about bad neighbors and that the county is going to trash. Well…you get what you pay for, folks.
It isn’t good to be the cheapest place in northern Virginia. It attracts people you might not want in your community. Investment in your community is one of the better places to spend your money.
Supervisors, don’t run on cheap. You can’t do it with your car and you can’t do it with your county. Get off the band wagon and stand up to those other supervisors who just want to go on the cheap. Just say NO to a flat tax rate.