In a rare turn of events, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors adopted the advertised tax rate. They also adopted the FY16 budget.
By a 6-2 vote, supervisors approved the residential real estate tax rate of 1.122 percent for every $100 of assessed value, or a 3.88 percent increase from the FY15’s residential tax rate.
Brentsville Supervisor Jeanine Lawson (R) and Gainesville Supervisor Pete Candland (R) voted against the tax-rate as they would have preferred only a 2.5 percent tax increase.
The crowd at the McCoart building was in a jovial mood. Supervisors joked, citizens lavished praise on the supervisors and in the end, people cheered. It almost made you think you had crossed the county line.
Usually, the BOCS advertises at one rate and then drops the rate considerably. Such was not the case last night.
At least one local blog made fun of the supervisors who voted for the budget. They were also called names. This childish behavior reeked of poor sportsmanship It was a pathetic, last minute retreat mainsteam thinking since most of us thought this years exercise turned out to be a good budget session.
Too bad Lawson and Candland didn’t vote for most of the initiatives they instigated. If you don’t vote for something, you can’t own it. I never trust people who cannot compromise and find common ground.