A judge refused Friday to overturn the Prince William County electoral board’s decision to block Republican efforts to hold primary nominating contests for several incumbent members of the Board of Supervisors.
After a court hearing, Judge Paul Sheridan said he doesn’t believe he has the authority to tell the county electoral board to reverse its position on the matter, which began when Republican party officials missed the state deadline for requesting primary elections for Prince William County board of supervisors chair Corey Stewart and three other Republican incumbents who wanted them.
“It’s not for a judge, in light of all this, to tell a political party or state and local agencies how to proceed,” said Sheridan, a retired Arlington County judge brought in to hear the case, which has roiled political waters in Prince William County.
So the incumbents have been screwed. Perhaps just as important is the fact that the voters have been screwed. For example, I cannot vote for anyone in the fire house primary. I don’t pass the Republican purity test. I voted in a Democratic primary in the past 5 years. I also voted in a Republican primary, being an Independent. I also cannot vote because I vote absentee. You cannot vote absentee in a firehouse primary.
It’s a sad day for both incumbents and voters. I have no idea why the deadline was missed but it just isn’t right. To the general public, it looks like there is some voter fraud going on. I am not sure how, but eventually something will leak out. I just find it incredibly strange and non-random that the targeted people have been boxed in to this situation. I expect there will be a lot of “pew packing” at the firehouse primaries to make sure that the incumbents are ousted.
I hope if that happens that the incumbents run as independents. I will set aside a little money to donate to their campaigns should that happen. Fair is fair. And this situation wasn’t fair. I still smell a rat…a big one.
The tax assessments are in for tax year 2015. What on earth has all the hype been over. I was expecting to have to take out a second mortgage just to be able to afford the increase. I had been eyeing the cat food for months now, figuring I was going to have to substitute at least a couple meals a week with the stuff because of PWC’s oppressive tax burden, imposed by all those “tax and spend” supervisors.
Such is not the case. Back to hamburger and chicken. The sky is not falling. My tax bill increase, if it stays at the advertised rate hovers in right around $300 per year. That’s about $25 a month. I think I can afford that. Oddly enough, the tax amounts have gone down. The assessment statement was much more detailed this year.
2015 $1.1936 (advertised)
Its pretty obvious that our tax amounts have decreased. The actual housing assessments have increased which shows growth in the county. You always want your house to be appreciating. PWC housing assessments have always been low, compared to what you can get on the real estate market so things are even better.
The bottom line is, my taxes will go up a little bit more than they did last year. My house is worth more. My taxes were fairly flat for several years after the great recession so I am really not going to complain.
However, the tea party mentality people of the county will have you believe that our current supervisors have been fleecing us for the past 8 years. That is simply a lie.
I live in an older neighborhood, Sudley, to be specific. My house is about 45 years old. Sudley has held its value fairly well and most streets still look presentable. It’s not grand living though. If you want granite countertops you have to remodel your kitchen. If you want 10 foot ceilings you are pretty much out of luck. If you want mature trees, you are in tree heaven. Some of the people squawking the most about taxes live in much fancier digs than I do. Perhaps some of them need to return to normal living if their taxes are too high.
I have lived here a long time. I expected my taxes to go up over the years. They have not disappointed me. They have. This yearly occurrence is normal. It is what happens. If your taxes are too high, you either bought too much house for your income or you really shouldn’t be living in Northern Virginia.
The Prince William County court case over whether primary elections should be held for board of supervisors chairman Corey Stewart and three GOP colleagues has a hearing scheduled for Friday, officials announced on Monday.
Stewart (R-At Large,) county Sheriff Glenn Hill and supervisors Martin E. Nohe (Coles) and Maureen S. Caddigan (Dumfries) filed the lawsuit last week to overturn a county electoral board decision against staging primary elections after a local party official missed a state deadline requesting that they be held.
The incumbents hope to avoid a less predictable firehouse canvass or caucus nomination that would draw fewer voters and more likely favor lesser-known opponents.
One might want to stop right here and ask one’s self who has been behind shaking all the challengers out of the woodwork. There has been some pretty active recruiting going on for about the past year. The three board supervisors have also been the object of picking, mimicry, cheap shots and down-right lies for several years.
The Prince William County Board of Elections, which recently switched to Democratic control, has denied a request to allow several local Republicans – including Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart and Sheriff Glen Hill – to defend their seats in the June 9 primary.
In an emergency meeting Wednesday, the three-member board met to consider whether Stewart, Hill and supervisors Maureen Caddigan, Potomac; Pete Candland, Gainesville; and Marty Nohe, Coles, could defend their seats in the state-run primary — even though the local GOP committee missed a Feb. 24 deadline to make that request to the Virginia State Board of Elections.
The three-member board, which switched from Republican to Democratic control March 1, denied the request in a 2-to-1 party line vote.
This might not sound like a big deal if you are one of the folks who isn’t part of the party faithful, but I can assure you, it is.
This upcoming supervisors race is getting increasingly amusing. Some of it is very predictable. Some of it, not so much.
I hear things. I never tell names and tales in the same breath. It cuts off your source of information. Information is gold to a blogger. You can use it wisely and prudently or you can shot-gun it all over the place and blow folks out of the water. I have seen both. I try to follow the former rather than the latter path.
I find it laughable that the same person ran his own strong-arm candidate acquisition scam. I think about 20 people got strong armed. Not many people have the stomach for this game so many just said no.
It appeared that there would be one Republican candidate and one Democratic candidate for the BOCS chair. Then along came a rival, yapping at Corey heels. I question the wisdom of Candland support so early in the game. That sends a clear message to the current chairman that Pete Candland is an adversary and doesn’t plan to work with Corey at all. Candland might as well have declared war. Why would you want to send that message, just out of curiosity? Is that smart to show your cards that early in the game to someone of the same party, sitting on the same board?
The next budget work session will be this coming Saturday at the Buckhall Fire Department on Yates Ford Road. It will probably be a lot more comfortable and a lot more homelike for the supervisors and staff. I am not so sure it will reach more people. In fact, I am betting it reaches fewer.
The session cannot be broadcast. The only possible broadcast must be from the board chambers. The meeting cannot be changed back to the chambers because it has already been advertised for the Buckhall Fire Department.
I felt the session last Saturday was very informative. Even though the session ended early because of the horrible weather, I felt like I was coming away with a lot better knowledge of how the county worked. I am so sorry the decision was made to hold part 2 in another location.
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Prince William County is #12. That’s not too shabby. Half the households make more than $93,744 annually and half make less. Loudoun, of course, puts us to shame with a top median household income of nearly $118,000 per year.
Prince William County’s schools enrollment boom has outpaced the growth of the district’s budget for years, a quandary exacerbated by the recession. Class sizes have ballooned. Bus service has been cut. Per-pupil spending has flattened.
Faced with the prospect of the county’s enacting a smaller than planned increase in the property tax rate, the school board has again begun weighing drastic cuts, this time to the district’s treasured universal full-day kindergarten program, which Superintendent Steven L. Walts once touted as his “greatest accomplishment.” After years of cutbacks, board members said there are few places left to look to save money.
“It’s more of an economic calculation than an educational calculation,” said school board Chairman Milton C. Johns (At Large), who has championed the expansion of the program. “We’re out of options.”
So this is what it comes down to? The BOCS needs to stop trying to “out-Republican” each other and do the right and responsible thing. Cutting new funding back to a $12 million increase is not the right and responsible thing to do when PWC gets approximately 2000 new students per year.
This morning when I check in to Facebook.com, I saw some very sad news from Prince William County School Board Chairman Milt Johns. Let me first off say that Mr. Johns is a Republican. He and I have very different political views. In fact, on some of them, we would probably stand toe to toe and scream at each other. Mr. Johns, however, was the school board chair. Those issues that we vehemently disagree on would have rarely come up. I also don’t know Mr. Johns personally. We have met professionally, before I retired. Milt Johns’ press release:
For Immediate Release
After months of prayer, reflection, and discussions with my family, I have decided that I will not seek re-election as Chairman at Large of the Prince William County School Board in 2015. When my term ends at midnight on December 31, 2015, I will have spent nearly a quarter of my life serving on the Prince William County School Board. It is time for me to focus on other matters, including my family and my law practice. I do expect to continue to have …a role supporting Prince William County Schools and in local political activities.