What are the top three worst development investments a county can make in a recession?
Answer: Apartments, Apartments and Apartments.
And why is that?
Because they come stacked with kids, kids and more kids.
Apartments are the highest density developments you can have. And the problem is, there are so many children per square foot that the taxes the county receives fall far short of these types of dwellings even coming close to paying their “fair” share, especially when it comes to schools. Which means that the rest of the county must subsidize this deficiency in fair taxes paid.
Already the Education piggies are squealing for more money despite a decline in student enrollment. And to be sure, we need to pay our teachers a decent wage, but the yop heavy administrators are siphoning off most of the tax dollars from the classrooms these days. And they support higher density developments because it is becoming harder and harder to demand the taxpayers pay more and more to the schools, ostensibly “for the children” when enrollment is declining. More money for fewer kids is a hard sell in an already overtaxed county especially in a recession.
Recently we dodged a bullet. The uber-liberal and increasingly UN Agenda 21 “friendly” Hanover Planning Commission is goo goo eyed for the “One World Order” UN mandate to approve high density “rack ’em and stack ’em” high density “Sustainable” dwellings.
But the taxpayers of Hanover County simply cannot afford to pay for this type of development and everyone should be up in arms against the Planning Commission’s Agenda 21 compliance. This is the first step in the zoning scheme to whittle away at property rights of the county property owners.
First, provide high density dwellings then restrict land use to the point people cannot afford to own property.
And subsidizing apartments does just that!
But the high density – low income apartments that were recently voted on were denied by a 5-2 vote with Canova Peterson (Mechanicsville) and Ed Via (Ashland) voting to approve the Agenda 21 friendly proposal.
Initially, Chickahominy Supervisor Angela Kelly-Wiecek was in favor of the proposal because this was not in the school district that she represents (and her son attends). However, after several anti-apartment activists made the argument that eventually the school district lines would have to be redrawn and the “low income” students would most likely be attending the same High School as her son, she decided to vote against the apartments.
Now, the developers have proposed apartments in the Chickahominy District and Kelly-Wiecek has indicated that she is in favor of these apartments because they will be “executive” apartments renting for between $1500 and $1800.
So, apparently, to Kelly-Wiecek, if you can afford $1500 or more monthly rent, you are suitable to attend school with her child. Below that, you are riff raff and not worthy of sharing a school with her child.
So, a “yes” vote from Kelly-Wiecek will mean her admission price is $1500.
Can her vote be bought for $1500 in rent? Is Angela Kelly-Wiecek an elitist? We will have to wait until the May 22 vote to find out.
And just how naive and gullible are supervisors who believe that rents that high will ever sell? With the glut of houses for rent in Hanover at lower prices, these apartments will rent for far lower prices than promised. The developers are having a field day with inexperienced and ill prepared amateurs sitting on the Hanover Board of Supervisors. They need to listen to the sage advice of the Supervisors who know this is bad for Hanover in these economic times.
As for Canova Peterson, who happens to be the Supervisor for my district and one for which I worked very hard to elect, I am disappointed in his vote for the high density, Agenda 21 approved apartments and for the first time regret my efforts to elect him to the Hanover Board of Supervisors. Voting for apartments – no matter the rent – will eventually require higher taxes to support the high density children that come with.
It is very disappointing to work so hard to put people in elected office only to see them go back on their “fiscal conservative” campaign speeches and promises. And we have been betrayed at every level of government.
A word of advice to the entire Board of Supervisors:
Vote NO to any and all high density Agenda 21 approved dwellings or we will work even harder your next election to vote you OUT!
And the citizens of Hanover can let their board representative know you are not happy with this!
Angela Kelly-Wiecek at firstname.lastname@example.org
Canova Peterson at email@example.com
Sean Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Via at email@example.com
Bucky Stanley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Elton Wade at email@example.com
Wayne Hazzard at firstname.lastname@example.org