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The Budget Dance

Bob Shannon  Central Garage

KW Board of Supervisors met all day Friday April 17th , I was there and it was a colossal waste of time , if for not the feigned drama that played out for the handful in attendance. If Ronald Reagan was a B actor their has to be a C class for these folks.

Much of the morning was spent wrestling ( that is what they wanted the public to think ) over the issue of what to do about land use. As the morning unfolded it appeared that Tom Redd was leading the charge to close all but the Agriculture tax exemption.  Otto Williams and Travis Moskalski were opposed, citing among other intellectual arguments that ” trees don’t go to school” (Otto) and “remember the $200,000 the County had to spend on roads when Marl Hill was built”  ( Travis ). At least Otto can always be counted on to lend some levity to these meetings, and hey, their may indeed be some folks out there that didn’t know trees didn’t attend school. Maybe Otto can explain how the trees in King & Queen County use more county resources than do the trees in King William.  As for the road expense perhaps Travis might bone up on the topic of proffers and how taxpayers got stuck with the tab, only because of poor planning by the County in the approval of Marl Hill.

The irony is so rich you can cut it…..Travis, the Democrat , the party that constantly cries “income inequality”  ” the wealth accruing to the  top 1% , now carrying water for the same crowd democrats eviscerate every chance they get in the press. When push came to shove Travis apparently forgot the party mantra. Slowing down development has been debunked as justification for the tax scheme. It will be interesting to see how his democratic brethren handle Travis’s apparent defection from the fold. I have pointed out for years now how both parties shill for the donor class.  Maybe at the next county democratic meeting Travis can explain to hard working homeowners how he chose to raise their taxes again,  rather than stand up to the privileged class.  He is about as obvious a politician as I have ever observed. I don’t use the word politician in a flattering light.

The “story” however isn’t Travis or Otto, but Tom Redd and Terry Stone. Redd never intended to close Agriculture and everyone knows it. Tom Redd was first elected just a few years after Land Use Tax Exemptions were adopted in King William ( 1981) and has had 30 years to stop this rip off if he was of a mind to. The truth is he may face one or more serious opponents this November and this was nothing more than a half clever political  ploy so that he can say ” I tried ” . He has had 30 these years to do something about land use and he decides this is the year ? It is an insult to the intelligence of the hardworking taxpaying homeowners in West Point. I hope they remember in November and throw this guy out of office. He has been there about 29 years too long.

Stone feigned angst over what to do, back and forth she went, initially before lunch indicating she was willing to close all categories but Agriculture, only after lunch to conclude we can ” tighten up the requirements, because I believe a lot of these parcels will fall out of the program”.  If Stone really believed that ask yourself this one question.  Why now Mrs. Stone, if you think their is that much fraud in the program , you have been on the Board for 3 + years ?   Stone has lived here all of her life , is a CPA, understands the program as well as anyone….she is politically ambitious and won’t dare anger the oligarchs who she will have to go, hat in hand for campaign money, whenever she decides the next step in her political ladder climb. She was , like Tom Redd doing what politicians do.   Both of them embody what is wrong in our system of government, even at the local level.

I observed at the Public Budget meeting last week  April 13th, and again on Friday the obvious strange absence of the Land Barron’s. Why show up at a meeting when they already knew the outcome.  If their had been even a chance of a actual discussion, an honest debate on the topic——they would have been there in droves.  The outcome was already determined.

What happened in November 2011 should be on their minds. Term Limits are broadly supported by both Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.  In 2011 taxes were on voters minds as they sent 2  of the 4 incumbents running for reelection packing. If taxes were on their minds in 2011, certainly it is on even more voters minds today. Our homes declined in value, and what do they do–raise the rate .  Not CUT SPENDING OR ELIMINATE TAX SCHEMES.

Supervisor Stephen Greenwood has consistently  been the only Supervisor that has fought to cut spending and level the tax playing field.  His proposal to get rid of the BPOL tax should have businesses in the County excited.  Dropping the BPOL tax has been a business and jobs boom for Stafford and Hanover County.  Promote King William as ” business friendly”, if they truly want to bring more business here.  Existing businesses also get the tax break, so both existing and new businesses are treated the same.  Greenwood should be commended for suggesting this smart idea. Let’s get him some help this November.  Citizens of King William will be well served to replace the other 4.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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