Taxes are up, services are down, but Fairfax supervisors voted themselves a 30% pay raise. Those of us who aren’t far right or far left are stuck in the middle, ignored and forgotten.
This Friday, expect a bill for thousands of dollars. July 28th is property tax day in Fairfax County and for the 10th year in a row taxes are up. Way up — MORE THAN 50% in the last 10 years.
It’s especially hard on the retired and those on fixed incomes. But it hurts all of us in an economy with high inflation on the one hand, and fewer jobs on the other.
It’s not just homeowners feeling the bite either, high taxes drive rents up as well.
Our older neighbors are leaving, and young people can’t buy a home or start a family here.
But high taxes are only part of the story. The real reason the Board of Supervisors keeps raising taxes is because they’re spending more than ever.
Not so much on police, teachers and trash collectors — the people and talent we need, but on themselves! The Fairfax Board of Supervisors voted to INCREASE their own pay by 30% — a $40,000 increase.
Being a county supervisor is supposed to be a part time job. And most only work a few hours per week. But our board thinks they deserve a full time salary — more than $125,000 per year.
They also voted themselves extravagant benefits like tax funded vehicles for their personal use.
I’m running for county supervisor because I think the vast majority of Fairfax residents want a Board more concerned with solving problems for taxpayers than taking taxpayers to the cleaners.
The Fairfax Board is ignoring what I call the forgotten middle. We’re not far right, or far left. We’re centrists who want to live in a prosperous and peaceful community where our families can feel safe from crime, our schools function the way they should, and elected officials are capable and caring.
That’s why I’m running for Fairfax Board of Supervisors from the Dranesville district — mostly Herndon, McLean, and Great Falls.
The forgotten middle need a voice on the Fairfax Board of Supervisors. I hope you’ll join me.