Amid squabble, conservative talk show host withdraws request for Loudoun County tax exemption
Loudoun County's all-Republican board initially approved Landmark Legal and nearly 20 other nonprofit groups' tax exemption requests in September.
But the list of approved organizations still had to go to a public hearing Nov. 12 before being finalized. At the public hearing, Supervisor Ken Reid (R-Leesburg) said Landmark doesn't “seem to address any kind of Loudoun County focus,” and Reid requested more information from Levin's group before signing off on its exemption.
Supervisor Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn), in September, also could not provide a specific impact Landmark had in Loudoun County. Buona chairs the finance committee that examined the applications for tax relief.
Despite their skepticism, both Reid and Buona supported Landmark's request in September.
To grant property tax exemptions, supervisors have said they want to see a specific benefit the organization has on Loudoun County.
Landmark Legal “is a conservative non-profit 501(c)3 legal advocacy group, with a $1 million annual budget,” according to Wikipedia. “Through litigation and direct interfacing with government agencies, it advances a platform of limited government.”
Levin's foundation had asked for relief of more than $8,500 in real estate and personal property taxes. But following Reid's inquiry, the foundation withdrew its application, according to county Commissioner of the Revenue Bob Wertz.
The conservative host took exception with being "singled out" among local organizations like Loudoun Cares, Boulder Crest Retreat, The ARC of Loudoun and the local Habitat for Humanity.
“They can stick their $8,000 property tax bill, because I'm not going to answer Mr. Reid or anybody else beyond what we've told them,” Levin said on air earlier this month. “And don't ever, ever come up to me ever again.”
Levin added, “They should be grateful that I located our offices in Loudoun County, Virginia, because maybe I'll move them.”
The only supervisor to oppose the tax relief in September was Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling), who generally votes against exemptions, while Supervisor Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles) abstained, saying he didn't agree with the process used to select the applicants.
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