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Supervisor Meyer proposes tax cut

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Loudoun County Supervisor Ron Meyer (R-Broad Run) wants the Board of Supervisors to cut the county’s current tax rate of $1.145 by two cents in the coming year's budget in a bid to save Loudoun taxpayer’s money and have extra funds in the event annual Metro costs put a strain on Loudoun’s finances.

Meyer’s proposal would take the real property tax rate recently proposed by County Administrator Tim Hemstreet from $1.135 per $100 in assessed value to $1.125.

The Broad Run supervisor insists his proposal would still fully fund county schools and also fund some of the proposed $2.5 billion budget for fiscal 2018’s critical needs.

“Our revenues dramatically increased because of our commercial growth,” Meyer said in a statement “In order to provide tax relief to seniors on fixed incomes, incentivize more businesses to invest in Loudoun, and create a sustainable budget for years to come -- we need to pass the budget at this tax rate.”

At a tax rate of $1.135, a Loudoun resident with a property assessed at $400,000 would pay a $4,540 tax bill. At a rate of $1.125, the resident would pay $40 less.

Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) didn't seem on board with Meyer's proposal. She told the Times-Mirror she cannot imagine why people would not want the Board of Supervisors to fully fund the proposed budget and its list of critical needs for such a slight difference in the proposed rate versus Meyer’s.

“I think that everyone on the board is going to vote their conscience, and I hope Mr. Meyer is voting his conscience,” Randall said.

Meyer's plan increases spending year over year on education, public safety and mental health while “not adding expenditures” the county cannot maintain in the future.

Under his full plan, the average Loudoun County residential property tax bill would be lower than fiscal 2017 levels and save $67 compared to this year’s advertised rate of $1.14. The average commercial property savings would be $406.

The Broad Run supervisor’s plan also includes funding for some of the county's listed critical needs, including a $600,000 increase for Developmental Services Employment and Day Support Contract Expansion.

Randall noted supervisors have only held one work session on the proposed budget and still had “a long way to go and a lot of things to come before us for us to make any decision on what a final rate should be at all right now.”

The final vote on the budget is set to take place on April 4.

Comments


but how much would this two cent tax rate change actually save us?  Are we talking $1,000 a year o4 $100.  Cutting taxes $10 a month will do nothing for most of us.  Find a way to cut $100 a month and this will be savings we can actually see.  Otherwise, it is simply an illusion with no real impact.


Agree with David. The student:teacher ratio is about 15:1. We pay teachers $5k/yr who get a piece of paper (NBCT) but there is no reward for excellent teaching.

If we objectively evaluated teachers and put kids in the best teachers’ classrooms, we would 1 get better results, 2 raise teacher pay (fewer to pay) and 3 lower costs/taxes. Note that the best performing countries like Japan, China, and Singapore have closer to 35 in a class.

But we don’t even need to talk waste, just gross incompetence/inflated budgets. LCPS couldn’t even sen spend $30+M they received last year. So why are we INCREASING their budget by $93M?! That $30M slush fund could be used to cut the rate by over 3 cents.


Thank you, Mr. Meyer.  We need more representatives like you!


political stunt to hide all his votes on density packing his district with townhouses…not sure how the extra townhouses equate to a tax cut…


Ok, David, please back up your claim of “waste”, and define “waste” while you are at it.  Understand, minus the miniscule part that may be put in a ‘rainy day fund’, the bulk of this $2.5B budget gets disseminated to County and regional residents(employees) and businesses, thus directing these tax dollars directly back into the economy. County uses tax $ to buy products from a local vendor - boom, that is the economy. County uses tax money to pay tens of thousands of employees, who take that $ and buy goods and services here in Loudoun - boom, that is the economy. Yes, some large amount of the budget goes toward debt payment, which probably goes to banks and investment firms out of the state, so it does not fuel our own economy - but it does fuel the national economy. The bonds we vote to approve becomes construction projects that provide wages for County residents, which spurs our entire society. The construction leads to new jobs, new mobility, new ancillary services, etc., all being created by the communally collected and spent tax dollar. 

This mindset that tax dollars just vanish, that they do no good, that they aren’t reinvested in our community, it baffles me. A tax cut is a cut to a definite flow of money INTO the economy. The unknown is what will people/businesses do with the $$ they reserve from the tax cut. Trickle-down theory is that they will spend/invest it in the economy. Government is trickle-down as well, and the fact that “profits” are NOT kept pretty much ensures that the money is re-infused in the economy.

It really comes down to, do you believe in society, or just yourself? Is the sum of our whole greater than our individual parts, or me, me, me?

Exclaiming Tax Cut sounds like me, me, me.


“cannot imagine why people would not want the Board of Supervisors to fully fund the proposed budget “

Because you waste enormous sums of money and, in particular, at LCPS which is never called to account for its gross overstaffing, etc.  How many years in a row has the BoS given LCPS a budget increase that is 2-3 times the rate of enrollment growth.

If you can’t spend wisely, then you shouldn’t have the money.

Tax cut!!!!!

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