Mayor and Council Members,
a maneuver of city government, it looks like you'll all have
the opportunity to raise taxes while seeming to hold
yourself above the decision with regard to the real estate tax
also seems from the layman's eyes that the true leader (or
dictator) is Mr.Spore who is setting the tone for a higher
city budget with his agenda in mind. Gee, I don't remember
voting for him?
also appears the Mayor, while wonderful individual, has been
in office too long with relationships with
"spenders" who have much more of her attention than
do the voters/taxpayers. It would seem to me that the
limitations placed on the President, Congressman and Senators
should certainly apply to local government.
about these few things while you decide how to approach the
tax rate reduction.
Most taxes are
incremental....percentage points above the prior year, as are
salaries and bonuses for the individual taxpayers. This real
estate tax boost based on the new tax assessments will wipe
out any pay raises
the average employee with a family receives in a year.
Retired couples who had the
foresight to buy property 10-15 years ago in attractive
neighborhoods such as Bay Colony, North End, Croatan, etc.,
have seen their assessments to up each year and this year up
to and over 40% plus from last year. Most on fixed
budgets, you are burdening them with an overwhelming cost of
living increase after they have spent years faithfully
supporting the infrastructure of Virginia Beach.
live in a resort town with distinct advantages over cities
with no other income base than the real estate taxes. Al
correctly points out that the commercial sector which directly
benefits from our dollars spent on tourism development does
the least to support the peoples of Virginia Beach. With one
of the highest meal taxes in the nation, we, as with the
residents of Alaska who receive benefits from oil and
homeowners in regions with gambling, should receive
concessions in our taxes as a direct result of the influx of
finally bought our dream home last year. We worked hard and
saved to be able to afford the down payment and monthly
payments. With a balanced family budget, we had everything
planned out perfectly, even a 10-15% tax assessment increase.
Our real estate tax assessment went up 42% over last year!
When we read the paper and see the special interest projects
being funded by these additional tax dollars, we feel deceived
and robbed of our hard earned dollars. Come on, a walkover for
$2,000,000 down at the Marine Science Museum, but a light
there like the rest of the beach front. What are you all
have never been politically motivated to become involved in
any tax issues, but with this matter, we can assure you we are
would like to think enough of you have the guts to do what's
right for your citizens and reduce our tax rate to a
more reasonable number. Rather than blame an automatic
function of the tax assessors office for our tax increase, do
what we expect of our elected officials, balance it out and
reduce our real estate tax rate.
& Patrick McLaughlin