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The Baghdad Bobs of Local Government?

Arlington County Board members are set to approve the FY04 budget, and set the real estate tax rates, next Saturday, April 26. However, it is not clear whether Board members are reading local news. Early indications are the Board will only cut 1 1/2 cents from the current real estate tax rate of $0.993. Today's Washington Post, however, reports the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will cut 5 cents from their current rate of $1.21. Moreover, news reports in this week's Washington Post and the Arlington Sun-Gazette (HotNews, April 18, 2003) indicate that Arlington's population actually shrank in the year ending June 30, 2002. Nevertheless, the Manager's proposed budget will increase the cost of county government by 5.4%. Are the five members of the Arlington County Board becoming the Baghdad Bobs of local government?


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