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Bread and Circuses, Arlington Style

At its February 21 meeting, the County Board approved two actions, but only one made it into the press. The Washington Post reported on the Board's approval of "a $94.5 million park and swim complex" at the North Tract location, describing it as an "elaborate park plan." It may have helped that the county's spin machine produced a press release, which provided the details. However, there was no press release advising Arlington taxpayers the Board approved advertising an effective real estate tax rate increase of 10.2% (computation is in Attachment V of Board agenda item 15A--Adobe Reader required). In our opinion, that was the more important decision. Although the Board cannot approve a higher rate, they are likely to approve the highest rate they think they can get away with unless owners of Arlington real estate convince the five Board members otherwise. Consequently, the County Board needs to hear from you. Contact information is provided under "links" at the right. The Board also approved a higher water/sewer rate on Saturday (details in agenda item 16.B--Adobe Reader required.).


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