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"Feeling Our Pain, and then Some"

It's not often the editorial staff of the Richmond Times-Dispatch sheds a tear for the follks here in Arlington County. One of their editorials on Saturday, however, took note of the 24% jump in Arlington's residential real estate assessments. By comparison, they note "the average city house (in Richmond) is assessed 23 percent higher than it was in 2001." After pointing out how much Arlington's assessments have increased, they end with "Wow. Perhaps it's not so bad here after all." The Arlington County Board, however, can reduce the pain by significantly cutting the real estate tax rate when they approve the FY2006 budget in April. By the way, "significantly" doesn't mean the Board's puny two or three cent cuts of prior years. We're talking a minimum two-digit cut in the real estate tax rate.

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