'Little Interest' in Latest Arlington County Scam
This week's Arlington Sun-Gazette reports: "A collective yawn has so far been the community's response to give $500 tax rebates to homeowners of modest means . . . (T)he plan is similar to one that has run for several years in Alexandria. It skirts around state law -- which requires all property owners to pay the same amount per $100 of assessed value - but has not been challenged in court." According to the Sun-Gazette, county officials projected that 3,500 residents might apply for the grants, but "fewer than 200 have filed applications," and as a result, county officials have extended the deadline. The county flyer this blogger received on the program, which urged me to "claim your cash," listed the two financial limits as 1) combined family income less than $72,000 and 2) household assets less than $240,000 excluding your home and retirement accounts. So, for many county residents, the county will take $500, subtract out about 10% in 'government overhead,' and then give them back $500. In a letter to the editor, one county resident wrote that the application procedures are so onerous that applicants "are in for an intimidating and humiliating experience" since applicants are "treated like welfare cheats." For official information on the homeonwer grants, visit the county's website.