TELL THE COUNTY BOARD TO CUT THE REAL ESTATE TAX RATE AT LEAST TEN CENTS
Budget Hearing, Tuesday, March 28, 2006
The Arlington County Board will hold public hearings this week. On Tuesday evening, March 28, 2006, citizens can speak on the budget. Historically, most of the speakers at the Tuesday budget hearing advocate for special interests and bigger government, and only a few advocate for Arlington’s taxpayers.
Tax Rate Hearings, Thursday, March 30, 2006
The Thursday, March 30, 2006, tax rate public hearing will be devoted to the various tax rates that the County Board considers. Historically, most of the speakers who attend the Thursday tax rate hearing advocate for lower tax rates and limited government.
Why It’s Important to Speak or Communicate with the Board
Calendar year 2006 assessments were up 19.4% -- 16.3% for pre-existing property and 3.1% for new construction. The County Board advertised for NO change in the current real estate tax rate. If the County Board doesn’t act to lower that rate, it will result in a 129% increase in real estate taxes since 2000. Even if the Board lowers the rate by 5 cents as “proposed” by the County Manager, real estate taxes will be up 116.3% since 2000. During that period, inflation is up 17.5%. Information about the Manager’s Proposed FY 2007 budget is available.
A 5-cent cut in the real estate tax rate means residential property owners will still face a 11.5% increase in their taxes while residential property owners will still pay 4.8% higher property taxes with a 10-cent cut. That's still higher than the current inflation rate!
When, Where, and How
Both public hearings will be in the County Board Room 307 of Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard. They begin at 7:00 pm; on-site registration begins at 6:00 pm. Click here for the County Board’s general procedures for both hearings.
You can also sign-up in advance. The deadline for signing-up for the tax rate hearings is 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 29. This page takes you to County Board’s process for advance sign-up; at the bottom of the page, there is a link to the advanced sign-up webform. You will be provided a registration code to confirm that you have signed-up to speak.
If you are not able to speak at the tax rate hearing, please call the County Board office at (703) 228-3130. Better yet, send them an e-mail at County Board with your thoughts about how their taxes are affecting you. Further information about contacting the County Board is available by clicking on “Contact the County Board” link to the right.
For More Information, or to join ACTA
Not sure whether to speak, or still have a question? Call Tim Wise, ACTA’s president at (703) 243-8345. You can e-mail Tim Wise. If not already a member, consider joining ACTA. Use the PayPal link, or send him an e-mail for a membership form. Please browse Growls while you are here; many of the posts should make you growl, too.