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Arlington County’s Revenue Sharing Agreement and Other Folly

An editorial in today’s Newport News Daily Press (may require free registration) says that for “an illustration of why pre-set revenue-sharing agreements are a truly bad idea, look no further than Hampton” where their school district receives 62% of city taxes. According to the editorial, “(i)t doesn’t make sense that at a time when the city is planning to lay off staff and cut services, including some that contribute to the quality of life, an arbitrary formula will force it to shift money to the schools – in the absence of a hard assessment of real need. And if real estate assessments rise, the schools may get even more.”

The newspaper concludes by noting: “The taxpayers of Hampton – and every locality – deserve leaders who will evaluate the totality of needs and allocate all the money available among them . . . Each year, the entire array of needs and revenues must be on the table, and elected officials must make the hard decisions that come with the job. They must not be in the untenable position of giving the schools money for which the schools have not presented a compelling case.”

Other resources: details on Arlington County’s revenue sharing agreement (agenda item F-1 – Adobe required); a growls from November 2005; and, a “pro vs. con” by the School Board candidates in the August 2002 ACTA Watchdog (requires Adobe).