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More on Your Income (make that declining income?)

Yesterday, I growled about Thursday evening's Arlington County Board's tax rate hearing, noting that activist Bob Atkins zinged the Board by saying, "Federal taxes are going up, state taxes are going up, real estate taxes are going up . . . Everything is going up except the earnings of the average resident of Arlington.” He may not have realized just how prescient those words really were.

Well, today, at the online Arlington Sun Gazette, Scott McCaffrey wrote that "average weekly wages take tumble across area," beginning the story saying:

"While remaining among the highest nationally, the average weekly wages of those working in Arlington have taken a tumble, according to new federal figures.

"The average weekly wage for those with jobs in the county, no matter where they might live, dropped 3.7 percent from the third quarter of 2011 to the same period in 2012, based on figures reported March 29 by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. That ranked Arlington 304th among the nation’s 328 largest counties by percentage change.

"The news wasn’t much better for those who live in Arlington but work elsewhere in the region: Average wages also declined for those working in the District of Columbia and the other major jurisdictions across the metropolitan area.

"The average weekly wage stood at $1,488 for Arlington workers in the third quarter, and despite the decline from a year before, was still high enough to rank the county fifth among the nation’s biggest counties . . . ."

The most recent Internal Revenue Service (IRS) data (2010) also suggests the Arlington County Board should pay more attention to Bob Atkins' advice. For example, Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) data maintained by Transaction Records Access Clearinghouse, located at Syracuse University, shows the following AGI's for 2009 and 2010 for the following Northern Virginia jurisdictions:

  • Falls Church City -- $114,596 (2009); $113,728 (2010)
  • Loudoun County -- $102,800 (20090;  $101,828 (2010);
  • Fairfax County -- $98,695 (2009); $96,718 (2010);
  • Arlington County -- $90,492 (2009); $89,138 (2010);
  • Alexandria City -- $83,238 (2009); $81,918 (2010)
  • Prince William County -- $73,492 (2009); $73,574 (2010)

After the Arlington County Board's budget hearing on March 26, 2013, I growled that the County Board had plundered more than $120 million from Arlington taxpayers over the past 10 years because the five Board masterminds were unable to limit their greed, i.e., limiting county spending to inflation and population increases. Now it seems that if the County Board raises the real estate tax rate beyond the 3.2 cents recommended in the Manager's FY 2014 proposed budget, and we aren't necessarily in favor of that, the Board masterminds would, once again, be demonstrating their greed, and showing that they are controlled by the affordable housing special interest groups.


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