With the economy on a free fall, there has been a great deal of talk on all three levels of government (Federal, State, and Local) to raise taxes. Their reasoning: make up for a blossoming deficit. A deficit that came with excessive and wasteful spending on programs, etc.
With the recent talk of tax hikes, Fairfax County will most likely raise property taxes, in addition to, cutting jobs and eliminating programs. The property taxes will raise from its current level of $.92 per $100 of the assessed value to $1.05.5 per $100. This would cause property owners to pay $14 more for property taxes in 2010. Along with this, there would be pay freezes and an increase in user and recreational sports fees. Additionally, there would an increase in storm water management.
Right now, we need to look more closely at programs that are not working for the benefit of those in Fairfax County and begin cutting those out before we resort to a tax hikes. Let’s be creative and find a way to solve these fiscal downfalls.