Saturday, October 30, 2010

Vote NO on All Three Virginia Constitutional Issues

A.Y. recommends that Arlington Voters vote NO on all three Virginia constitutional ballot questions.

Question 1: Should Virginia's counties and cities be able to determine how poor or disabled a person must be before qualifying for an exemptiomn from paying local real estate taxes?

BEFORE Virginia goes down the Frost Belt states' road of awarding homeowners partial to total real estate tax exemptions for anything or everything, the General Assembly must determine what that profligate give-away will cost ALL of Virginia's homeowners.

Question 2: Should Virginia's veterans who are 100% disabled receive a total tax exemption on property taxes paid on their primary residences?

Totally disabled Veterans receive between $2600 and $3400 per month tax free, as well as lifetime free health care, mortgage benefits, and other federal veterans benefits. Congress should determine whether to award additional federal Veterans benefits based upon actual need.

Question 3 would allow the State of Virginia to set aside more "rainy day" funds during "good times".

The State of Virginia experiences a population growth of between 80,000 and 100,000 per year, year after year and decade after decade. The State of Virginia must base budgets on actual and projected needs, not upon the wants and desires of the Governor and General Assembly.

Arlington Yupette

21 Comments:

At 30 October, 2010 , Anonymous Jeff said...

Yeee...Hawww...Yupette for County Board, General Assembly, Congress. At last, someoee who GETS IT !!!!

 
At 30 October, 2010 , Anonymous Barbara said...

I do not, DO NOT, want Viginisa to become like the Rust Belt. Thank you.

 
At 30 October, 2010 , Anonymous Dump Zimmerman said...

Send Scotty McCaffrey to Upstate New Jersey to report on what they pay in real estate taxes because of all the giveaways to everyone with his or her hand out looking for a handout. Isn't is bad enough already here when we have to grease the REITs and do-gooder groups?

 
At 31 October, 2010 , Anonymous Welcome to New York said...

Welcome to New York State's wacky real estate tax exemption system.

 
At 31 October, 2010 , Anonymous over taxed and under served said...

Has anyone determined how many of the 7,000 totally disabled Virginia veterans live in Arlington and how much their primary residences are worth?

 
At 31 October, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ask Frank O'Leary - oops he's too busy predicting the outcome of the elections.

 
At 31 October, 2010 , Anonymous 2100 said...

Frank is too busy running next year's car tax decal design contest.

 
At 31 October, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only a matter of time and elections before there is a laundry list of property tax exemptions.

 
At 31 October, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My brother was hired to teach at the U.S. Military Academy. So he bought a $400,000 home nearby. He pays $12,000 a year in real estate taxes, school taxes, etc. Twice as much as he paid here for a comparable home. The people in that area hate the real estate tax "system". There is an exemption of some kind for about half the people who own homes.

 
At 31 October, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next year it will be totally disabled police and fire. Lots of those.

 
At 31 October, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a thread sometime about the Sisters Cities Program? Looks like it's starting to cost a lot.

 
At 31 October, 2010 , Anonymous Joan22207 said...

We have gone in 18 months from a state that was in dire financial circumstances to a state that is handing out money to every perceived financial need. Why should I allow them to establish a "rainy day fund"?

 
At 31 October, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same State of Virginia that was closing interstate rest areas 18 months ago?

 
At 31 October, 2010 , Anonymous fiscally responsible democrat said...

Do you know who is behind the total exemption for totally disabled veterans constitutional question? Senator Toddy Puller and Governor Bob McDonnell on behalf of the military retirees who live around Ft. Belvoir, Bob McDonnell's old neighborhood and Sen. Puller's senate district.

 
At 31 October, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last I heard the poverty and unemployment in the counties along the N. Carolina border was pretty extensive. Who is doing anything for them?

 
At 31 October, 2010 , Anonymous Progressive said...

You know the Pro-Lifers. They will do anything for a few human cells, when it comes to human people, that's another story.

 
At 31 October, 2010 , Anonymous Buffington Muffington said...

I vehemently disagree. Dear Bob and Toddy recognize the enormous sacrifices that retired flag officers who live in Belle Haven, Mt. Vernon, Fort Hunt, and so on made for their country. Isn't it enough that they are so disabled by arthritis they can no longer play golf? Why do their beautiful homes have to be taxed as well?

 
At 31 October, 2010 , Anonymous Let's Be Free said...

Yupette knows a slippery slope when she sees it!!!

 
At 31 October, 2010 , Anonymous Jeff said...

Slippery slope? It's like a f-ing ski slope in January, LBF.

 
At 31 October, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it interesting that no one is doing anything at all for all the people who are unemployed and have been foreclosed over the past several years?

 
At 31 October, 2010 , Anonymous 22204 said...

Virginia's population is about 9 million and we have infrastructure for about 8 million. We are always a decade behind.

 

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