Thursday, May 3, 2012

Arlington's Fiscal Future - Train Wreck or Major Yearly Tax Increases

Hi Yupette,

Seen how the Arlington County Board intends to spend tax revenue over the next five years? About $550 million for the Columbia Pike and Crystal City streetcar systems. At least $100 million more for Long Bridge Park. Minimum of $250 million for school construction. Then there is an unknown but extravagant amount for new sports, recreation, and entertainment projects. Perhaps another $100 million. That adds up to $1 billion. All new capital construction projects.

Where's the money for maintenance and improvements of existing infrastructure? Where the money for treating stormwater (a big source of Potomac River pollution)? Where's the money for affordable housing that's truly affordable?

Appears we're headed for some big real estate tax increases and fee hikes over the next few years. There is no way the County Board can pursue its own extravagant agenda and keep the County operating without significantly raising taxes.

Thanks for your blog.



Ken 22204

11 Comments:

At 03 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scrap the streetcar.

 
At 03 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fiscal Responsibility? What's that?

 
At 04 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I predict a 3-cent to 5-cent real estate tax increase every year into the future.

 
At 04 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arlington will not receive any help from the Feds to build a Crystal City streetcar system. Cost will be $300 million.

 
At 04 May, 2012 , Anonymous Jeff said...

Streetcar accidents and wrecks? Ask Portland and San Francisco residents about that.

 
At 04 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

More Kubicki Theater at the CivFed.

 
At 04 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep giving money away to $occer, Incorporated and to wealthy gimme groups like the $ignature-$ynetic. Fiscal train wreck will occur sooner than you think.

 
At 05 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep inflating the bubble ---

 
At 07 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bubble will burst, fiscal train wreck will occur. Revolt against tax, borrow, spend will occur within five years.

 
At 07 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Arlington Republicans really wanted fiscal responsibility in county government there would be fiscal responsibility in county government.

 
At 07 May, 2012 , Anonymous 22207 said...

If Arlington Republicans really cared Mark Kelly would be serving on the County Board right now.

 

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