Thursday, February 21, 2013

Arlington FY14 Budget a 'Don't Worry Be Happy' Disaster

Hey Yupette,

Arlington County Manager presented the FY14 Budget to the County Board yesterday. Basically ignored any effects of federal cutbacks and Arlington's budget cuts due to real estate tax shortfalls will largely come from essential services, with a 3.9% increase in taxes and fees for homeowners. No word on the schools budget yet and how much the school system will need. The County Board goes on pretending it's 2003 and that the Feds are going to keep printing money to fight wars in the Third World, when the reverse is happening. Only County Board Member who recognized that the County is going to get fiscally and economically slammed by federal employee furloughs and loss of contractor employment was Mary Hynes.

No significant cutbacks to the County Board's pet projects, streetcars, sports, entertainment, recreation. Oh, the Artisphere's budget is being cut 50% so the performing arts groups who use the Artisphere are going to have to finally resort to philanthropy.

This is what we get for electing and re-electing people, like Jay Fisette, with a "party's over here" mindset who live in a bubble.

Thanks for your blog.

Tom, 22205

39 Comments:

At 21 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

County Manager refuses to move to Arlington from Fairfax County no matter how much the County Board pays her.

 
At 21 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

County Board is completely irresponsible, cutting funds for essential senior and schools healthcare and fire, police, and EMS when Arlington's population is increasing.

 
At 21 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dump Fisette, we can't afford his tax-borrow-spend for hundreds of millions more in recreation-sports-entertainment.

 
At 21 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about their irresponsible "affordable housing" program, where it takes working 100 hours per month at $14 / hour to be able to afford an "affordable" 1-bedroom apartment?

 
At 21 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't Jay Fisette (oops Fi$ette) concerned about the slowdown in the revolving door between his domestic partner's consulting firm and the County Board offices?

 
At 21 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the performing arts in Arlington were about the performing arts rather than about titillating senior citizens with R-rated drivel on-stage, Arlington's performing arts groups would be holding fund-raiser events to support the Artisphere every month.

 
At 21 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

R-Rated drivel on stage? You can't be referring to the $ignature Theater, aka $tephen $ondheim $ignature Theater.

 
At 21 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hang on to your wallets, folks, the ride is going to get even bumpier! If all the money spent for the "artisphere" and similar vanity projects had been spent on things that ALL Arlingtonains need, like schools, infrastructure, roads...

Drive west on Wilson just west of Glebe Road or down parts of Williamsburg Blvd and you'll get all the "vibrant" you could possibly want.

I was brought up in a different era - when economic times are tight, money is spent on essentials (housing, food, clothes), and treats only with what is left over. If a treat can't be afforded at that time, defer and wait until it can. Example, the "artisphere" should have been deferred until better economic times and the money applied to fix/maintain infrastructure, roads, and revamp/open up facilities to relieve overcrowded schools...things that are truly for ALL Arlingtonians, not just the elite and rarified "board" members and their cronies.

 
At 21 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No more $$$$ spent on the $tupid $treetcar $ystem. Like $treetcars? Go live in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, etc.

 
At 21 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My 2-cents - they will advertise a 6-cent increase to restore the essential services they are cutting, plus another 1/2 cent for the $chool $ystem's bloated bureaucracy.

 
At 21 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the performing arts crowd likes the Artisphere so much, they should buy it.

 
At 21 February, 2013 , Anonymous Performing Artists to Re-Elect Jay Fisette said...

I love the performing arts...especially when the stupid sheeple taxpayers are paying for the productions.

 
At 21 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coming to the Signature in 2013 "The Worst of Stephen Sondheim", funding provided by a grant from Arlington County, Virginia.

 
At 21 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no, not another Signature production of "Sweeney Todd".

 
At 21 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

In further developments, Miz Babs Donnellan, the "county manager" has announce not only a tax increase, but a cut in police and fire fighter positions. Just ducky, Miss Babs. Cut essential personnel needed to respond to emergencies and keep tax paying citizens safe, but Heaven forbid, don't touch Jay's fartisphere, Zimmy's folley trolley, or the Long Bridge "acquatics center"...oh no, some elitist snot would get their feelings hurt and be upset. As for the peasants, well....in their minds, we don't need no stinkin' police protection and fire fighters, we're supposed to STHU, sit down, and pay for freakin' taxes for their gee-dee vanity/legacy projects. Oh, the "mighty" ones don't give a crap if our kids are in overcrowded schools or our roads are looking more like something in Angola or Bangladesh.

 
At 21 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barbara Donnellan and Arlington Police Chief Doug Scott don't have to worry about fire, EMS, and police protection, they live in Upscale Clifton, in Fairfax County.

 
At 21 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why should Barbara Donnellan care? She's been employed by Arlington County for 30 years and can submit her retirement application at any time.

 
At 21 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to believe that Arlington County is, in reality, in bad fiscal and economic shape when so many people who are Progressive Dems, Repubs, Greens, Independents, etc., are on the same page about the County Board's tax-borrow-spend fiscal insanity bubble.

 
At 21 February, 2013 , Anonymous Jeff said...

Arlington County Government's "fiscal insanity bubble". No $hit, Sherlock.

 
At 21 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

County Board is so irresponsible they cut essential EMS services rather than cut library hours. But County Board members like Fisette and Zimmerman have been elected and re-elected so many times that they're immune to criticism.

 
At 22 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous wrote:

"County Board members like Fisette and Zimmerman have been elected and re-elected so many times that they're immune to criticism."

That's the truth! Reminds a person of the "99%" vote for the Commies from the "elections" in Stalin's USSR and post WW2 eastern bloc satellites.

 
At 22 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is going to complain at the CB meeting tomorrow? Certainly not the parents who have their kids enrolled in one of Arlington's sports, recreation, performing arts centers, aka high schools.

 
At 22 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arlington Parents?

"Waaaaa....Waaaaa...We want our million dollar synthetic soccer field and we want it now".

 
At 22 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Streetcars on the Pike? One Metrobus broke down on the Pike at 5 PM yesterday and traffic was backed up for a mile from Glebe Road to Four Mile Run.

 
At 22 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sequestration on March 1st? All out warfare breaks our on April 1st between the restaurant owners and food truck owners in the B-R corridor.

 
At 22 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we get to take 20 unpaid holidays no one is going to have money to spend on restaurants or food trucks.

 
At 22 February, 2013 , Anonymous Chris Zimmerman said...

"Waaaaaaaa.....Waaaaaa. I want my streetcar. I don't care about your unpaid leave days. If we have to raise your taxes and throw granny under the tracks, too bad. Need extra money? Become a consultant, like I did. All I ever hear is complaining about taxes. You sheeple make me sick".

 
At 24 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you spell S_L_E_A_Z_E? They voted to restore the planned cuts to public safety, school, seniors, etc., and to keep their stupid streetcar funded....set the tax rate increase at 5 cents.

 
At 24 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is the First Sleazocrat? Is it winter carnival time in Montreal?

 
At 24 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

First Sleazocrat was coordinating his neighbors' pro-streetcar appearance at the County Board meeting.

 
At 24 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where were Audrey Big Mouth Clement and the Greens?

 
At 24 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greens were sitting in the back of the CB Room with their fellow Limo Liberals from Voice.

 
At 24 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought a 6-cent tax rate increase was a done deal.

 
At 24 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a matter of fact the Montreal Winter Festival (Montreal en Lumiere) IS occurring right now - February 21st to March 3rd.

 
At 24 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Advertised (maximum) rate was set with a 5 cent increase. Tejada/Garvey wanted 6 cents, Fisette/Hynes wanted 4; they split the difference (Zimmerman missed yesterday's meeting with the flu). Final rate doesn't get voted on until mid-April.

 
At 24 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought i would never see the day that a Limo Liberal and a Conservative Repub would tell the County Board at the same meeting - "Raise our taxes, please".

 
At 24 February, 2013 , Anonymous Jeff said...

Flu my a$$. Who said Zimmerman has the flu? Bet a donut he's been partying in an AECOM hospitality suite in or around Montreal for the past week, when he's not been partying with Les Smart Growth Yuppies de Quebec.

 
At 25 February, 2013 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you say 'Lying Politricksters'? Which is what the County Board and its staff (few of whom live in Arlington) have become. Arlington's residents, taxpayers, and voters are 'the enemy', don't you know? And we've been 'the enemy' for years.

 
At 25 February, 2013 , Anonymous fairgirl said...

Libby Garvey doesn't give a $hit about her own community - Fairlington. Our homes' assessed values have plummeted, and she wanted to raise our tax rate by 6 cents? Oh, she's all for massively redeveloping nearby residential and commercial properties so our quality of life goes to hell with a huge increase in traffic.

 

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