An Independent Conservative for Spotsylvania County - Salem District
I believe that the money saved from the increase in our bond rating should be returned to the taxpayers who are, quite literally, paying for the higher rating.
When the Board of Supervisors passed a property tax increase in 2010, we were told that "taxpayers would benefit in the long run" if it led to a higher bond rating. In 2012 it was time to begin to keep that promise. We passed the first real estate property tax cut (below the equalization rate) since 1975! We also reduced the personal property tax below equalization and cut the Business and Professional Licensing tax.
Many argue that we are taxed less than some jurisdictions. But businesses looking for a permanent location notice not only the current tax rate but the direction -- to get an idea of what to expect in the future. Even a small tax cut shows that we are reversing the 35 year upward trend in our tax rate.
Cutting taxes is the compassionate thing to do.
During this year's budget process I proposed a budget alternative which would have reduced the school's funding gap from $1.3 million to a few hundred thousand without raising taxes. Unfortunately, the Board voted down my proposal and I had to vote against this year's budget, but if re-elected I will try again next year.
I support an emphasis on math and science education while keeping in mind that each student has his or her own unique abilities and aptitudes. We also need to remember the non-college bound students. A strong industrial arts program using all the new technologies available is vital to teach non-college bound students the skills they will need.
Before the recession began, the Fredericksburg area was approaching the saturation point when it comes to retail. If we are going to grow and regain our prosperity, Spotsylvania County must move beyond being merely a bedroom community.
The average job in Spotsy pays $16.25/hour while the average wage for those living here is $65,000/year. It's no wonder that most of those who live here (myself included) commute out of the county. If we expand beyond retail we can bring in higher paying jobs which will mean less congestion for those of us who do commute out of the area. It will mean our children may be able to stay here when they finish school. It will mean we are less dependent on other jurisdictions for our prosperity.
For Retailers who are already here, expanding beyond retail means our Economic Development Authority will spend more time and effort bringing in customers for our retailers and less time bringing in competitors.
The county's assistance in bringing in the new hospital was a step in the right direction as was the recent expansion of technology zones. I want to extend the technology zones further. And we are not just talking about companies that produce technology but companies that use a great deal of it including defense contractors, health care goods producers and educational research.
Who am I?
I was born in St. Louis, Missouri before moving to Virginia in 1987 after graduating college. I went to Cornell College in Iowa for my undergraduate studies and received a BA in Politics and Economics. I continued on to graduate school at George Mason and received an MA in history and a Ph.D. in public policy.
I also taught public policy at American and George Mason Universities. I worked for the federal government for 22 years, half with the legislative branch and half with the executive branch as an economist. With the legislative branch I worked for Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wi) who was Chairman of the Surface Transportation Subcommittee. For three years I was with the Federal Highway Administration. These two jobs involved many of the same transportation issues we deal with here at the local level. Currently, I am with the Department of Defense.
I am married to Michele who is from Dover, Delaware where she attended the University of Delaware. She currently works for Genworth Financial in Richmond. We do not have any kids but are the proud owners of two dogs. I have been a church treasurer, a youth counselor, and care group leader at my church. I also run our neighborhood watch and have been active in my church all my life.
"I wasn't born here but as soon as I was old enough to choose where I would live I came here to Virginia."
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