Greg Stone (a Loudoun County Republican Committee officer) stated that “you don’t raise tax rates in a recession, something you guys have already done”. The assessment database on the Loudoun County website shows that Mr. Stone paid over $600 LESS in property taxes in 2009 than he did in 2008.The "lower taxes" argument of Republicans is essentially absurd, because no Republican, especially in Mark Sell's LCRC, believes that there is a "good" tax level above zero. There appears to be a belief, divorced from reality, that you can have a high quality of life without paying for the roads, schools, public services and public safety infrastructure necessary to maintain that quality of life.
Jeff Morse of Chantilly spoke later in the session and remarked about “how outrageously high taxes are” in Loudoun. I looked up Mr. Morse’s home data, and yes Mr. Morse, like Mr. Stone, paid LESS in property taxes in 2009 than he did in 2008, a little over $500. - In Through The Out Door
Ultimately, we are today paying the price for the choices made by the Board of Supervisors from 2002 through 2007. Mark Sell's LCRC would have us go back to that era of fiscal mismanagement and overdevelopment. The current Board of Supervisors has steered a more responsible course, and is being excoriated for it.
I, for one, thank the Board of Supervisors for taking responsibility for Loudoun's problems, making hard choices, and doing the hard work of governing, rather than grandstanding hypocritically.