The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors increased residential real estate taxes 100% (from $2400 to $4800) between 2000 and 2007. After the housing bubble, they kept taxes high. Now they're resuming the tax hikes - 4.8% ($238) this year and 8.7% ($450) next year. The primary cause of tax hikes is not the increase in county population or school enrollment; it is employee raises, health insurance, and pensions. For the past 14 years, the average annual raise for all school employees was 4.6 percent. Health insurance has zero-deductible in-network. Pensions allow retirement at 55 with 75 percent of salary. Annually there are about 30,000 applicants for 1,000 school job openings and 200,000 applicants for 1000 county-government job openings. And what does the taxpayer get in return? According to last year's ACT college admissions test, only 54 percent of Fairfax County Public School seniors were prepared for college. And poverty in the county increased 70 percent between 2000 and 2011.
Hundreds of advocates for higher taxes will testify at the Board of Supervisors budget hearings, April 8-10, greatly outnumbering advocates for lower taxes.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Please arrive early!)
Meet in front of the Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035