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New Budget Includes Tax Hike, Add’l Housing Funds

by ARLnow.com — April 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm 5,510 131 Comments

The Arlington County Board has passed a $1.052 billion budget that will cost the average homeowner an additional $13 per month, while providing additional funding for affordable housing, schools, maintenance and county employee raises.

The Board voted unanimously on Saturday to pass the budget with a 1.3 cent increase in the real estate tax rate for Financial Year 2013. The county tax rate will now be $0.971 for every $100 in assessed real estate value. The tax hike will be partially offset by a $32 decrease in trash and recycling fees, to $294 per year. Taking into account rising real estate assessments, the overall tax and fee burden for the average Arlington homeowner will increase by 2.4 percent, or about $155 per year, according to the county.

County Manager Barbara Donnellan had recommended the tax rate increase be limited to 0.5 cents in her $1.03 billion proposed budget.

The new budget includes a 5.1 percent increase in funding for Arlington Public Schools. The $405.1 million school budget transfer will assist the school system in addressing its current student capacity crisis, while a separate $1.9 million reserve fund, created via 0.3 cents of the 1.3 cent tax hike, will help pay for a possible state mandate of additional contributions to the Virginia Retirement System.

Among other spending priorities the new budget addresses, the county’s housing programs will see significant funding increases. The Board added $2.8 million in one-time finding to the County Manager’s proposed $6.7 million contribution to the county’s Affordable Housing Investment Fund. In addition to $9.5 million for the affordable housing fund, the Board added $2.2 million to the county’s Housing Grants Program. The program, which provides rent subsidies for older adults, people with disabilities and working families with children, will now receive $8.6 million in funding in FY 2013.

County employees will get raises as a result of the new adopted budget. The budget includes $3.9 million for employee merit step increases and a new, higher top salary step. On average, county employees will get a 2.8 percent raise — with the goal of “keeping County salaries competitive with surrounding jurisdictions,” according to a press release. County Board members themselves will have their pay raised by 2.3 percent.

The budget adds $4.7 million in funding for maintenance of county facilities and infrastructure, $2.8 million of which is new ongoing funding. The money will address what’s being described as a backlog of maintenance and repairs that has “built up over the years.”

“We are fortunate here in Arlington that our financial foundation is strong, even as others across the nation cope with continued economic uncertainty,” County Board Chair Mary Hynes said in a statement. “The FY2013 Budget builds on the Board’s direction to the Manager to pay particular attention to three critical areas of County need: affordable housing, compensation, capital maintenance. With this Budget, we have taken significant steps forward in each of these areas, and we intend to continue making progress in these areas with each subsequent budget.”

Other budget items of note include $442,996 to restore branch library operating hours to pre-recession levels and $60,000 to add extra policing to the Clarendon business district. The Board also added funding to a number of nonprofit community groups, including the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs (AMEN), the Arlington Free Clinic, the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN), and BU-GATA tenants association.

  • GymmyRay

    Arlington teachers will go into their fifth year without a COLA.
    How can that be competitive when Fairfax teachers will get 3% and a step? Very shortsighted APS!

    • Resident and teacher

      Agreed! Our classes are getting fuller, workload bigger, but my tax increase outpaces my salary increase again!!!

      • Lucky

        I thought the board voted for the COLA.
        It’s the step increase that was left out wasn’t it?

    • Just Me

      Did you read the article?

      County employees will get raises as a result of the new adopted budget. The budget includes $3.9 million for employee merit step increases and a new, higher top salary step. On average, county employees will get a 2.8 percent raise — with the goal of “keeping County salaries competitive with surrounding jurisdictions,” according to a press release.

      • Elmer

        “Just Me”: Wow. Don’t you know the school board and not the county board sets the salaries of the school employees?
        The raise the county board gives its employees is irrelevant to what the school board gives its employees.

      • SIC

        APS employees are not county employees in budgetary terms. They work directly for APS, and pay matters are handled directly by the school board. The “raises” mentioned are for county employees, not APS employees.

    • Wayne Kubicki

      What’s been the comparison between Arlington and Fairfax schools over the past 5 years on COLA and step?

      Is there any evidence you can offer that shows that Arlington is having any trouble attracting/retaining qualified teachers?

    • Lucky

      I thought the board voted for the COLA.
      It’s the step increase that was left out wasn’t it?

  • blueflipflops

    maybe if they’d make some concessions in social programs they could fund your raises. you’re probably voting for those same social programs, though.

    • drax

      One does not vote for social programs in Virginia, only candidates, so that’s a mindless response.

    • .T-G.E.O.A

      Residents only get to vote on the CB and bond issues

    • Resident and teacher

      Teachers don’t always vote for higher taxes and socialist programs. Balance is great, but neither school board nor county board has balance. I have never voted for a winner in the arlington elections…

      • Josh S

        Wait, you’re a teacher and you’re referring to Arlington government programs as “socialist?”

        Yikes.

        • hmm

          Perhaps that explains all the young Ayn Rand acolytes we seem to get around here.

          • Tabs

            ha!

      • KalashniKEV

        FACT: Most teachers are Democrats.

        • Josh S

          I’d be more comfortable saying most teachers are liberal, but OK.

        • well

          Well they are better educated than most so that makes sense

          • some gump

            Got something to back that up?

          • drax

            God help us if they aren’t.

          • Mr. Brown

            I wouldn’t call an MA in Education “better educated than most.” I think I would call it “more indoctrinated than most.”

          • tin foil hat

            yes education is indoctrination!!!!

          • Autoexec.bat

            That has not been my experience thus far in life.

  • Elmer

    “County board members themselves will have their pay raised by 2.3 %.”
    Curious wordsmithing. Makes it sound like they were simply bystanders in their decision to increase their own pay while similtaneously raising our taxes.

    • Josh S

      I don’t see why they would have made the special effort to carve out a new category of employee – county board member – and then declare that only that category was not included in the 2.3% raise.

      Especially since it has been so long since they got a raise and the pay is still remarkably low considering their responsibilities.

      • South Awwwlington

        in Arlington, it’s “supposed” to be a part-time job. The fact that they have morphed into into a full-time job is no one’s fault but their own.

      • Elmer

        Nope, Would not be seemly for the board members to work themselves into a sweat trying to exempt themselves from a pay raise.

      • DCBuff

        It has “been so long” since their last raise? Just how long would that be?

  • Andy

    It’s so easy to spend other people’s money.

    • TCE

      … I know what you mean… I just hate it when coporations raise the price of their product just to give the CEO a bigger bonus…

      • novasteve

        So don’t patronize that company. Unless you are a shareholder, it’s none of your b usiness how they run themselves. They aren’t elected by the public. It’s easier to not patronize a company than it is to move away from an area controlled by tax loving, wealth redistributing socialists.

        • John Fontain

          Advantage – novasteve

        • TCE

          … sure, keep dreaming that private sector companies aren’t in bed with one another on price fixing… and since they all do it you have no choice. And I suppose in your book it easier to starve than buy food that’s been cut in size and increased in price. Please show me what choices I have in buying gas when they are all priced the same and prices increased for no reason other than pure greed. I could go on if you like… corporations are as bad in my book as governments are in yours.

          • Autoexec.bat

            Car-free diet.

          • Patrick

            Those are some pretty serious allegations. If you have any evidence of price fixing you should sumit that to the DOJ b/c it is illegal. As for your gas prices example that just proves you have no idea how the oil market functions.

    • KalashniKEV

      Fisette wanted to own a Gallery… just wait until we get a sportsfan on the County Board. We will be losing $,$$$,$$$ twice as fast as Artisphere.

  • susan

    Every one of the County Board’s pet interests was funded, no matter how wealthy, and there is no means testing for anything except possibly for some tax relief for poor seniors who can barely afford to pay their taxes and keep their homes. Time to means test every non-profit that comes before the County Board seeking a gimme.

    • Josh S

      Such a bizarre way of putting it – every one of the County Board’s “pet interests.”
      When Congress approved military action in Iraq, even though I vehemently opposed it, I never considered it a “pet interest” of Congress. Regrettably, it represented the majority of Americans’ wishes at the time. If everyone had just dismissed Congress’ vote as a “pet interest”, I wonder if the motivation would have been there to create and maintain an opposition, working to change opinion, expose weaknesses in the arguments in favor of war in Iraq
      You talk as if the board is just a bunch of society ladies luncheon types, deciding how to donate their bake sale proceeds.

      • Josh S

        I can’t tell if it is my computer acting weird or this site. My post above was posted before I was finished writing it.

        I was saying that going around with the attitude that things that politicians do are just “pet interests” seems rather counter-productive to having a functioning democratic system. It’s rather fatalistic, isn’t it?

        Ultimately, everything they do is on the backs of the voters. I will admit that there are definitely forces that work diligently to decieve, misdirect, lie to, and confuse the voters. At any given time, on any given issue, there are probably at least 30-40 percent of voters who are simply too uneducated on a particular issue to be able to accurately state their stance on it. Plenty of politicians are all too happy to take advantage of that.

        • drax

          And all 30-40 percent post here regularly.

  • novasteve

    Reminder, the wway the liberal mind works is that they will bring in more voters than they alienate with the tax and handout of the tax proceeds. They buy votes with other people’s money.

    • drax

      How do you know how the liberal mind works, steve? You read minds?

      • shiela734

        Uh, all you have to do is listen to liberal politicians while they campaign. They are never shy about explaining their philosophies.

        Heard of the internet, or cable TV?

    • KalashniKEV

      Yes, but there is a tipping point. You can’t attract enough freeloaders to spread around the money they don’t make. Eventually there will be a backlash. The more extreme the current regime’s behavior, the farther the pendulum will swing in the other direction. (i.e. How Obama got elected.)

      • Josh S

        I can’t wait for the 2030 reunion of ARLNow commenters to see how this prediction works out…..

        • KalashniKEV

          You may not have to wait that long- the Cooch is going to clean the whole state up really soon.

          • drax

            He’s gonna cut the state budget by 66%? LOL.

          • KalashniKEV

            I would, he’s not though.

            He IS definitely coming with a roundhouse-kick-to-the-face of all the Dems though! AND he’s going to chase the rats back to DC!

          • Not your bro

            “AND he’s going to chase the rats back to DC!”

            Who are these “rats” of which you speak?

            Did you mean people whose skin is of a different hue than yours?

  • BreakPause02

    County keeps building more affordable housing near Metro, yet, the metro is expensive and becoming even more expensive with the next round of fare hikes.

    Will the county subsidize these persons metro ride as well?

    • Josh S

      I think the point is that it is still cheaper than operating a car for your every transportation need.

      • novasteve

        Why do I have to subsidize this? So someone who can’t afford to live here gets to live in nicer, newer and closer to metro stops, and I get left with the bill? How spendid.

        • KalashniKEV

          “Why do I have to subsidize this? So someone who can’t afford to live here gets to live in nicer, newer and closer to metro stops, and I get left with the bill?”

          Why yes, doesn’t that help you cope with all the Guilt over your personal success in life? (it does for the majority of Arlington residents)

          At Christmas they can put on an event so you can pet them on the head and they will say, “Thank You.” You will feel great, and your self loathing will disappear for 48 hours!

          • drax

            So now there are two mind-readers, both telling each other what other people think and feel.

          • Really?

            Well, Mind-readers have to have something to do after that GSA convention.

      • ronfrom22207

        It may be cheap, but it only gets you to about 1% of the region’s destinations. If you need to go somewhere there is not a Metro train station, you can bus it (maybe adds another 5% of potential destinations) or cab it for the final leg.

        Then it becomes even more expensive. Plus your opportunity costs of having to wait for buses or cabs to go and come back. Metro is incredibly inefficient as a transportation option unless you can walk to a Metro station from both ends of your trip. It really limits your life.

        • Josh S

          I guess it does if you think it does. Others are able to make it work.
          It’s funny how much of reality seems to come from inside your head……

          • ronfrom22207

            “Make it work” is exactly my point. You have to compromise.

            But that seems to be OK with you, so don’t let me stop you…

          • Josh S

            I drive every day.

            “Make it work” is a figure of speech.

            Some people are able to make driving every day work.

            Living requires compromise.

            And by “your head” I meant not yours specifically but the third person use of the word “you.”

          • drax

            Compromise? Dear God! That’s downright un-American! You should have everything you want on a silver platter!

          • ronfrom22207

            You sound bitter.

          • drax

            Sorry, I’m still upset about losing the Roommate of the Year contest.

          • http://purple.com/purple.html Captain Pup McPuppo

            (sarcasm wasted on ronfrom)

        • drax

          Well, yeah, it only gets you to 1% of the destinations – but who the hell goes to every destination all the time?

          Metro gets me to work, and it gets me to shops and restaurants on the way to and from work (which are, naturally, located near Metro stops). So why should I give a damn about the other 99%? When I need them, I take my car, or bike, or ZipCar, or cab or whatever.

          Yes, Metro is not for everyone. Again, so what? The more people we can put near walking distance of Metro, the more it is a good option for more people alot of the time. And that’s better for everyone.

          • Al Gore

            Spoken like a true 1 percenter!

            “So why should I give a damn about the other 99%?”

    • Elmer

      To those who thought they getting fresh voice on the county board by supporting Lib Garvey:
      She was sworn into office on March 28th. At her first county board meeting on April 21st, she votes herself a pay raise.
      Same old, same old.

      • novasteve

        How could you vote for the (D) and expect anything different? I really doubt anyone was expecting anything different from her. They wanted things to remain the same, hence why they put another liberal on the board.

        • KalashniKEV

          This. ^

      • drax

        So what?

        Did the board deserve a raise, or not? That’s the only relevant question.

        • Elmer

          Does the county board deserve a pay raise? Let’s try efficiency as the standard for their board pay raise, i.e., doing more with less. When was last time this board provided more services while lowering the county revenue?

          • drax

            So answer the question.

          • Elmer

            No. Its your serve. You’re the one defending the board’s self serving pay raise.

      • drax

        No, she voted for a $1 billion budget that contained a few thousand dollars in a pay raise.

        • Elmer

          Yep, a few thousand here and a few thousand there, pretty soon we’re talking about real money.
          Your response reminds me of the standard defense when discussion of trimming or eleminating some pet project comes up:

          “Its less than 1% of the budget.”
          1% of a billion dollar+ budget is 10,000,000 dollars folks.

          • drax

            No, it doesn’t remind you of that, because that’s not what I said.

            My point was that you can’t call a vote for an entire budget “a vote for a pay raise.” She could oppose the pay raise, or anything else in the budget, but still support the whole thing in balance.

          • Elmer

            Obviously, you did not watch the video of that April 21st meeting. If she disagreed with the board giving themselves a pay raise, she had plenty of opportunity to speak up.
            Instead, she silently went along with them and gave herself a pay raise.

  • South Awwwlington

    I love WTOP…Guess who’s paying more taxes and giving staff a raise…ARLINGTON. Why not a headline like Arlington Continues to pump money into non-essential programs while roads crumble and staff starve?

    • Josh S

      Errr, journalistic integrity?

      • South Awwwlington

        Errr, are you suggesting we should begrudge county employees a raise yet again (4 years+) while dumping money into the housing slush funds?

        While the roads in Arlington are as deplorable, if not worse than those in the District? (Which by the way sounds like it might get addresses by Capital Maintenance.

        You think the most overriding, most significant thing to come out of Saturday’s meeting is giving County employees a raise?

        What do you think are the most important items to come out of Saturday’s meeting? Curious minds want to know.

        • Josh S

          Now I regret replying in the first place.

          I have no idea what you’re talking about or where you’re coming from.

          So just disregard my initial response….

          • South Awwwlington

            Come on now, your response to my post was “Errr, journalistic integrity?” Implying the raises were headline/biggest ticket item or outcome of Saturday’s meeting.

            I disagree with that statement.

            We all know what a political hot potato raising taxes can be. I question WTOP’s flippancy with words when many other programs contributed to the 1B+ County budget. Why only mention County staff raises? Why not mention the Capital Improvements Program? Pumping the housing fund due to loss of federal funding?

            Words are like weapons and when you freewheel with them, sometimes you do more harm than good. In plain speak, County Taxes Up, County staff gets raise. How do you think this will be interpreted by those who don’t pay attention to the details?

          • Josh S

            How bout them Nats!?!

          • 25+ yrs in Arlington

            So long as the “Nats” have a ‘dubya’ on their uniforms, they’ll never be winners!

            Remember the “Caps” also started last season with a long winning streak only to ‘choke’ once again … in large part due to the “NOT-so-great 8″ – including getting put on his butt & having the puck taken away from him prior to the NY Rangers winning goal in game 7 this year. :-))

            As one who suffered with the Mets fm ’62 until their World Series Championship in ’69 … it’s lots of fun watching DC teams continue to provide “Visiting” teams the chance to succeed ‘on the road’!

          • Patrick

            Exactly as it should be interpreted. Arlington is run by tax and spend liberals who have no problem taking from others to give to themselves.

          • DCBuff

            Yup. Pretty Much.

  • JimPB

    The median increase in income in ArlCo was ????

    • Elmer

      Well, If you’re a county board member, it will be 2.3%

    • Lou

      Trick question. It dropped.

    • drax

      Income isn’t taxed by the County. Property value is.

      • Elmer

        Got a surprise for you: Its income that pays the property tax.
        Property tax went up, income did not-unless you are on the county board of course.

        • some gump

          Elitist government activity. Income in the county drops, so tax the people more and give yourselves a raise. Because you can.

        • drax

          Yes, I know. That was my point, Elmer.

        • Dr. Freud

          You have got to be kidding. It will go up next year, by 2.3%, for the first time in X years, to a whopping grand total of approx $50K.

          Meanwhile, the median household income in ARlington is well north of $100K a year. Even if median income in Arl Co did not increase in 2012, I hardly think that means that all of a sudden the properly tax burden has become untenable for most people in Arlington.

          And, and, furthermore – since when does any jurisdiction anywhere tie property tax rates to AMI changes?

          • Tobe

            According to the County’s 2012 Profile publication, median household income is estimated to have dropped to $99,600.

        • 25+ yrs in Arlington

          Simple ‘math’ for anyone ‘complaining’ about Arlington Real Estate taxes shows that:

          $13 per month x 12 months = a whole $156/year increase (gasp!) … or just 42.7 cents per day … & that doesn’t count any Federal or State income tax REDUCTIONS if one itemizes that property tax paid!

          I’d say that’s a pretty good bargain considering that home market values in Arlington have continued to increase far more than $156 per year while the area continues to have the LOWEST unemployment rate in the state!

          Then again … I too often forget that “FACTS are stubborn things” (ref: John Adams, 2nd President of the USA) for some folks.

      • JimPB

        Proposal: The ARLCo property tax revenue should not increase more than the median income of ARLCo. residents.

        • drax

          Well, now you’re getting to the heart of the matter – what to tax.

  • KalashniKEV

    I would like to propose an alternative budget:

    1) Lower taxes.
    2) Pay freeze for all Gov Employees.
    3) NO funds for “Affordable Housing.”

    • drax

      Okay, you just shaved like 1 percent out of the budget, allowing a tiny tax cut. What else?

      • KalashniKEV

        OMgoodness… 1% you say?

        I would cut taxes by 66% (no joke) by getting the government’s nose out of business where it doesn’t belong and eliminating fraud, waste, and abuse within the legit functions of government.

      • Elmer

        Well, 1% of the county budget is 10,000,000 dollars. I know, that’s chump change to a Dem. Not worth the effort. In fact, let’s vote ourselves a pay raise-it’s only pennies and after all, its someone else’s money.

        • KalashniKEV

          All of our really smart, highly educated, neighbors seem to agree with this, as evidenced by the fact that they unfailingly vote “D” every time.

          I think this could give way rather suddenly though as corruption reaches an intolerable level.

      • MC

        Drax, you read to read the budget ( not easy to read). Arlington spends around $50 million on affordable housing (that’s 5%), and it is the fastest growing category of spending.

    • Dyan Smith

      I like the way you think.

  • Ken

    Yes, means test the non profits. Start immediately. Every gimme that comes to the CB for approval. Start with Fisette’s upscale cronies, beginning with the Signature-Synetic. I am tired of paying so wealthy people can play.

    • drax

      Only wealthy people go to the theatre?

      Oh, wait, only wealthy people could go to the theatre if it weren’t subsidized.

      • KalashniKEV

        If people were going to the theater, someone would open one and make money… instead they steal my money and the seats go empty. It’s good livin’ for the cronies though- they are the beneficiaries of this corruption.

        • drax

          My point, which went over your head, was that theatre subsidies aren’t just for rich people, as Ken implied. It’s the opposite. I wasn’t endorsing them, just pointing out Ken’s faulty logic.

          • KalashniKEV

            My point is that theater subsidies are for theater fans. Art subsidies are for Art fans. When we have a sports fan, we can buy a team and lose money on that nonsense too.

            There is a system that prevents this corruption though- it’s called “the free market.”

            (Don’t get too excited, Dems… it’s not a “FREE” market… as in the other guy foots the bill!)

          • Mark

            All non-profits should be means-tested. $ignature-$ynetic is run by and for people who are filthy rich and do not need a dime from taxpayers.

  • nom de guerre

    I just learned that Sam’s Corner is going to offer a discount this week to Arlington taxpayers impacted by the tax increase. Unfortunately, this only applies to real property owners. Today’s special is the Vegetarian Savory Sandwich-Marinated Portobello mushroom and grilled eggplant topped with roasted bell peppers, balsamic caramelized onions, an herbed feta & goat cheese blend and house made pesto on toasted rosemary olive bread.

  • http://kellyforarlington.com Lukas

    “We are fortunate here in Arlington that our financial foundation is strong” So then why the tax hike? Note that in the past decade, real estate taxes have doubled while inflation only increased by 24%.

    http://kellyforarlington.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Budget-and-Tax-Plan-page-11.pdf

    • drax

      Are tax rates in Arlington higher than average, or lower?

    • Josh S

      After you’re done with drax, I have another question: why have real estate tax collections increased so much in the last ten years? And a related question – how has the tax rate changed over those ten years?

      • MarceyRd

        What figures are you using for the 10 year ago snapshot of tax collections? Are you using numbers that just reflect property taxes?

        • Josh S

          Um, what?

          Yes, property taxes.

          • MarceyRd

            Where are you finding the figures for real estate collections from 10 years ago? I am interested in the comparison.

  • Juanita de Talmas

    You know, the antithesis of liberal, Democratically-dominated Arlington exists just down the road in conservative, Republican-dominated Loudoun. If you hate it so much here, pick up and move a few miles away and then you’ll be in hog heaven.

    • Elmer

      So you’re the one with that new Dem bumper sticker:
      “Its Our County, Love It Or Leave”

  • Bob N.

    Tax increase? Only what you deserve. Pack the County Board Room like the taxi drivers, backyard chicken farmers, and synthetic field soccer parents do and the County Board will listen.

  • Clarendonish

    It’s interesting for me to see how the two counties in Virginia that I have property interests (Arlington and York) deal with their financial issues. They are pretty opposite in party and philosophy (not sure if York has any elected Dems). For example, York has decided to make the curbside recycling a fee for service proposition and all my neighbors down there have said they intend to stop recycling.

    http://www.yorkcounty.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=7010

    York generally keeps the property rate pretty low (< .7 per $100), but seems to have more fees for everything.

    On chickens, I watched a York County board meeting where people turned out to oppose the proposed ban on chickens in certain denser areas of the county. They viewed it as an issue of property rights and constitutional freedoms.

    • sunflower

      will york be able to meet the va mandate of 25% recycled with this new plan?

      • Clarendonish

        No idea. How do they measure that ? Tonnage of trash v. recycle ? They will still maintain the drop-off recycle and maybe the county offices there will recycle plus whoever is willing to pay the curb fee. I imagine if not enough people pay for curb service the efficiency of picking up at curb will go down for those that do it.

        All I know is the neighbors around my property all said they intend to stop recycle.

  • Dyan Smith

    As long as voters keep putting Dems on the board instead of voting for a more deverse county board they can’t complain about the tax increases.

    I haven’t voted for any of the past or current board members and am sick of how unbalanced our spending is.

    Maybe this increase will give folks a reason to think twice about having a one sided board with no accountability.

    • Loudoun County Resident

      As long as voters keep putting Repugs on the board instead of voting for a more diverse county board they can’t complain about the spending priorities.

      I haven’t voted for any of the past or current board members and am sick of how unbalanced our spending is.

      Maybe this decrease in infrastructure expenditures will give folks a reason to think twice about having a one sided board with no accountability.

  • courthouse diva

    Higher taxes means more speed humps, more hubs that stick out into the street, and more intersections like Harrison and Williamsburg that has 11 stops lights.

    • 25+ yrs in Arlington

      If you want to speed “courthouse diva”, I’d suggest you consider moving out of an urban area!

  • MC

    “Chairman Mary Hynes noted that the county has increased its budget for affordable housing by 75 percent over the past five years and intends to continue to do so.” according to the Washington Post. But despite spending more, the “problem” gets “worse” and Zimmerman complains of too little spending. Isn’t this the a textbook case of a flawed policy that will fail no matter how much money is spent? Arlington can’t lower DC area housing prices, it’s dumb to think otherwise.

  • MC

    There are so many separate programs it can be hard to keep tabs on them all. The County Board adopted a budget $5 million more for affordable housing than was recommended by the County Manager. “…[t]he board actually increased its support for housing assistance in the coming fiscal year by $2.8 million (added to the county manager’s proposal of $6.7 million for AHIF) and $2.2 million more in one-time funding to a rental subsidy program for older adults, people with disabilities and working families with children.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-state-of-nova/post/what-a-county-budget-really-means/2012/04/22/gIQA2PnKaT_blog.html

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