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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com January 26, 2011 at 8:02 am 1,624 46 Comments

Arlington Schools Operating on Normal Schedule — Arlington Public Schools are operating under a normal schedule this morning, despite a combination of rain, snow and slush that’s making travel a bit tricky for drivers. No word yet on whether students will be sent home early from school. Schools will close two hours early. Heavy snow is expected to start falling later this afternoon.

Homeless Count Scheduled for Today — Despite the inclement weather, volunteers are expected to head out to all corners of the county today to count the number of homeless individuals in Arlington. The count will be used to determine levels of federal and state aid, and to measure the effectiveness of the county’s homeless services. Among those participating in the count will be U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Ron Sims. [Sun Gazette]

Arlington Heights Debates Next Neighborhood Project — The Arlington Heights Civic Association is taking suggestions on how to spend the next round of possible Neighborhood Conservation funds. [Pike Wire]

  • Where is our girl

    Where is our girl Carol? I wonder if she is ready to talk about “closing down Arlington businesses?”

    • Newt

      Only if the are playing gangster rap you.

      • Newt

        “they”

  • KalashniKEV

    Counting Bums manually is so inefficient. They should consent to having a tracking beacon installed if they want free $$$.

    • mehoo

      You must be a Craig T. Nelson fan.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTwpBLzxe4U

      • KalashniKEV

        Well… he’s an actor, and apparently doesn’t have any other marketable job skills or else he wouldn’t have been on “Food Stamps and Welfare” so no, I don’t support him. I do agree with what I think he was saying on Bailouts and the Scamulus Package.
        To be an artist of some type, you must first have a trade under your belt… otherwise you’re lower than a street performer, who is at least working.

        • mehoo

          Right over your head.

  • ArlBlueSky

    Roads treated in Virgina, Maryland and DC….except for Arlington County! Shocker! Where exactly does my income, property and car tax money go?

    • KalashniKEV

      Have you been reading the blog long? Golden Parachutes for Losers, Dog Resorts, Bum Parties, lawsuits against Racist Roads, Trolley to the Ghetto, Sign/ Mural wars, Amnesty for Criminal Aliens… we’re lucky we have any money left over for required services.

      • DouroDouro

        Oh, wait… you forgot commenters who use every county board or government-related post to complain about how their tax dollars are being spent on (insert any topic here) and frequent North vs. South Arlington comments due to said commenters’ personal insecurities…

    • OX4

      Really? I walked Wilson Blvd in Rosslyn this morning at 7:30 and the roads were just fine.

      • KalashniKEV

        I did too and it was perfect. I guess the same isn’t true outside the corridor…

        • OX4

          Maybe 1/4″ of slush on the roads is unacceptable to some folks.

    • NorthAdams

      my street is snow emergency and it was NOT treated. But there is enough residue left over from last time that it is now clear.
      Arlington is a great place.

    • BoredHouseWife

      Wuss. I find it adventurous to slide uncontrollably down a hill.

    • mehoo

      By not treating the roads today – when the clearly don’t need treating – the government is saving your tax money instead of wasting it. Stop calling for the waste of my hard-earned tax money.

    • Westover

      Roads seemed well treated to me this morning; Patrick Henry Dr, Washington Blvd, 10th Street and Wilson Blvd. were all nice and safe. Going to be a long day of muck, so I will reassess on the way home.

  • Stanley

    Roads in N Arlington were treated. Not sure what you are talking about. And I know where my tax dollars go – to one of the best places to live in the area! How good is it do you ask? Both of my kids hoped that there would NOT be a snow day today because they WANTED to go to school. That’s how good the schools are here. That’s where your tax dollar goes.

    • LP

      +1

    • mehoo

      And the tax rates in Arlington are some of the lowest in Northern Virginia.

      • ArlBlueSky

        Car tax — if you own a hybrid (even hybrid SUV.)

        Sales tax NO!
        Prepared food tax NO!

        Property tax rate — yes, but that all depends on how they assess your house…

        • mehoo

          Overall, probably yes.

          Other NoVa jurisdictions have the car tax too. Some don’t have a local sales tax, but that’s small, as is the meals tax. I doubt the burden of those are higher than than difference in real estate property taxes for most people. And renters pay no real estate property tax.

          • ArlBlueSky

            http://www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/CommissionerOfRevenue/CommissionerOfRevenueVTTaxReliefAct.aspx

            In 2010, qualifying clean fuel vehicles will receive 100% tax relief on the first $3,000 of the vehicle’s assessed value and 80% on the portion of vehicle value between $3,000 and $20,000. The portion of a qualifying vehicle’s assessed value over $20,000 is not tax exempt. The County’s personal property tax rate is 5%.

            Qualifying conventional fuel vehicles—a category that generally includes non-hybrid vehicles—will also receive 100% tax relief on the first $3,000 of the vehicle’s assessed value. However, the portion of conventional fuel vehicle’s assessed value between $3,001 and $20,000 be exempt from 37% of the County’s 5% personal property tax rate. The portion of assessed value over $20,000 is fully taxed at the County’s 5% personal property tax rate.

          • mehoo

            Okay, but that doesn’t change what I said.

            There are several kinds of taxes on different things. Taxes and other expenses depend on your lifestyle and situation. Some people would have lower taxes and/or expenses living in a different jurisdiction (or state), some are best off in Arlington. Simply labeling taxes “high” or “low” is too simplistic.

          • lily

            Renters don’t pay property tax?

            Great, I’ll let my landlord know he can stop factoring them into my rent.

          • mehoo

            No, renters don’t pay property taxes.

            Obviously they pay indirectly, but everyone does that. That’s like saying you pay corporate taxes because part of the price of the stuff you buy at Target goes to Target’s corporate taxes. This conversation is about taxes paid, not the generic overall tax burden on society. Don’t play games.

      • Burger

        oh, please. This is absurd. most of Arlington County’s tax revenue is generated by the real estate property tax. As long as you can play around with the assessed value of the property which the County does every year, you can set the tax rate at what ever you want and still generate the necessary money to buy off every little enclave with 100K to spruce up their flowers.

        • mehoo

          Yes, and that’s true wherever you live.

  • notahoo

    I finally went swimming this AM at the W&L pool – it is a great facility – seems like that is where our tax dollars are going – to really amazing public facilities! Also – the roads in my gritty hood where fine.

    • ArlBlueSky

      The pool is great, and lots of our money did go to it.. but guess what, they still charge you to use it! Even for Arlington Residents!

      • notahoo

        Same deal as the Chinquapin pool in Alexandria. The DC pools are free according to co-workers – seems like a great deal – double the taxes, but the pools are free!

        • mehoo

          Taxes aren’t necessarily higher in DC, depending on your situation. I think property tax rates are low but income taxes are really high compared to Virginia’s. Not sure about their sales tax, etc.

          • notahoo

            Mehoo: I suppose you are techically correct, but the income tax rate is significantly higher in DC than in VA. Therefore, if you don’t work or own a home or other income producing assets, perhaps DC and VA have equal taxes?

        • metro

          The DC pools are free, but they’re also terrible.

    • Arlwhenever

      Fairfax County has better pools, with significantly more lanes available per capita and lower taxes.

      • FrenchyB

        Fairfax County’s property tax rate is considerably higher than Arlington’s.

        • Arlwhenever

          We pay taxes in dollars, not in rates.

          • mehoo

            Yes, and if you pay more despite a lower rate, it’s because your home is worth more. You’re wealthier. Are you complaining about that?

          • Arlwhenever

            Ok, mehoo, home is still worth less than it was five years back. With interest rates certain to rise in the future don’t expect to see much, if any appreciation going forward. Still waiting for that wealth effect that you support the County taxing to so it can spend more money than it needs to spend to provide less in the way of service than its more efficient neighbors.

      • Arlingtonian2

        +1 Arlwhenever!

        • Dan

          +2 Arlwhenever

    • Stanley

      +1

  • Westover

    I have lived in places with much higher taxes with only half the services. The Board does waste a lot on some really partisan social items, but the actual Arlington County workers really give us our money’s worth with what they do.

    • mehoo

      Yes, the critics like to focus on a few minor projects while ignoring the overall value.

      • Greg

        I don’t think this is the case. I think people are frustrated that we live in a County that is, compared with other places, doing quite well. But still manages to cut services to residents (libraries, parks, etc.) because it chooses to waste money on stupid items. The County needs just a little more self control, which, for some reason, it can’t seem to muster.

  • Arl-Lady

    WTOP is annoucing that Arl Co Public Schools are closing 2 hours early.

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