Dear Council Members,
I am writing to you to express my grave concern about the proposed real estate tax rate increase of 4¢, as well as to request an independent assessment of a capital improvement project.
My home’s assessment increased by 9% this year. That together with the proposed 4¢ increase in the tax rate means an effective 12.3% tax increase for me and my immediate neighbors in Gresham Place. That level of tax increase is simply unjustifiable given an overall inflation rate of 1.6%. Whether of working age or retired, I know of no one who has received a salary or pension increase approaching anywhere near 12%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) return for 2014 was only 7.52%. Thus the proposed property tax increase on my home exceeds the DJIA increase by 40%.
A continuing increase in both assessments and tax rates is unsustainable. Some may argue that we are [...]
Council Members Duncan and Sze: Transparently Un-Transparent
Sze’s Failed Attempts to Coerce Library Board to Move Beloved Facility to Mason Row
Duncan Revealed Again as a Cheerleader for Razing Landmark Buildings
Councilman Snyder: Support with Usual Tenacious Hold on Plausible Deniability
By Ira Kaylin
Kaylin is a Former Member of the Falls Church City Council
Sam Mabry Contributed to the Article
Mabry is a Former Vice Mayor of the City of Falls Church
Editorial Note: Following a story telling technique let’s start with the ending and explain the events leading to the apparent conclusion. It is an important sarticle because it sheds light on the behind the scenes decision making of some of the Council members–revealed as a result of Freedom of Information request filings by Kaylin and Mabry–on issues that should have been made public.
To Move or [...]
The power point presentation from the September 26th meeting of the GMHS/MEHMS Steering Committee
meeting is available on the City’s website, www.fallschurchva.gov/CampusJointSteeringCommittee.
The Architecture Firm RTKL provided a Site Capacity Study of the campus.
The City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks Department is sponsoring the 22nd Annual Farm Day on Saturday, October 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Avenue).
Enjoy old-fashioned fun for the whole family, including: horse-drawn hayrides, pumpkin painting, blacksmithing, cider pressing from locally grown apples, pony rides and much more. Enjoy live music from Andrew Acosta and The New Old-Time String Band. Participants who bring their own pair of pants and a long-sleeved shirt will be able to craft a scarecrow.
Free tours of the 1845 Cherry Hill Farmhouse will be offered throughout the day.
Admission is free, however nominal fees apply to some activities.
For more information about Farm Day, please visitwww.FallsChurchVA.gov/farmday or call 703-248-5171 (TTY 711).