Local property owners, burdened under what many consider to be outrageously increased real estate assessments at a time of economic depression ... at a time when hundreds of jobs have been lost in our area ... are preparing to voice their objections at the Board of Supervisors meeting on March 11 at 7 pm at the Government Center in Verona.
Call it an Augusta County Tea Party. (Read an eye witness account from one of the Sons of Liberty who participated in the 1773 Boston Tea Party.)
Thursday saw a shot across the bow as CNBC business reporter Rick Santelli stood on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade and told viewers in an animated voice, "I'll tell you what, if you read our Founding Fathers, people like Benjamin Franklin and Jefferson, what we're doing in this country now is making them roll over in their graves." He went on to say he was going to lead a Chicago Tea Party.
DJ McGuire at the Right-Wing Liberal has a solution to the Augusta County tax situation:
The best solution for the county is to admit to the mistake, start the assessment from scratch, take its lumps (which in this case would be only $40,000 in lost alcohol revenue from Richmond), and move to an annual or a biennial assessment cycle from here on out. Otherwise, several property owners in Augusta will be stuck with an already outdated assessment until early 2013. It would be comical if it wasn’t so tragic.Is anyone listening to the little guy? Are government officials so caught up in their bubble that they have lost touch with their constituents ... their employers?
Board of Supervisors meeting ... March 11 at 7 pm ... Government Center in Verona. Spread the word and come out to send a message to our supervisors.
The Augusta Tea Party. See you there!