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Stafford super-size sprawl on the way! By George Schwartz
The Falmouth intersection has state funding, but other roads also need upgrades.
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STAFFORD County Supervisor Cord Sterling ["Stafford County poised to prosper," July 18] describes a Stafford County with a "perfect" school system, "perfect" tax system, and an imperfect road system about to become "perfect."
Let me tell you a few of the things he did not mention.
Our Republican-led Board of Supervisors is micro-managing the Stafford County School Board. Funding was dedicated to the Stafford County Public School instructional budget line because the BOS doesn't trust the School Board to manage its total budget. In addition, funding--despite Mr. Sterling's words--was reduced for fiscal year 2011. The pay raise for school personnel was initiated by the Democratic/Independent BOS members in December 2009, despite Republican arguments against the appropriation.
Mr. Sterling says that the Business, Professional, and Occupational License tax would have disproportionately burdened small businesses.
I am a strong proponent of economic development for Stafford and a known advocate of the Strategic Redevelopment Plan for Boswell's Corner, Courthouse, Falmouth Historic District, and Southern Gateway (U.S. 17). But organized hysteria concerning BPOL blurred the truth. A business with
It's clear that Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania are growth machines when it comes to new retail (Eagle Village in Fredericksburg and the Village at Spotsylvania Towne Centre). But Stafford County continues to lag behind.