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In today's economic climate, both Washington and Richmond have slashed the funding given to localities. The board has diligently worked to put together a path forward that not only provides needed services but also is mindful of all its residents--including those who work outside the Beltway and are well below the median household income of $50,000.
This is what true representation is about.
It is very easy to say "let's raise taxes" to cover the delta. It is very hard to figure out ways to live within the revenues we have and not dig deeper into the pockets of residents.
While our county ranks among the wealthiest, not all of our neighbors are. There are those who are stretched to the limit; increasing taxes could make the difference in a mortgage payment being made, a utility remaining on, or even food on the table.
The Board of Supervisors understands this along with the fact that it is not their money they are budgeting--that money belongs to the taxpayer.
So thanks, supervisors. Thanks for standing for all of the residents of Stafford County and having the courage to develop a budget that, while not perfect, provides the needed services without adding even more burdens on our neighbors.