The York County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday evening, April 3rd, 6:00pm, York Hall in Historic Yorktown. The board is expected to consider and pass an 8+% increase in our property taxes for budget year 2013. We encourage all to attend the meeting and make your supervisors aware of what you expect from them.
Below is one citizens view of the process.
The York County Citizens Forum
Dear York County Board of Supervisors,
It is difficult for me to find the words to express my total disappointment in you as a Board of Supervisors, as we approach the Tuesday budget vote. You are willing to raise taxes and have citizens pay more….again!
You all display an (R) after your name. You attend Lincoln Day dinners with gusto. You applaud loudly when somebody talks about fiscal responsibility. Yet the net result is that you ignore or violate every Republican principle. You talk the talk yet you refuse to walk the walk.
Moderate to liberal Newport News and Hampton have shown more guts and demonstrated more “conservative republican principles” than you have.
Newport News is not raising their tax rate. They have made the decisions, raised some user fees and actually will pass on a LOWER property tax bill to the citizens due to lower property assessments. That’s right. Property taxes in Newport News are going down. Maybe you should call them before your Tuesday vote and ask them what they eat for breakfast.
Hampton has been innovative and creative. They are employing Republican Principle #1. They are looking for ways to use the free enterprise system to accomplish some city functions cheaper. They acknowledge it may cost some city jobs if in fact a contractor can do something like sweep the streets for less money. Hampton is willing to support another republican principle…smaller government. The York County BOS Chairman (a Republican) has publically stated that he doesn’t want to pursue a public-private partnership at the Sports Complex! Do you just not understand what to do or are you unwilling to do it?
What’s wrong? Why are you willing to sit on your hands, raise taxes PLUS user fees, and not take advantage of ways to economize through consolidation, but rather let the bloated county government continue? I recently looked over some of the literature several of you used in the last election. Maybe you should go back and read it. Or at least cross out any references to fiscal responsibility and Republican principles in case you ever use them again.
At the recent YCRC mass meeting yet another candidate for Lt Governor spoke decisively about taking back our country and getting things on a fiscally conservative sustainable track. He knows the “fix” starts at the city/county level. Unfortunately he didn’t know he was wasting his time in York County.
You need to seize the opportunity to get our county government on the right track. The easy way out is to pass along a tax increase. I sum up my disappointment by asking “why did any of you run for office as Republicans and what do you really stand for”?
Jim Haas, MBA
Certified Financial Planner
712 Mobjack Place
Newport News, VA 23606
Please distribute my letter and make sure you use my name for credibility. Nothing worse than anonymous criticism.
Forwarded by the York County Citizen’s Forum
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
This week the School Board is meeting [in work sessions] and they hold the fate of Tabb’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) Cadet program in their hands.
The Secretary of the Navy approved and offered York County School Division (YCSD) the chance to add the Naval National Defense Cadet Corp (Navy –NDCC).
The YCSD was presented a budget based on the last few years and the School Board would not see costs above what they have supported in prior years. The NJROTC Commander would be willing to take at least a ten percent pay cut. If the claim is increased costs, that is not true. They can stay within budget.
So, when the YCSD Board offers a second elective for Freshmen, the NJROTC cadets would be able to apply for NJROTC again, and be reinstated.
Please let the School Board know what you think.
Bill Townsley, Col, USAF (Ret)
Yorktown, VA 23693
The York County Citizens Forum neither indorses nor refutes citizen positions, only encourages civil citizen involvement and debate.
Forwarded with Col Townsley’s permission.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
My name is David Ware, I live off Lakeside Drive. I have been following your budget deliberations in the Virginia Gazette and see you want to raise the tax rates rather than reduce expenditures like we will have to do in order to pay the additional money you will extort from us.
For me, it is so disappointing to see government at all levels play the budget game:
1. An unelected, high paid bureaucrat proposes a tax increase.
2. The governing body balks at such a drastic increase and demands the unelected high paid bureaucrat cut expenses.
3. Cuts, as always, are made at the expense of teachers, fire, police, trash pick up, sewer maintenance, the areas that actually do have some positive impact, never cuts are made to administration, legal, codes, the people that make sure yard sale signs are not on highway rights-of-way, the people who respond to anonymous snitching by acrimonious neighbors about too many cars in the driveways and other violations that cause us so much pain.
4. The special interests related to said "cuts" promote their cause with pronouncements that the sky will fall in, houses will burn to the ground, children will be uneducated and so on.
5. After hours of "hard work," "tough decisions" are made and a compromise is reached.
6. A public hearing is held where the special interests come to compliment the BOS on their "hard work" and congratulate them on being so "reasonable." Some may show up and fuss about the spending, others are unable to attend.
7. Depending on the public hearing, the unelected bureaucrat may be directed to cut a little more off the budget.
Your process is now at points six and seven. After some forty years of watching this game being played, I have some observations:
1. The people charged with cutting budgets are the ones that need to be cut.
2. The elected rulers, such as yourselves, never have any suggestions as to how we, the taxpayers, are supposed to come up with the extra money you are about to take from us, by force.
3. It is more rare than a four leaf clover to find an elected representative willing to provide any kind of leadership in restraining the growth of government.
Many years ago when I was in school, the definition of socialism was when everyone has their snout in the public trough. I hope that at least some of you would do something to halt the Juggernaut.
Forwarded with permission from David Ware.
York County Citizens Forum
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Meet Candidate Mary Leedom
Drop by and talk with her about why she is running!
Join her for a meet and greet
March the 20th from 6 PM to 9PM.
Please stop by for horderves, pizza, and soda!
5742 George Washington Memorial Highway
Grafton Shopping Center
Vote for Mary Leedom
Chairperson of the York County Republican Committee
Applications for the mass meeting will be available; we will be collecting completed applications.
For information about the mass meeting
Or to down load the application visit:
Forwarded at candidate’s request
York County Citizens Forum
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Subject: HISTORIC TRIANGLE COLLABORATIVE
From: York County Citizens Forum (YCCF)
United Nations Agenda 21 (UN A21) is alive and well in our area. Local Regional Planning Meetings are being held as we speak. If passed, these plans will solidify A21’s hold on the Historic Triangle and the liberties we enjoy as Americans will soon disappear. (See below for more info about Agenda 21 and the planning meetings)
In response to this assault, Concerned Citizens of the Historic Triangle will hold its first meeting Thursday, March 15 7-8:45 p.m. Tabb Library Meeting Room,100 Long Green Blvd. The purpose of this meeting is to become informed about these regional plans and learn what we can do to defend our Constitutional liberties.
Mary Leedom, candidate for York County Republican Committee Chairperson, and Sue Sadler of James City County have been on the front lines of this battle locally and will be our presenters.
Do spread the word and come. We need many to voice their concerns or this “regional plan” will quickly become a set of costly, intrusive, oppressive regulations to which we, our children and grandchildren will have to submit.
INFORMATION ABOUT AGENDA 21
Excerpt from "Agenda 21- The UN Blueprint for the 21st Century," (http://windfarms.wordpress.com/2008/01/17/agenda-21---the-un-blueprint-for-the-21st-century/1st-century/):
Like most “green movement initiatives,” Agenda 21 is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” It is not an environmental management policy, but an attempt to impose a global centrally-planned quasi-government administered by the United Nations. Under Agenda 21, all central government and local authority signatories are required to conform strictly to a common prescribed standard and hence this is just communism resurrected in a new guise.
READ THE PLAN HERE: http://www.historictrianglecollaborative.com/files/HTCVisionProjectFINAL.pdf
Also attached, please find the Call to the Biennial York County Republican Party Mass Meeting to be held March 29, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at Grafton Middle School.
York County Citizens Forum