Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Approves Significant Tax Increase Despite Broad Public Opposition

Fairfax, VA – In a decision that has sparked controversy among Fairfax County residents, the Democrat-dominated Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a significant tax hike on Monday during a budget markup meeting. This decision, led by Board Chair Jeff McKay, will raise real estate taxes by three cents, resulting in an estimated $450 annual increase for the average Fairfax County homeowner.

The new budget, which was supported unanimously by the Democratic supervisors, was described by Chair McKay as “hard but responsible,” emphasizing its focus on funding essential services. “Over half of our budget goes into the school system,” McKay stated. “The remaining amount, 82%, goes into compensation for county staff. It’s math, folks.”

McKay’s comments reflect the Board’s justification for the increase, which they claim will provide critical investments in several areas, including in schools, housing, human services, and healthcare. Supervisor Dan Storck echoed this sentiment, highlighting the Board’s efforts to support various programs “that make a difference in people’s lives.”

However, the decision has met strong opposition from the county’s lone Republican Supervisor, Pat Herrity, who voted against the tax increase. Herrity warned that the budget lacks substantial cuts and places an undue burden on taxpayers. “We need to look for ways to reduce the tax burden,” Herrity argued, adding, “Next year is going to be a really, really bad year. It’s going to be a lot worse than this.”

In an attempt to address these concerns, Herrity proposed an amendment on Tuesday to conduct a comprehensive review of next year’s budget, aiming to find efficiencies and save taxpayers money. Unfortunately, the motion was not seconded by any of the Democratic supervisors.

Chair McKay has deflected criticism of the tax hike onto state lawmakers, claiming they are responsible for the county’s financial strain. “That’s why our residents are suffering with real estate assessments,” McKay said, referencing the disparity between the county’s contribution to state income taxes and the funds it receives in return.

The decision to raise taxes has left many Fairfax County residents questioning the priorities of their elected officials. With no relief in sight, and the potential for further increases next year, residents and Republican leaders are urging the Board of Supervisors to find alternative solutions to alleviate the tax burden on Fairfax County households.

Call to Action

The Fairfax County Board’s decision to raise taxes is a stark reminder that we need Conservative leadership to counter reckless tax policies and protect Fairfax County families from the increasing cost of living.

Talk to your friends, family, and neighbors about voting against candidates who support tax hikes and for Republicans who will fight for real solutions, reduced spending, and affordability for Fairfax County families.

This November, the Board of Supervisors may not be on the ballot, but we have a chance to replace Democrat incumbents in the U.S. Senate, as well as in the 8th, 10th, and 11th Congressional Districts. Let’s seize this moment to bring positive change and create a brighter future for Fairfax County.

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