Sully District Supervisor candidate Srilekha Palle is slamming her opponent Kathy Smith’s failure to “hold the line” on county taxes. “My opponent is far too quick to raise taxes,” Palle lamented. “We need fiscally conservative leadership that puts taxpayers first.”
In 2017, the average tax bill in Fairfax County increased by $301. “That wasn’t enough for Kathy Smith,” Palle noted. “She wants to make you pay even more.”
Smith also backed the meals tax hike, which voters overwhelmingly rejected in a 2016 referendum. “As Supervisor, I will ensure the hated meals tax remains dead,” Palle said today.
Palle went on to “wholeheartedly endorse” the seven-point plan touted by Joe Galdo, who is running for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors:
- Insist on “unprecedented, unrivaled levels of transparency,” to include prominently-advertised, user-friendly online access to county expenditures and contracts.
- Enact zero-based budgeting reforms – start with the revenue available, rather than using current spending as the baseline.
- Embrace outcome-based budgeting – focus on the results of county spending.
- Root out frivolous, ideologically-driven spending programs – like the $200,000 allocated for the lawyers of illegal aliens facing removal hearings.
- Reform the county’s business, professional and occupational licensing (BPOL) tax, in a manner that lessens the burden on small businesses.
- Totally abolish the county’s regressive tax on groceries.
- Balance annual county budgets without increasing real estate taxes.
“These reforms will let taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned money, and put our county on the right fiscal track,” Palle said. “We can’t afford another four years of Kathy Smith’s business-as-usual.”
Srilekha Palle is the Fairfax GOP nominee for Sully District Supervisor. Follow her on Twitter: @PalleForSully.