You’re Invited – Campaign Launch Party
Paul Beran, candidate for Board of Supervisors, Franconia District
Wednesday, 4/26 at 6pm. Join us for food and lively conversation at TGI Fridays, 6640 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria.
Join us for a FREE screening of the new film, Jesus Revolution! On Friday, April 21st at 7pm, Burke Community Church will host a showing of the film in the Worship Center. Everyone is welcome and no registration is required!
Steven Mosley (Evangelical Outreach Chair) plans to be in the foyer of the church at 6:45 PM so that Fairfax GOP members can meet up with him at this event. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more information.
Workforce retention is the issue of our decade, affecting all industries including the public sector. Staffing issues affect the primary function we provide for residents: critical services. My colleagues on the Board are pushing a false narrative that for the FY 2024 budget we can either fund competitive employee compensation or reduce the tax burden for residents, but not both. We can do both if we make the difficult decisions that our residents must make daily with their own household budgets.
“Fairfax County residents have written to county supervisors complaining about how a county employee is using a county vehicle outside of business hours,” WJLA’s Nick Minock reported on Tuesday. “People didn’t know until 7News’ reporting that the county vehicle belongs to one of the most powerful elected government officials in Fairfax County — county chairman Jeff McKay.”
Springfield Supervisor Pat Herrity — currently the lone Republican on the county board — slammed McKay for his personal use of a county vehicle. “It’s clearly not acceptable,” Herrity said on Wednesday.
The Board voted 8 to 2 to consider a raise for Board members, which I opposed along with Supervisor Alcorn (Hunter Mill). The raise would increase Board member salaries from $95,000 to as high as $130,000, with an additional consideration to raise the Chairman’s salary to a range of $140,000 to $145,000. It is unbelievable that this Board would propose a 37 to 45 percent raise for themselves when residents are struggling with high inflation, a 50 percent increase in homeowner taxes over the last decade, and in a budget that does not address the staffing crisis in public safety and other critical county positions.
This comes on top of a $1.1M increase in Board office budgets approved last year which I opposed.
Around June 28 Fairfax County homeowners got their real estate tax bill, which is due July 28. The typical homeowner’s real estate tax bill increased by $484 or 6.8%, from $7,159 to $7,643.
Around September 5, Fairfax County car owners will get their personal property tax bill, which is due October 5. The typical household’s personal property tax will increase by $151 or 36%, from $420 to $571.
Combining real estate and property tax increases, the typical household will have a $634 or 8.4% tax increase.
Virginia Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears joined Thursday’s edition of Fox & Friends to discuss the Left’s efforts to harass and intimidate U.S. Supreme Court justices. “This is mob rule,” Sears lamented. “This is America, we don’t do this.”
Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano has rebuffed calls to establish security perimeters around the homes of justices who reside in the county. Sears blasted Descano as well as the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for their continued refusal to enforce Virginia law.
What: Fairfax County Board needs to hear from us that its tax increases are unsustainable. Here’s how you can do it:
(1) Call Chairman McKay’s office (he is also Chairman of the Board’s Budget Committee) and the other Board members and/or email the entire Board at ClerktotheBOS@fairfaxcounty.gov. You can find the contact information for the other Board offices here.
(2) Sign up to testify at the Budget Public Hearings April 12-14th. You can provide testimony via phone, pre-recorded video, or in person. You can also send written testimony to the entire Board through the Clerk’s office.
The County will hold public hearings on the budget on:
Tuesday, April 12 @ 4:00 PM
Wednesday, April 13 @ 3:00 PM
Thursday, April 14 @ 3:00 PM