2001-03-27 Taxpayer Alliance anti-tax rally on April 2
SEEKS TO REVERSE HANLEY'S $350 MILLION TAX INCREASES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: ARTHUR PURVES
phone: 703 281-0176
TAXPAYER ALLIANCE ANTI-TAX RALLY ON APRIL 2
Arthur G. Purves, president of the Fairfax County Taxpayers Alliance, announced today that the Taxpayers Alliance is sponsoring a rally to demand an immediate reduction in the real estate tax rate from $1.23 to $1.17 and an eventual reduction to 88 cents. The immediate six-cent reduction would reduce a typical household's real estate tax from $2848 to $2709. The 35-cent reduction would save the typical household $800 per year.
The 35-cent reduction would reverse household and commercial tax increases that have occurred since Kate Hanley was elected county chairman in 1995. The rally, which occurs immediately before the supervisors' public hearing on the budget, will be held in front of the Fairfax County Government Center, at 12000 Government Center Parkway, on Monday, April 2, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. It is expected that the schools will hold a pro-tax rally concurrently. To advertise their pro-tax rally last year the school system paid $12,000 to print 200,000 brochures that were sent home with 160,000 students. Co-sponsors of the rally include the NorthernVirginiaGOP.com, the Virginia Young Republicans, the Conservative Forum of Northern Virginia, the Coalition of Virginia Taxpayers, and the Conservative Nominations Committee. Heads of these organizations will address the demonstrators. Mr. Purves commented, "Under Kate Hanley's leadership, Fairfax County residents are paying higher taxes for crowded schools and crowded roads. Since Kate Hanley became chairman, she has funded the schools lavishly by giving them $250 million more than was required to keep up with inflation and enrollment. The school board has had the money to fix its buildings but has refused to do so."