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2002-09-24 Fairfax County tax burden up 20 percent in ten years - after Inflation

Citizens pay higher taxes for crowded schools and crowded roads

Arthur G. Purves, president of the Fairfax County Taxpayers Alliance (FCTA), announced today that an FCTA analysis shows that the typical Fairfax County household is paying $1700 more per year (or nearly $5 more per day) in state and county taxes than it paid ten years ago. This is despite the decline in revenues following the "dot-com" collapse and is adjusted for inflation. With inflation the typical household is paying nearly $3300 more per year or $10 more per day. This includes sales, personal property, real estate, and state income taxes. Fairfax County real estate tax increases have also completely wiped out the savings from the car-tax reduction. The so-called car tax cut masked a 20-percent increase in state and county taxes.

Mr. Purves stated, "This 20-percent tax increase generates an extra $600 million per year from Fairfax County alone. Almost none of it went to transportation. All income and real estate taxes and 90 percent of sales taxes are off-limits to transportation. The bulk of these taxes goes to schools, which have not improved, and welfare, which encourages out-of-wedlock births. What improved as a result of the extra $600 million in taxes? The sales tax referendum rewards government for neglecting transportation during a period of enormous revenue increases."

Fairfax County inflation-adjusted real estate taxes for the 'typical' household since 1985