The 20% Tax Bill Increase Alarm

Like many, my wages have been rather stagnant in the economy while the cost of everything, from groceries to clothing, to restaurant food to movie tickets, has gone up in price. I cannot say that I really want my taxes to go up. However, given the choice, I'd rather pay for more teachers to lower our class sizes to better educate our students and pay for more police officers to keep our communities safe than not do so, as these are considerations that affect the quality of life and future of our community. 

Taking the proper stand, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) made the responsible step to keep tax bills lower during the most economically challenging years. As you can see from this Washington Post graphic, the average property tax bill has remained rather low in Prince William County and is significantly lower than our Northern Virginia peers.

As an excuse to get the BOCS out of it's responsibility for funding the Five-year plan (which allows the school system and county departments to plan funding ahead around expected revenues), Supervisor Candland sounds the alarm that tax bills will go up 20% over 5 years under the Five-year Plan. 

Oh no!! 20% sounds like a lot!! Boo!! Hiss!! Break out the pitchforks and torches!!

But wait....

Let's look at the actual numbers of what 20% really means.

Currently, Prince William County has the lowest tax bill and lowest tax burden (when accounting for income) in the region. 

If 20% added to the average FY15 tax bill, as shown in the graphic above (we'll estimate it at $3500 since exact numbers are not shown), the average tax bill would become $4200, which is still LOWER than the current average tax bills in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. However, despite this fact, it is doubtful that a 20% tax bill increase would even come to fruition. 

The Sounding of the 20% Alarm is nothing more than a ruse to implement permanent austerity in Prince William County.

When it comes to funding our schools, police, and programs that the elderly and those in need depend on, revenues are needed. The responsible decision is for the BOCS to stick to the Five-year plan, or as close to it as possible.


  1. It's past time for a common-sense blog on issues related to Prince William County! M. Dantes, unlike many other PWC bloggers, appears to have no ideological ax to grind.


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