BOCS Debrief: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


Friday night, the BOCS once again discussed the budget and advertisement of a tax rate. Three proposals for advertised tax rates failed on 4-4 votes. These included $1.115 from Supervisor Candland (a self-described "compromise" from his prior $1.102 flat tax rate), $1.145 from Supervisor Principi (the tax rate suggested by the Five Year Plan), and $1.122 from Supervisor Anderson (the current tax rate).

The Good
  • Advertisement of the $1.145 Property Tax Rate: With the Board's failure to advertise a tax rate, the rate will be advertised administratively by Acting County Executive Christopher Martino and his staff. The result will most likely be the advertisement of the default $1.145 rate (3.88% average tax bill increase) suggested by the Five Year Plan. While Chairman Corey Stewart may have threatened, "Citizens should not read anything into the advertised budget," this is a win because there will be the opportunity for not only the Board to properly discuss the budget but, additionally, for citizens to weigh in on the needs for their community before the BOCS adopts a budget in April.  
  • The Bi-Partisan Gang of Four: Supervisors Principi, Caddigan, Jenkins, and Nohe held strong on not advertising a rate too low. As Supervisor Principi properly noted, the meeting should have been about discussing a ceiling for the tax rate and "not setting the tax rate" citing concerns about mental health services, public safety, schools, a deficit of nine fire station, needs for a growing county, and the opportunity to listen to the "people we work for."

The Bad
  • The Austere Four: Chairman Stewart along with Supervisors Candland, Lawson, and Anderson stood as a stone wall against raising taxes, no matter the consequences. Supervisor Anderson remarked, "Taxes are the reason I ran for this seat.... The Five Year Plan is out of control." Candland went further, commenting that the advertised rate is a "baseball bat" for "spending with wreckless abandon." The Austere Four sought more to set a low tax rate than advertise a ceiling, without the transparency of explaining what should be cut or allowing the community to have input. In the end, though, defaulting to the advertisement of the $1.145 was a big loss for the Austere Four's goals of permanent austerity for the county.

The Ugly
  • Supervisor Candland's Math on Taxes and Spending: Supervisor Candland loves making charts and throwing around dizzying arrays of facts and figures to prove that permanent austerity is needed for the county. I will be writing in the future to debunk, as I have in the past, some of this math. One thing Candland repeated talked about in his extended soliloquies (some of which one could see he was visibly angry) was out-of-control government spending. However, It should be noted that increases in government spending are not necessarily a bad thing -- For example, Prince William County Schools lag significantly behind in per-pupil and local funding (to the tune of $150-200 million or more compared to if our schools were funded at the levels of Loudoun or Fairfax Counties). Funding is needed to address critical unmet needs in both the school system and the county. 
  • Chairman Stewart's Behavior: Where to begin? Last year Chairman Stewart fought against austere budgeting and tax rates and had some contentious exchanges with Supervisor Candland. This year, he is lockstep with Candland. The difference? Could it be that higher office aspirations "Trump" doing what is right for the county residents that elected him? Further, Chairman Stewart had some issues with being ringleader last night. For example, he allowed Supervisor Candland most of the spotlight while cutting off other Supervisors (such as a rightfully annoyed Supervisor Caddigan) and ignored the simplest of applications of Robert's Rules of Order.
The McCoart Madness is far from over as Budget Season gears up with the Prince William County School Board finalizing a budget and a tax rate being adopted by the BOCS. Stay Tuned!





Comments

  1. I find it difficult to believe that taxes "have" to be raised when Corey so easily found $11 million dollars to allocate to the Animal Shelter. The fact that he will not release the funds to them is a whole different matter.

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  2. It should be noted the Anderson's campaign was managed by one of Candland's staff and directed by Mac Haddow whose wife and son in law are on Candland's staff. Candland, Lawson and Anderson are controlled by Haddow. Stewart is just looking forward to 2017. We all know he has no moral compass.

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  3. A lot of people took great pleasure in Stewart putting an end to Candland and Lawson's babble by telling staff to advertise the rate approved last year as part of the five year plan. Candland walked away with nothing but a bunch of charts, graphs, and slides which the audiance didn't really understand anyway. I feel sorry for Anderson. She looked clueless.

    Jenkins, Nohe, and Principi have been playing this game too long to let newcomers change the rules. Stewart figured out Candland was more of an anchor and an asset, and cut him loose.

    It's not going to get any better for the gang of four. Make that the gang of three. If Anderson has any sense of what's going on at all, she will bail and make it the gang of two. That may be difficult.

    I suspect Haddow has enough on Anderson and her Delegate husband to keep her in line.

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  4. It's really hard to watch Pete Candland. His voice is always shrill, but when he doesn't get his way it gets more and more shrill and he seems like he is on the verge of throwing a temper tantrum.

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  5. Congratulations on setting up this blog. It is sorely needed to fight back against the Haddow gang.

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  6. I'm really glad to see this blog. Thanks whoever you are.

    You read the Sheriff? Haddow published the same talking points he prepared for Candland's show Friday. I wish Candland would give us a break and just ask us to read the Sheriff to find out what he is thinking instead of flashing paper and drama at us.

    It would be so much easier and make board meetings a lot shorter.

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    1. I've noticed that -- that is true a lot of the time -- whenever I have heard Haddow speak in person or when I read the Sheriff blog.

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  7. Welcome to the blogosphere in PWC.

    It's good to see someone fighting back. What assurances do you make to the county staff that they may post here without the Gainesville Mafia finding out and making their lives miserable?

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    1. I've noticed that The Sheriff has the following disclaimer, "Become a Sheriff of Nottingham Deputy or Birdie. Just send the information you have to sheriffofnottinghampw@gmail.com and The Sheriff will check it out. Your anonymity is guaranteed. We must weed out the corruption and fraud that rules the land and punishes the commoners. We must hold the Board of County Supervisors and the School Board to account."

      I've got to find a better name than birdies, but feel free to e-mail me at montecristopwc@yahoo.com, and I'll promise keep anything anonymous like he does.

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  8. I have worked for Prince William County Government for years. Your blog answers the prayers of me and my fellow staffers. We are tired of watching the Sheriff make up "birdie" comments. He obviously writes most of his comments and makes up things about what we think. His "birdie" comments just don't match the lunchroom chatter I hear. It's usually a complaint about how little he thinks of us or our County.

    I look forward to posting here. We finally have a way to set the record straight. We are just tired of the Sheriff beating us up, making up lies, and spreading misinformation.

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  9. Anonymous 5:11 AM is absolutely right. I'm sure there are a few "birdies" at McCoart who are nasty people trying to get back at their bosses or co-workers for some grievance, but the vast majority of the "birdie" stories are obviously made up. Candland and Mac Haddow and their allies on the board just use them to make all of us in government look incompetent to advance their own agenda.

    Thank you so very much for setting up this blog.

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  10. Will Haddow stew in his own juice now he lacks the ability to control and bully a blog?

    Might we see a kinder, gentler sheriff (read emasculated) now he will get what he gives?

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    1. Does "The Sheriff" even know this blog exists? Monte Cristo, whomever he or she is had better get ready for the attacks.

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  11. I just posted this in response to Haddow's latest rant on his blog, The Sheriff of Nottingham of Prince William County. Since Haddow will probably not publish it, I am cross-posting here. I really appreciate this blog. Thanks for giving people who aren't crazy a place to post.

    This shows just how far out of touch the Prince William Republican Committee really is. Nohe and Caddigan were returned for yet another term on the Dias. Nohe even soundly beat O'Meara in the Firehouse Primary, Candland's hand picked candidate, after the Party rigged the game to force a Firehouse Primary.

    Nohe and Caddigan represent their Districts, not the hand full of disgruntled white guys who show up at meetings and conventions. They must be doing a good job because their Districts keep sending them back for another term.

    You are making the Party irrelevant and smaller. If you want to learn from history, read up on the Whigs.

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    1. Maureen and Marty will probably go on to be part of the core of whatever replaces the old Republican Party. There is only so much crazy either can put up with.

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  12. Mac Haddow scares me. Nobody voted for him. He is quietly trying to take over PWC. His ventriloquist dummies need to be put back in their suitcases. I can see Haddow's hand up their arses and his lips moving when they speak.

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    1. 5:55, you are hilarious, especially for so early in the morning.

      You hit the nail on the head, for sure.

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  13. I hope Nohe and Caddigan will see their way through this - last year I was a little wary of Caddigan, but not now!!! So sick of the Haddow blog....many thanks for this one.

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  14. PWC is woefully behind in facility and technology planning and needs, schools need smaller class sizes but I'd like to see a good overhaul of their budget like the government side did a few years ago.

    Not sure about 3.88% but a good accounting for what it buys is necessary. Maybe PWC needs to go to a biennial budget plan. At least some work could get done in between the whining. What's happening with body cameras? First they were for it but now they don't want to pay to keep it running? All over park needs last year but now?

    I don't think they're capable at all of running our county if they can't stop the posturing and focus. For gosh sakes Stewart should just step down - he's either in this for PWC or he's in it for Stewart - and we can't survive more of in it for Stewart. We're tossed about like ping pong balls as he figures out which way the wind blows.

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    1. Maybe site based management out outlived its usefulness.

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  15. We should call them Courageous Caddigan and Noble Nohe! They stood up to Candland, Lawson, and Anderson knowing full well that Mac Haddow was going to crucify them on the Sheriff blog. They need to know there are people standing behind them.

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    1. Nobody really cares what Haddow says on his blog anymore. The Sheriff of Nottingham of Prince William County has drifted into irrelevancy.

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  16. I couldn't believe that Lawson didn't know what the county human resources system was. She proposed cutting its funding since it wouldn't be ready until 2024. They're updating a computer system. Doesn't she have any idea that you have to spend money over time to do that? It was embarrassing for the county how clueless she was.

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    1. Its obvious the depth of knowledge and understanding how the county functions is minimal and the leader has other interests.

      I suppose after folks have a chance to rant here a bit we'll get down to business. First up should be teacher salaries, classroom sizes, declining fire volunteers, needed fire stations, public transportation and police officers/ equipment needs - sounds like investments to me.

      I'd like county staff to dig into school budgets so reporting and analysis methods are similar - or tell us why that won't work.

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  17. School Board last night: Jessie (teacher hater), Williams (Extreme teacher hater) and Raulston team with the Republicans Satterwhite and Trenum to defeat Wilk and Saywers who supported a step increase that was deleted several years ago. Jessie, Williams and Raulston are anti-teacher and anti education and must be attacked at every opportunity.

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  18. Why are you saying these people are anti teacher? Please explain.

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