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GUEST POST: Stafford Co. Rises As PWC Falls In Rank Of Wealthiest Counties

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The following is a GUEST POST from an anonymous fellow Prince William County resident:

According to “Forbes” as cited on WTOP today, Falls Church, Fairfax, Loudoun and Stafford all rank ahead of Prince William County in terms of wealth now.  All are ahead of PWC, which was in the national top ten list of wealthiest counties as late as 2012 but has now dropped out.  Stafford County, located geographically to our south and farther from Washington, DC, has magnified its lead over Prince William County.  The only conclusion is that successful people are now eschewing PWC and leapfrogging us to buy homes in Stafford.  Also, Stafford has had far better results in attracting good businesses and good-paying jobs than PWC has had.  This represents an abysmal economic failure on the part of our Board of Supervisors and County Government, and is one clear result of rubber-stamp approval of all of the high-density townhouse and lower-end single-family developments in PWC.  The facts contradict the political spin County residents hear every quarter from Peacor and crew about the imagined economic successes our County has been enjoying.

This deterioration in our economic base will have profound implications for PWC’s ability to fund schools, police, roads, and everything else the public needs.  As we continue to expand our tax base of tax-negative residential units, taxes on existing property owners will need to increase even faster just to maintain the level of services we have now.  This impact will be even more pronounced, with the associated negative results for us, because of the Board’s failure to get even minimal proffers from developers.  With higher value homes and their owners now leapfrogging PWC for Stafford, Stafford County taxpayers will enjoy higher standards of living as PWC residents see a continued deterioration of their standard of living as their taxes rise.

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8 Responses to “GUEST POST: Stafford Co. Rises As PWC Falls In Rank Of Wealthiest Counties”

  1. Ken Reynolds

    Sooooooooooo? This didnt start with the current BOCS………re-zonings began in the 50s and we are stuck with deicisons made going back that far. The County woke up to this in Berne Ewert’s administration………….AND we do have a large settlement of Latinos who are coming along fast with their hard work ethic and strong families………..but that will take time to nurture……….wth, we still are very wealthy!!

  2. Riley

    Ken, rezonings don’t mean automatic approvals of projects and rezonings can be changed. Many of the problems have arisen from decisions made over the last 12 years as well as tax and regulatory policies that have driven high-end commercial businesses to go elsewhere (such as Loudoun and Stafford counties.)

    • Riley

      And I agree with you that we are still relatively wealthy, but we are heading in the wrong direction on this list. That isn’t good for anyone no matter their ethnic background.

  3. Anonymous

    And I agree with Latinos having strong families and a hard work ethic. Makes them perfect Republicans if you ask me. Such a pity that so many Latinos vote for the other party — the one that has undermined the family unit and the very concept of actually achieving through hard work and earning something rather than just having it handed to you by some Government bureaucrat.

    • Ken Reynolds

      Do i sense some ‘bitterness’ in your comments? You are a very bright and informed person who evidently knows he and his republican commrades have lost the war? The republican party is doomed………..yet we do need a viable two-party system!!

  4. Anonymous

    No, I would argue that the war isn’t lost. Just a couple of battles. Not uncommon in the political realm. There is a viable 2 party system (the GOP controls the House, a majority of statehouses, a majority of governorships, etc.) The Republican Party is not doomed anymoreso than the Democrat Party is. I appreciate the bright and informed compliment though.

  5. Anonymous

    More to the point, the war is never lost one way or the other. Conservative ideas of limited government, lower taxes, strong families, and maximizing personal liberty are always going to remain prominent in the American ideals. If the Democrats haven’t already, they will overreach with their big-government liberalism and there will be a backlash against them. As to why they seem to think that Government can and should inject itself into every aspect of the lives of ordinary citizens is simply beyond me, other than to suggest that it’s about power and control, never simply the “common good” although that certainly sounds nice in theory. Modern Democrat politicians strike me as nothing but arrogant, self-absorbed bullies, who seem to think they know what’s best for everyone, even when they don’t (and most of the time they don’t).

  6. Scott

    I’m thinking another advantage Stafford has had is they got to watch PWC and see what worked and what didn’t. They still had some very nice parcels of land ready for solid business development along Rt. 1 and 610.

    But you still need to look at where the people are going to make their money. Are they commuting north towards DC? Do the cost of commuting those extra 10 miles down I95 and then see how their wealth compares to us too. If you say it takes them an average of 20-30 minutes longer each way in rush hour, that’s about one hour a day or around 200 hours a year. How much is time worth? And then add the cost of gas, that’s going to be an extra gallon or so a day, at $3/gallon it’s $15/week. Since I set a low price for gas, let’s just say it will be around $1000/year in gasoline alone.

    That said, PWC needs to make some very tough decisions when it comes to economic re-development to get the ball rolling again. The Rt. 1 corridor is a good start, but the huge center portion of the county needs the same help.

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