We here at Virtucon have been pretty hard on our local elected leaders in Prince William County as of late (and deservedly so.) But never say that we don’t tout the good as well when we see it. County Chairman Corey Stewart has put forward a proposal to keep taxes flat for the FY 2014 budget. This comes on the heels of Gainesville Supervisor Pete Candland’s similar call for a flat tax bill.
There really is no reason why this cannot be achieved. All it takes is the right political will-power. The biggest part of this will be for supervisors to get off the bandwagon of giving out “free stuff.” Eliminating the district slush funds earlier this year was a good start. Now they need to eliminate the so-called “carry over” fund process that makes the slush funds look like chump change. If something needs to be funded, then fund it through an honest budgeting process — don’t hide it and then figure that you’ll just use carry over funds to pay for it later.
If we are to truly make county government cost-efficient and more effective, we need to go to a zero-based budgeting method to ensure that the needs of all of our county’s residents are properly met while taxpayers are protected.
We’ll be watching to see who agrees with us…