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.