Category Archives: Central Garage

Are the Oligarchs shoes too tight?

By Bob Shannon   Central Garage

Nice to see the Oligarchs now concerned about spending.  Mr. Campbell last year for the first time  spoke on items he thought could be eliminated from the 2014/15 budget. The timing of his comments were oddly coincidental since  Land Use Tax Exemptions were on the chopping block. Watch how fast local spending gets reined in should the Land Use Tax Exemption program be eliminated.  The whiners writing letters now with a furious pace could never find the time to attend a BOS budget meeting and or crusade with us on cutting spending …..until now.

Mr. Campbell offers beleaguered homeowners a .01 reduction in the real estate tax rate while  advocating for self-serving tax exemptions & subsidies . Mr. Campbell’s new found budget frugality might suggest which one of the exemptions /subsidies would he be willing to let go of, since he wants to keep these superior County services he touts as necessary. Cato and other institutions have labelled Federal Farm Subsidies “corporate welfare”, maybe he is willing to start there ? Campbell defends Land Use Tax exemptions, which are  “tax shifting  Stop calling it Tax Exemptions—-it is tax shifting. Stop calling it ( if  ended) a  “tax increase”.  It would be an end to an EXEMPTION.  The runaway development nonsense is beginning to sound like a parrot. Amend the Comprehensive Plan to allow for minimum 10 acre lots ….if that is their real concern.

As for the KWTP and the tactics of intimidation ?   When you can’t win the argument on the facts smear the other side.   KWTP holds elected officials accountable, a necessity if we are to correct the problems facing both our communities and our nation. For too long we allowed politicians to make campaign pledges, only to watch them morph afterwards into mouth pieces for local power brokers.  Mr. Campbell labels that intimidation, voters disagreed. Beneficiaries    of the status quo simply refuse to accept their agenda was defeated. The average Joe/Jane had had enough. We have some Supervisors who now are pushing the voters agenda.

Supervisor Hansen  coined the phrase “ homeowners in KW county are not sharecroppers”, and  that  sentiment was reflected in comments last Monday night when one of the folks benefitting by these schemes said “ some of us are from  here’s & some of you are come here’s”  Does this man understand the form of government we have in the U.S , or know that half or more of the citizens of King William  today are “ come here’s” . Is he suggesting a different class of citizenship for these folks ?

Homeowners and small business owners want the tax policy field leveled & spending cut.  Stop the name calling and respect the voters will.

 


Article written by: Tom White

Fraudulent Language Becoming Common Among Public Officials

By Bob Shannon Central Garage

I left the Joint BOS & School Board meeting Tuesday evening feeling elated. It was quite a contrast to the night before and the surreal atmosphere shamefully brought on by just such use of the now common fraudulent language being employed so public sector officials insure they get their way, facts be damned. Puzzled for years when I would hear that school/county employees hadn’t had a raise in XXX years , after sitting in the very room just months before witnessing the raises given to both county and school employees, I just could not understand how they could make those statements knowing they were false………until Tuesday night when I finally figured it out.   What I am about to describe is “ learning a new language”

If my Boss gives me a pay raise of $100 a month, and consequently my phone bill that same month increases $100——well according to their “ interpretation” I did not get a raise ? Yes, that is correct I received an “ offset” a new word created in the Bizzaro world of the public sector. In the Power point presentation by Deb Stickly it states that school employees hadn’t had a raise in XXX years ? One is reminded of the old adage , “ it’s takes years to build your integrity and minutes to destroy it” But heh, isn’t it her job to carry the message after all ?

www.doc.virginia.gov/teaching/workforcedata/salaries/2013-14/salary report pdf

Visit this site which tracks annually for each locality the changes in school employee salaries and any raises /adjustments PAY ATTENTION TO PAGES 17—19 where you will read the commentary box by each county ( info submitted by the schools ) Under King William you will read the following quote:   “all teachers received a salary step increase plus a salary scale adjustment of 2-4%. In addition the division increased all salaries to account for the increase in employee VRS contributions from 1-5%”   ????? Confused—so was I

The term “offset” and understanding how the public sector mindset works, if the schools give their employees a raise to “ offset” the increase in say for example health insurance premiums, according to their language………that wasn’t a pay raise—that is an offset ? Catching on yet ?

If the county /schools give out a pay raise to “offset” the required contributions to VRS, …..well that isn’t a pay raise ….that is an “ offset”

Next time your company gives you a pay raise, if you are also experiencing any other expense increasing simultaneously , go tell your employer of the new LANGUAGE,

“ boss I haven’t had a raise in XXX years” “ No Joe, I just gave you a raise last month” “ But Boss, that was just an offset”… “ Joe, find somewhere else to work, maybe the public schools”

 


Article written by: Tom White