BIG NEWS: THE SUN GAZETTE HAS ENDORSED MARK KELLY FOR COUNTY BOARD!
It’s not hard to understand why their endorsing him. There’s been a great deal of frustration among Arlington County residents lately. Here’s some clips from the endorsement article:
“He would bring a fresh perspective to board discussions, and more importantly, would publicly raise issues and concerns that today never get much of an airing.”
“He is emblematic of a County Board that has seemingly lost touch with, at the very least, the community members represent, and, arguably, with a certain sense of reality.”
The Sun Gazette is right. The Board has lost a sense of reality.
Arlington County has a spending problem. A past article in the Sun Gazette showed that Arlington has a debt of $1.12 billion, or about $5,345 for every county resident.
In addition, there have been higher fees and taxes. The real-estate tax rate was increased by 8.3 cents to a total of 95.8 cents per $100 of a home’s assessed value.
While the County Board has no problem approving bond measures that total more than $161 million, they debated the placement of about 12 sidewalk tables for two businesses in Clarendon. The debate included a stunning 3-2 vote on whether to give one of the businesses 25 feet of space to place their tables or only 15 feet of space.
The cost of living in Arlington has gotten so out of hand, it has even caused DEMOCRATS to say something. That’s right. Not sure if anyone caught this, but in early July, former Delegate candidate Miles Grant announced that he will be moving to Falls Church, citing expensive cost of living.
To see the Sun Gazette’s full endorsement, click here.
Also – other BIG NEWS: As of Sept. 30, Kelly had a campaign balance of $28,480 to Zimmerman’s $18,155. For the full report, click here.