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MtnBikersAndHike rs

Keswick, VA

#1 Nov 4, 2012
Why not 50%?
My taxes pay your salary

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Nov 4, 2012
Disgraceful. It's the only economic theory Liberal Democrats like Szycho subscribe to. Property taxes aren't high enough? Inflate property values! Why not work with what you got? Because that requires fiscal restraint! Real simple: Penalize an activity = reduce that activity. Raise taxes = slower economic growth. Vote these imbeciles out before we all lose our jobs!
Oingo Boingo

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Nov 4, 2012
Increased meal tax, tips, gas to get there and back - think i'll drop my health insurance. Somethings gotta give.
C-ville Taxpayer

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Nov 4, 2012
Would some one please tell us where we can find accurate figures for what Charlottesville City Schools spend per student per year as compared to the other Virginia school districts? Then we need to see the standardized testing scores for each district. I'll bet that Charlottesville's spending ranks near the top of the heap. Are we currently getting our money's worth?

Liberals see education as a sacred cow. Always ready to throw more money at it, while holding no one accountable for results. Don't raise any taxes until you have stopped spending debacles like those ridiculously expensive laptops you bought for every student. Start applying some sound business practices. You don't have a golden goose.
heh

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Nov 5, 2012
Dining out is a luxury. 1% won't 'hurt' business, and it actually helps local taxpayers by shifting some of the burden to the increasing influx of tourism/visitors. The tax increase will have virtually no affect on their numbers.

virginia beach is 5.5%
http://nrn.com/article/top-10-cities-highest-...
Better Idea

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Nov 5, 2012
Instead of RAISING the TAX rate by 2%, WHY don't we CUT THE salaries of ADMINISTRATION by 2%...AND I tell ya what...do it to ONLY those employess who
make OVER $75,000 !
Simple math.
2% of 75K = 1500.00
(remember an employee making 75K is making FIVE times the MINIMUM WAGE.
Would love to know HOW many employees make OVER
75K...now thats alot of TURKEY!
Let's start with Rosa Parks.....think I heard she makes well over 150K...right there would be $3000.00.....
Lets vote on it!!
Better Idea

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Nov 5, 2012
just to confirm...I am talking about SCHOOL employess...but, hey while we are at it...lets do it to the CITY COUNCIL and ALL city adminitrative position....making over 75K
Cville4Life

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Nov 5, 2012
If more revenue is needed to cover higher educational expenses or investment, I would encourage the city to look elsewhere. In a typical time, this may be a viable option; however food inflation is already too high to tack on an extra percent or two. Much of the food inflation costs have been absorbed as much as possible over the past few years. Over the coming months, we will see big jumps in menu prices to cover the increases for 2013. It is a fact. Anyone who has gone to a restaurant or grocery store has seen this. I would suggest, if we are set of raising taxes, to tax items that have not increased or had a slow rate of increase in pricing on the past few years. Are there any?
Steven

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Nov 5, 2012
heh wrote:
Dining out is a luxury. 1% won't 'hurt' business, and it actually helps local taxpayers by shifting some of the burden to the increasing influx of tourism/visitors. The tax increase will have virtually no affect on their numbers.
virginia beach is 5.5%
http://nrn.com/article/top-10-cities-highest-...
Interesting, I have yet to find a truly "luxurious" McDonald's, and they charge food tax.
Liberalace

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Nov 5, 2012
heh wrote:
Dining out is a luxury. 1% won't 'hurt' business, and it actually helps local taxpayers by shifting some of the burden to the increasing influx of tourism/visitors. The tax increase will have virtually no affect on their numbers.
virginia beach is 5.5%
http://nrn.com/article/top-10-cities-highest-...
Spoken like a true tax-and-spender. "Virginia Beach is 5.5%." So, what does that have to do with anything? The tourism dynamic there is markedly different from that here. Virginia Beach is a large city with many tourists who really could not/would not venture out of the city boundaries to eat in, say, Norfolk or Hampton Roads. Here, it is a 5 or 10 minute drive tops from the City proper to, say, the new Shops at Stonefield.

I for one pray that locals who eat in Cville vote with their feet: enough is enough.

City Council, if you whine, I will not dine.

R.I.P.: Eppa Rixey
Eaglescout1984

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Nov 5, 2012
heh wrote:
Dining out is a luxury. 1% won't 'hurt' business, and it actually helps local taxpayers by shifting some of the burden to the increasing influx of tourism/visitors. The tax increase will have virtually no affect on their numbers.
virginia beach is 5.5%
http://nrn.com/article/top-10-cities-highest-...
Virginia Beach is also the only option for eating out considering its size. If the city has a 6% meals tax you can be sure people will soon figure out eating at the same restaurants in the county much is cheaper.
Rio

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Nov 5, 2012
We need a committee to look into the C'vill city council just like Brunswick County's committee is doing there. Fraud and waste is why any council would consider raising taxes.
heh

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Nov 5, 2012
Steven wrote:
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Interesting, I have yet to find a truly "luxurious" McDonald's, and they charge food tax.
well then, call it a fat tax

you will be paying less in emergency room costs
heh

Charlottesville, VA

#14 Nov 5, 2012
Eaglescout1984 wrote:
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Virginia Beach is also the only option for eating out considering its size. If the city has a 6% meals tax you can be sure people will soon figure out eating at the same restaurants in the county much is cheaper.
Norfolk, Portsmouth and Suffolk have a higher rate than Virginia Beach - 11.5 percent

http://hamptonroads.com/2012/03/virginia-beac...
Cost Saving

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Nov 5, 2012
If city counsel wants to help the schools, tell them to stop spending/wasting so much.
Amazed and Disgusted

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Nov 5, 2012
I am dumbfounded to read that Szakos wants to double the "needed increase" and then pay to “promote city restaurants” with door stickers and advertising (from the Daily Progress article this past weekend). She thinks people will feel good by spending more money in taxes.

With a major new shopping center opening in the county, higher Charlottesville taxes will likely promote eating in Stonefield, across the line in Albemarle. Most consumers aren't as stupid as our politicians - they look out for their own money.

The idea that we should increase taxes partly to pay to advertise to people that they are better off by paying higher taxes is lunacy.

Why don't we SAVE some money by going back to a 100% volunteer City Council and eliminate their health care benefits? And stop giving interest-free loans to top city employees?

Want to really raise some money? Put a 5% sales tax on all legal fees. Since the lawyers offices and courts are in the City, we'd effectively tax ALL legal bills in a 30 mile radius and the amount would be huge! Do the same thing for accountants and you could probably build a new school administration building to rival the Taj Mahal.

What world do these councilors live in? Isn’t there a minimum IQ required to be on City Council?
CvilleMechEngr

Charlottesville, VA

#17 Nov 5, 2012
heh wrote:
Dining out is a luxury. 1% won't 'hurt' business, and it actually helps local taxpayers by shifting some of the burden to the increasing influx of tourism/visitors. The tax increase will have virtually no affect on their numbers.
virginia beach is 5.5%
http://nrn.com/article/top-10-cities-highest-...
This is bound to be good for business for the County restaurants.

Since: Oct 12

Charlottesville, VA

#18 Nov 5, 2012
What we should do is tax the City Council. Every time they want to have a meeting, each member must pay $1000. Otherwise they can't take part.

Not only will this help raise funds for the city, it will limit the amount of time these clowns get together in order not to embarrass the city further.
heh

Charlottesville, VA

#19 Nov 5, 2012
CvilleMechEngr wrote:
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This is bound to be good for business for the County restaurants.
Ironic those complaining here already wrote off downtown and the corner long ago, where most of the restaurants are located.
They obviously don't have kids at Cville schools.
CvilleMechEngr

Charlottesville, VA

#20 Nov 5, 2012
heh wrote:
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Ironic those complaining here already wrote off downtown and the corner long ago, where most of the restaurants are located.
They obviously don't have kids at Cville schools.
I do have kid in the City schools. I do eat in town, and that won't change because most of the places I like are an easy walk away. I don't like the proposed tax increase because it's the easy way out. It's not that much real money out of my pocket, but I am not convinced that all options for trimming the CCS budget have been explored.

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