inside track

King George, VA

#41 Jul 12, 2013
CB Tax Payer wrote:
This information is public knowledge and everyone who lives in C.B has a right and OBLIGATION to know what THEY are paying their public SERVANTS !
By raising our taxes the Mayor and Council have FAILED in their job to make this a prosperous Town, and they will CONTINUE to do so and raise our taxes again until they voted out!
The salary for the "positions" are public knowledge. The "public servants" still have individual rights of disclosure. Remember, they are human beings and most are town citizens also. Lets respect them for the jobs they do for our community.

“C. Green”

Since: Sep 12

Colonial Beach

#42 Jul 12, 2013
CB Tax Payer wrote:
This information is public knowledge and everyone who lives in C.B has a right and OBLIGATION to know what THEY are paying their public SERVANTS !
By raising our taxes the Mayor and Council have FAILED in their job to make this a prosperous Town, and they will CONTINUE to do so and raise our taxes again until they voted out!
Actually, I thought the tax increase was a very modest move in the face of our pressing needs. I do not agree that our town employee’s salaries are out of line with comparable municipalities and I did support the small raise that was awarded in the last budget.

However, what I was interested in is your opinion. Prosperity is something we both can agree on. If you believe what the Council did was contrary to that, just what is your vision?
yea right

White Stone, VA

#43 Jul 12, 2013
Guess my concern is the increase only supported the school. Before negative comments, this is not a bad thing just a fact. To develop economic growth it is going to take time, manpower and money of which none has been allocated. If Council doesn't make some bold moves then the next year will be no different than the past 3-5years. Lot of talk and very little action.
Maybe

King George, VA

#44 Jul 12, 2013
yea right wrote:
Guess my concern is the increase only supported the school. Before negative comments, this is not a bad thing just a fact. To develop economic growth it is going to take time, manpower and money of which none has been allocated. If Council doesn't make some bold moves then the next year will be no different than the past 3-5years. Lot of talk and very little action.
As the saying goes, sometimes you have to spend money to make money. This holds true here. The Town needs to suck it up and commit dollars towards Economic Development that will have a sustainable effect and add revenue to the Tax base.
BTW

Washington, DC

#45 Jul 12, 2013
CB Tax Payer wrote:
This information is public knowledge and everyone who lives in C.B has a right and OBLIGATION to know what THEY are paying their public SERVANTS !
By raising our taxes the Mayor and Council have FAILED in their job to make this a prosperous Town, and they will CONTINUE to do so and raise our taxes again until they voted out!
What taxes were raised?
Jody

White Stone, VA

#46 Jul 12, 2013
Maybe wrote:
<quoted text>As the saying goes, sometimes you have to spend money to make money. This holds true here. The Town needs to suck it up and commit dollars towards Economic Development that will have a sustainable effect and add revenue to the Tax base.
That means the "people" need to suck it up. If you want economic development and prosperity, you need to agree to a tax increase to support it...or nothing will change as there is no money coming from anywhere else. The town has a hard enough time making ends meet on what is necessary to run the town. The money tree was cut down a very long time ago. 1/2 penny sales tax earmarked specifically for economic development, or increased property tax.

“C. Green”

Since: Sep 12

Colonial Beach

#47 Jul 13, 2013
Since its founding in 1892, Colonial Beach’s only industry has been and will continue to be, is tourism. At the last town council meeting, Ms. King, Chair of our Tourism Council, requested what one would think as a no-brainer. That the Council acknowledge this simple fact, establish a line item in the budget for tourism and comment some resources towards that end.

Additional funding can be secured through a small tax increase or through the sale of surplus town owned properties. These simple moves, dovetail with the recommendations of Whitestone Partners. One asset we own, which we do not have the funds to maintain, have no plans to use for the next decade and would yield well over seven figures. This property should be placed on the market. Grow houses not weeds-Free Eleanor Park.

“C. Green”

Since: Sep 12

Colonial Beach

#48 Jul 13, 2013
Oops, editorial error! Not well over, but in the neighborhood of seven figures.
Maybe

Fredericksburg, VA

#49 Jul 13, 2013
Bad Penny wrote:
Since its founding in 1892, Colonial Beach’s only industry has been and will continue to be, is tourism. At the last town council meeting, Ms. King, Chair of our Tourism Council, requested what one would think as a no-brainer. That the Council acknowledge this simple fact, establish a line item in the budget for tourism and comment some resources towards that end.
Additional funding can be secured through a small tax increase or through the sale of surplus town owned properties. These simple moves, dovetail with the recommendations of Whitestone Partners. One asset we own, which we do not have the funds to maintain, have no plans to use for the next decade and would yield well over seven figures. This property should be placed on the market. Grow houses not weeds-Free Eleanor
Tourism is a vital source of revenue but putting all of your eggs in one basket has proven to be risky. To have a healthy economy the Town needs to look at all the options. There are opportunities out there but you need to have someone who knows how to attract the proper type businesses. A full time Economic Developer would pay for their own salary with the tax dollars they could bring to Town. Think outside of the proverbial box
never too late

Fredericksburg, VA

#50 Jul 13, 2013
It is never too late for revitalization. Question is, what to do with the towns assets? Someone like Roger Hoback who had the vision and financing to turn it around. But the town now has such a bad rep for any kind of business, no one with any success behind them would even look at this place....
Maybe wrote:
<quoted text>Tourism is a vital source of revenue but putting all of your eggs in one basket has proven to be risky. To have a healthy economy the Town needs to look at all the options. There are opportunities out there but you need to have someone who knows how to attract the proper type businesses. A full time Economic Developer would pay for their own salary with the tax dollars they could bring to Town. Think outside of the proverbial box

“Kelsea's Kitchen”

Since: Feb 13

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#51 Jul 13, 2013
never too late wrote:
It is never too late for revitalization. Question is, what to do with the towns assets? Someone like Roger Hoback who had the vision and financing to turn it around. But the town now has such a bad rep for any kind of business, no one with any success behind them would even look at this place....
<quoted text>
well put someday they will open their eyes
Jody

White Stone, VA

#52 Jul 13, 2013
Who is Roger Hoback?
Nuts

King William, VA

#53 Jul 13, 2013
Jody wrote:
Who is Roger Hoback?
Maybe you should learn some of the history of the town before you start condemning everybody.
yea right

White Stone, VA

#54 Jul 13, 2013
Ask Linda Crandell and Jerry Higgs, they ran him out of town. Things could have been a lot different he want to build a Hotel and a convention center and develop the Boardwalk area about 9-10 years ago. Since it was waterfront property it take 6 of 7 council to approve. Vote was 5 in favor and those 2 opposed. Remember it well was standing room only at the meeting. Set the town back at least 15 years.
To Be or Not

King William, VA

#55 Jul 13, 2013
Jody wrote:
Who is Roger Hoback?
I agree with Nuts. Some of us have experienced years and years of disappointment and frustration. Jody, you need to broaden your knowledge before you think you're so smart.
Hot Diggidi

King George, VA

#56 Jul 13, 2013
Bad Penny wrote:
Since its founding in 1892, Colonial Beach’s only industry has been and will continue to be, is tourism. At the last town council meeting, Ms. King, Chair of our Tourism Council, requested what one would think as a no-brainer. That the Council acknowledge this simple fact, establish a line item in the budget for tourism and comment some resources towards that end.
Additional funding can be secured through a small tax increase or through the sale of surplus town owned properties. These simple moves, dovetail with the recommendations of Whitestone Partners. One asset we own, which we do not have the funds to maintain, have no plans to use for the next decade and would yield well over seven figures. This property should be placed on the market. Grow houses not weeds-Free Eleanor Park.
Free Eleanor park !
Beach Goddess

Urbanna, VA

#57 Jul 13, 2013
Selling Eleanor Park is not the answer to all the town's ills. I don't see why a public/private partnership is not being pursued on that land.

You sell it once, it's gone. It doesn't come back, and what do we do the next time the town needs money? The town doesn't have that much land left to sell.
Jody

White Stone, VA

#58 Jul 13, 2013
To Be or Not wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree with Nuts. Some of us have experienced years and years of disappointment and frustration. Jody, you need to broaden your knowledge before you think you're so smart.
Yes, I lived here then. That was right around the time the housing went on a 4 year run for high dollars, then tanked. He would have been about as successful at completing that project as the golf course was, as successful as the townhouses across from Food Lion are, and the condos downtown.

As I recall, he wanted to buy the Town Hill and that was a huge debate. I think we made the right decision to not sell town hill.

After he decided to not submit another plan that did not include Town Hill came the developers of Monroe Point. I am sure they are glad they did not pursue their plan that did not include town hill because the economy tanked and their plan for Monroe Point for 310 homes--40 condos, 180 townhouses and 90 apartments for senior citizens has never come to fruition and townhouses that were on the market for $400,000 are now selling for less than $200,000.

Living in the past is going to do us no good. We have many, many properties in CB that are not selling, many empty buildings, and numerous failed developments.

Let's figure out how to go forward.
yea right

White Stone, VA

#59 Jul 14, 2013
Only thing Hoback's project didn't include residential, was a Hotel, convention center and a strip style business fronts along the boardwalk. Would have been start for tourism that most indicate is the direction that should be taken.
Jody

White Stone, VA

#60 Jul 14, 2013
To Be or Not wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree with Nuts. Some of us have experienced years and years of disappointment and frustration. Jody, you need to broaden your knowledge before you think you're so smart.
Jerk

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