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Mini Sterlingfest Saturday 10am to 4pm

March 31, 2006

MINI STERLINGFEST SATURDAY 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M.

Mini Sterlingfest Saturday morning at the Sterling Community Center and
the streets around it. I will be there 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Hope to see
you there. This event is a "make up" to the vendors rained out last
October during the regular Sterlingfest.

>>LAST CHANCE TO WRITE BOARD

I am in budget worksessions and the board sets the tax rate on Tuesday,
April 4th. There is public comment starting at 9:30 a.m. This is the
last public comment before we set the budget. You can email or call
also. Some of you have written the board and thank you for that.

Please write bos@loudoun.gov as soon as possible to tell the board: Keep
reducing spending and work for "NO TAX INCREASE". Or call the board
comment line 703-777-0115. All emails and comments are given to each
Supervisor. Thank you.

>>> Examples of Waste
>>> PYRAMIDS OF BOONDOGGLES IN LEESBURG

I included dozens of examples of government waste in one newsletter
Here's some more:

$6 million savings. Howard Hughes Institute tax exemption. Taxpayers
should not grant a $6 million write off to a $10 billion "non-profit"
corporation.

$3 million emergency command center for the top fire chief for
"emergency management". Loudoun has mostly snow storms to prepare for
and we get days of advance warning. The chief could use the board of
supervisors room or any vacant office space on a contingency basis.

$2.8 million firing range. Currently the Sherrif rents a facility for
$22,000 a year. So why do Supervisors vote to approve millions of
dollars for a firing range in Eastern Loudoun. Locating a firing range
in rural Loudoun makes logical sense but not to my board members. I vote
no to waste.

$300,000 to the Loudoun Museum. Just like the Franklin Park Performing
Arts center this is a personal little collection few Sterling or Eastern
Loudoun residents support. But you are paying $300,000 a year for it.

$50 million in tax dollars go to taxpayer paid for view shed due to the
county assisting in the formation of phoney pretend agricultural and
historical district zones, downzoning and land use ordinances. This
also results in land assessment escalation in the East as well.
Ending the view shed subsidies to rich landowners enjoying view shed
welfare at my and your expense.

$10 million in operating funds waste. Each time the county closes
schools in Western Loudoun due to snow, they also close the Eastern
Loudoun schools. Remember: Roads Plowed, Schools Closed headline in my
recent newsletter?

$20 million in excessive salary increases. This year the liberals are
proposing nine per cent increases in salaries for administrators,
teachers and support staff in the schools and massive 6 to 9 per cent
raises for other county employees. Freeze all salary hikes this year for
everybody due to massive assessment hikes.

$2 million savings. Eliminate the entire Office of Economic Development.
Not since central planning in Moscow, Soviet Russia, have I seen more
enthusiasts for government "partnership" in free enterprise. All trips
out of the county to foreign lands and foreign countries must be
abolished. Ever hear of "hosting" visitors or using the internet?

$1 million in lost revenues. Charge non-county residents use of our
parks. The county agreed to do this and then promptly forgot about it.

$2 million in lost revenues at the garbage dump. Eastern Loudoun
taxpayers pay to operate a large county dump that should charge for
garbage. The dump is largely used by Western Loudoun residents but its
operating costs are paid for by Eastern Loudoun taxes. Another Western
Loudoun rip off of Sterling.

$2 MILLION for Lovetsville Park. You voted "no". Now the liberals want
$750,000 more for horse parks and dog parks in the middle of downzoned
rural Loudoun-- paid for by you.

>>> STERLING TAXPAYERS OUTRAGED ABOUT TAX HIKES
>>> MORE THAN 5,000 APPEAL ASSESSMENTS

We encourage you to lower the tax rate to $.81 to offset the increase
in assessments. Please give the taxpayers a break for a change. Many
of you were elected on promises of lower taxes and more efficient
government -- promises you have yet to deliver.
---Clark & Kathryn Kidd

Roll up your sleeves and make a few tough decisions to lower county
spending. STOP RAISING MY TAXES Michael McManus

...we and our neighbors are stunned by the scale of the increase on real
property taxes.
---J. Surina

MAKE CUTS MAKE CUTS. -- A VERY CONCERNED TAX PAYER.

I see that there is a straw vote that agreed to a lower tax rate.
Good....don't tell me that everything the schools get they should have.
M. Pilchuk

Keep reducing spending and work for "NO TAX INCREASE".Keep the rate down
by reducing spending, go to 81 cents the equalized rate. --E. Hoffmann

Superintendent Hatrick is completely out of control with
spending!PLEASE, DO NOT EXCEED A 90 CENT TAX RATE. --L. Miller,

>>> Webcast of Meetings
>>> Loudoun County Will Start Building Its Own Roads

The "WEBCAST" IS a great way to catch up on the latest boondoggles and
debates.

You can download or listen any time of the day or night and you can hear
the 2 hour discusion from the Wednesday meeting "worksession". This is
new technology at low cost.

http://loudoun.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2

SCIENTIST WHO DISCOVERED TITANIC SHIPWRECK COMING TO LOUDOUN

April 4 Program Open to All Sterling Students and Parents

Dr. Robert Ballard, explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic
Society, will describe some of his notable deep-sea discoveries as well
as how scientists can motivate students by bringing the thrill of
discovery and exploration into the classroom at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April
4, at Dominion High School in Sterling.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) , in conjunction with Loudoun County Public
Schools' new Academy of Science, is hosting the free program.

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