- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 22, 2000

It takes a politician, used to spending other people's money, to believe that higher taxes will "revitalize" blighted communities.

So thinks Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin, who wants to increase property taxes in run-down neighborhoods of Fairfax County. Mr. Griffin is scheduled to present his brainstorm to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Monday.

If approved, special taxing districts would be created in these areas that would allow local governments to levy additional taxes on homeowners and businesses. The amount of the tax would vary from 2.5 cents per every $100 of assessed value (on real property) to as high as 20 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Luckily for Virginia residents, Mr. Griffin's train-of-thought is not popular even among his fellow politicos. Republican Supervisor Stuart Mendelsohn has already called Mr. Griffin's proposal "dead on arrival." And Board of Supervisors Chairman Katherine K. Hanley a Democrat told The Washington Post, "Before I would ever consider supporting that option, there would have to be strong indication from the landowners and businesses that they support doing that." Mr. Griffin may have quite a wait before his nifty proposal becomes public policy.

Here's to a very long wait.

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