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LTE: Metro Tax District Will Fail

Hillsboro residents questions Reid’s support for rail and worries all county residents will have to pay for the project.

Dear Editor,

A week prior to the , I called Supervisor Ken Reid to ask him where he stood. While not verbatim, I think I am really close. 

Ken Reid's response: "John, I know this project has always been a piece of crap, and it still is, but the tax district has legs." 

In other words, he knew something was a major waste of tax dollars, but he was going to vote for it anyways. I was dumbstruck. How does that work?

I asked how he could possibly say that the tax district had "legs," as most landowners couldn't possibly know about it yet (Supervisor Williams only had devised it two weeks prior). Ken then regaled me with a story Joe May once shared with him, on how one day he opened the mail and found out he was in the Route 28 tax district. How funny!!!! Yep, those politicians bulldoze us when we don't expect it—what a laugh riot, those politicians! So I asked him whether that was the right way to treat taxpayers. No response.

I said to him that he sounded schizoid. On one hand, he described the project as a piece of ____, but then said "the funding has legs." Why fund a piece of ___?

He chuckled at my statement. A lengthy, throaty chuckle. The sort of chuckle that brought to mind a mental picture of Ken, reclining in a leather chair, his feet on the desk, cigar in one hand and drink in the other. Life is good now. 

I told him he was chuckling because he knew it was true. He didn't argue with that. More chuckles ...

He claimed that the Government Reform Commission would have some great cost-saving ideas when I asked him where the money would come from to pay for the road infrastructure to support Metro. Plus, they could shake more loose from Loudoun Schools Superintendent Edgar Hatrick. But again, why spend that money on Metro? Just more chuckles...

Since then I have emailed him, asking what happens when the attempt to create the tax district fails, as it is likely to do. As I explained to him (and he already knows), more than 50% of the land in that district is owned by large developers with no interest in a $0.20 tax, especially because they already got what they want; Ken Reid and friends have already voted to commit us to Metro. One of those big developers has already told another anti-Metro activist that it's time for the public to pay for its infrastructure. No response from Ken.

So we, the common taxpayers, living in the highest tax county in Virginia, will be footing the bill. Why am I not chuckling, Ken?

John Grigsby
Hillsboro, VA

[John Grigsby is a member of the Loudoun Opt Out group.]

Kent Clizbe July 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Yeah, those pesky facts tend to complicate things. Just don't listen, that'll surely change reality. In the meantime, a bit more reality to digest: Lawyer to add to your speeddial--specializes in Metro malfeasance: http://www.mdinjurydisabilitylaw.com/2011/12/articles/auto/dc-metro-brake-failure/ "So what do we know? Well, we know a few things. One is that the system is failing across the board. I think we've had this feeling for a while, that it was likely a systemic failure. Now we have proof.": http://whyihatedc.blogspot.com/2009/07/failure-plagues-metro-safety-failures.html Fare hikes with worse service: http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/susan-milligan/2012/07/02/dc-metro-hikes-up-fares-without-improving-service Metro train derailed: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/06/us-usa-derailment-washingtondc-idUSBRE86514D20120706 Convenient? Airport Metro station closed for the weekend!: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/10/metrorail-access-dca-reagan_n_1661827.html Metro Fail in Texas: http://www.newgeography.com/content/002442-major-texas-metro-areas-are-confirming-failures-rail-transit
CC Mojo July 12, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Digesting... A link to a personal injury law firm? That's credible. A blog on Metro safety issues from 2009 that also states "Number of days since the last fatality on Metrorail: 898" An article that says the new pricing is confusing, yet, "Metro is clean and remarkably safe, and its riders are reasonably courteous." Hmm. An article about a derailed train during the recent heat wave. Go figure. (Also, no injuries, FTR) An article that says 2 Metro stations will be closed over the weekend... for maintenance. An article about rail in Texas? Come on! Y.A.W.N.
MIke July 12, 2012 at 02:42 PM
There is no convincing CC_Mojo with facts... she knows what is best for you comrade, now keep payink' taxes so state can buy shiny trains to nowhere. Da Comrade.
CC Mojo July 12, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Awww, there's nothing like a little McCarthyism to brighten up the day.
Bob Bruhns July 12, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Actually, the Texas article is very interesting and valuable. People need to learn from the mistakes that others make. However, for reasons of their own, some people want us to be ignorant of those mistakes, so that we make the same expensive mistakes that were already made elsewhere. One can only guess as to why anybody might want that. Metro Fail in Texas: http://www.newgeography.com/content/002442-major-texas-metro-areas-are-confirming-failures-rail-transit

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