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Ask the Candidates: Leesburg Town Council

Patch is collecting reader questions to be answered by candidates prior to the Nov. 6 election.

Are you concerned about public safety? Job creation? Lower tax rates? What about the possible relocation of the court system from downtown Leesburg?

Now is your chance to step up to the podium and get your questions answered.

As we approach November's election, we will be asking Leesburg's Town Council candidates to answer your questions.

You can submit them in the comments section below this article, or email them to leah.kosin@patch.com

The deadline to submit a question is 11:59 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. We'll review all the submissions, pass questions along to the candidates and come back with the answers later this month.

Anthony Fasolo October 13, 2012 at 07:03 PM
What is done with the revenue generated by the Personal Property Tax and why do we who live in Leesburg pay twice (State and town) for our cars while others in Loudoun County only pay once? Do you have any suggestions on how we can do away without this double taxation?
Leah M. Kosin October 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Thanks, Anthony! You're questions will be submitted.
Kristen Umstattd October 14, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Dear Mr. Fasolo: Good questions. The revenue generated by the Personal Property Tax within the Town of Leesburg goes into the General Fund, where it pays for police protection, storm drainage projects, road construction and maintenance, parks, sidewalks, trails, leaf and brush pickup, trash and recycling collection, business outreach, planning and zoning, etc. -- just about every Town function. The reason why town citizens throughout the Commonwealth pay taxes to both the towns and counties they reside in is due to the way the state structures its governmental entities. Local governments are not given the authority to change their tax structures or their forms of government without permission from the General Assembly. The way to do away with double taxation is to persuade the General Assembly to allow the Town to become a city, where residents only pay one level of taxes (to the city) rather than two (to the county and the town). At present, the General Assembly is not permitting the Town to seek city status. If the town were granted city status, the newly formed city would be required to assume responsibility for schools, courts, and social services. To some, that seems extremely expensive; to others, who look at many Virginia cities' ability to contract out these services to exisitng County staff, the solution looks like it could save taxpayers money.
Anthony Fasolo October 14, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Thanks Mayor. I thought that this tax was only for the roads. I did not realize that it paid for other items as well. Also I do remember discussions in the past about the Town becoming a City with all that entails. Then there is the fact that the Virginia General Assembly has to approve this all. Nothing easy here! Thanks again and thanks for all you have done for all the citizens of Leebsurg.

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