Virginia Beach, Don’t Raise Property Taxes During High Inflation – The Virginian-Pilot

More revenue is going to the resort, and the budget proposed by the Virginia Beach City Council increases property tax revenue by 12%.

Meal tax revenue increases by 43%, which we pay when we buy a Happy Meal at McDonald’s or a pre-cooked chicken at Food Lion. Entertainment tax revenue increases by 61%, something we pay to take our children to the movies, skating, bowling, mini-golf, and hotel tax revenue, the only tourism-only tax, increased by 46%.

These taxes come from all over town, not just the resort area. We should remove the Tourism Investment Scheme Fund so that we all benefit from tourism and not just the waterfront. It is not fair to subsidize business districts when we have districts that pay higher real estate rates for dredging and sand replenishment, or places that are free during tourist season when they might charge entry, or nonprofits when they should be scrambling to solicit donations volunteers from the patrons, do not ask the government to confiscate it from the residents.

Virginians continue to feel financial pressure that prevents them from paying for basic goods and services necessary for daily living. Inflation is at its highest level in 40 years and no relief is in sight; gas costs $4.20 and prices are expected to continue to rise throughout the year.

The average household could incur $5,200 more this year due to inflation. Council should not increase property taxes on top of this burden on ratepayers.

Dianna Howard, President of the Virginia Beach Tea Party, Virginia Beach

What a nightmare for parents. Our schools are turning into a place where the last thing you learn is the three Rs. Instead, it all seems to be about gender fluidity, racism and green initiatives. Of course, none of this helps you find a job or become a productive person. Instead, they help make you a victim, a person in need of support, or an advocate.

I support all parents who are mobilizing to take more control over the way their children are educated. Not surprisingly, there is a rush to home schooling and private schools. Due to these changes, some school districts across the country have had to lay off teachers. Unfortunately, in some cases, the worst place to go to school is in a public school. Maybe if we focused on the basics and did a good job and let parents guide their children through life, we could get better results.

I would rather spend taxpayer dollars helping parents be better parents than turn our schools into social science testing platforms for the last marginalized group. At this rate, we will soon all be victims. I feel this one every time I go to the Department of Motor Vehicles office.

David Murphy, Virginia Beach

Re “Virginia House Democrats Vote to Remove Del. Filler-Corn as Caucus Leader” (April 27). The subtitle of the print version of this article reads: “Scott of Portsmouth leading push to remove Filler-Corn as Minority Leader.” According to the article, Del. Don Scott of Portsmouth led the fight to oust Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, and now he wants his job.

In addition, he wants the caucus leaders to be replaced so that he can put his own in power. Scott doesn’t seem to understand much about politics. First, if he wants to improve his resume, he should run for and win a seat in the Virginia Senate, or better yet, he could run for Congress in his district.

Second, the way to win elections is to work with other Democrats, not to sow hatred and discontent within the ranks. November was a tough election for Democrats in Virginia, and the 2022 election will be tough as well. What a stupid time to leave the minority caucus leaderless until the next meeting of the House of Delegates in Richmond. Fuller-Corn is an articulate, smart, and compassionate leader whose stepping down hurts Democrats and helps Republicans.

Sandra H. Harris, Virginia Beach

Regarding “Nice work” (Your Views, April 29): I would like to give another opinion on Larry Hollowell’s letter praising President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.

I know of no other leader in the history of the war who has ever publicly announced the date for the withdrawal of troops from a war. Biden thus allowed the Afghans to take control of the city; and billions of dollars in equipment and supplies to leave behind. Thirteen soldiers were killed during the withdrawal under his watch.

A much better approach would have been on his first day in office to secretly do the following in this order. First, airlift all the equipment, cannons, Humvees, tanks and helicopters. Then take out the civilians and the Afghans who helped us, and all their families and children. They were so scared that they were ready to hang on to our planes as they took off.

Tom Somma, Virginia Beach

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