Thursday, April 09, 2009

Say It Ain't So!


The Growler notes with considerable surprise that Alexandria Taxpayers United chief Bud Miller's name appears on an e-petition supporting higher residential property taxes. The virtual petition is currently being circulated by Democrat Fay Slotnick.

Readers will recall Mr. Miller as a stalwart opponent of tax increases and a critic of the City's spending habits.

Say it ain't so, Bud!

The petition is sponsored by a grouping calling itself Taxpayers United for Budget Equity. "We are property owners in Alexandria to [sic] seek to maintain the quality of life in the City and to increase property taxes as needed to avoid collapse of the infrastructure, services, and safety net for all Alexandrians." The petition also states "we support raising the average residential tax bill by three dollars a week (the price of a nice coffee)."

Also signing the petition: Democratic Party chair Susan B. Kellom, former delegate Marian Van Landingham, Herb Cooper-Levy (whose non-profit housing group nabbed millions in City loans for affordable housing), school board candidate Sheryl Gorsuch, and Councilman Rob Krupicka's campaign manager Julie Jakopic.