Last night I attended the Public Hearing where the Domino Plan was discussed. When the time came for the public to be heard, I was the second to approach the podium, this is what I said:
My Name is Carrie Wigal and I live at 611 Long Acre Road in the Cunningham District.
I’m afraid the public is not aware that this building project receives ZERO dollars from the state of Virginia as it is a building project, not an operational one. Therefore, community members are solely responsible for footing the bill.
According to an article printed in the Fluvanna Review Board Supervisor Gene Ott calculates a tax increase of 58% if we include the construction and increased direct operating and maintenance costs of the plan. On a $300,000 house that is an additional $750 per year for 20 years.
$300,000? That’s my house. I am a work-at-home mom with a husband, 12 year old son, 3 year old daughter, 2 year old & 3 month old sons. We bought this house from my grandmother. I grew up in this house.
Mr. Ott continues to state real estate taxes over the last four years have already gone up 40%. If that trend continues, in the next four years my taxes will double! I can’t afford to fund this plan. Many of my neighbors cannot afford this plan.
Time is money? MONEY is money. If our taxes go up this much, what makes the school board think this area will grow at the same rate? This tax hike will most likely drive current residents away who can’t afford this increase…both long term residents who remember what the county used to be like and the new ones who came because of the low taxes and rural climate.
While a need for additional space to house students exists, this proposed project was grossly understated in cost and grossly overstated in need. A call for a more manageable solution is needed.
I don’t appreciate scare tactic remarks such as “Buy now before the price goes up.” If the price is too high right now, we need to consider an alternate plan.
The remedy for our current state of affairs as outlined in the Domino Plan is too extreme considering the price tag we’re asked to pay and the actual challenges we are faced with.
The Middle School and surrounding Elementary Schools are overcrowded – we need more permanent housing for these students NOW.
The High School student body is expected to grow over time. There already is an existing plan of expansion in place, why not continue with that plan?
We don’t need a brand new High School. We don’t need 9 athletic fields in addition to the ones already being built at Pleasant Grove.
We are a rural community. We can’t afford 100 Million Dollars for luxury accommodations. There are alternate plans to be considered at a much more reasonable cost.
The decision to move forward on the Domino Plan should be left up to the people who’ll be footing the bill, not a board of six members.
Let the people vote on this. I believe we should have a referendum.
Were you there? Here’s an opportunity for you to share your comments below about the Domino Plan.
EDITORS NOTE: The above remarks were read from pre-written notes. There were a few added comments addressing the documents supporting the tax increase (58%) and the repayment plan (20 years vs 25-30 years) mentioned in these remarks that were distributed at the meeting.
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