Letter: Lynn C. Condon, Leesburg

Editor: As a resident and taxpayer of Loudoun County for the past 40 years, I am outraged after reading the Dec. 29 article titled “County Gov’t, Schools Will Share 151 Acre Property.”

How can our tax dollars be spent so irresponsibly? My outrage is simple: Why is our School board and county administrator allowed to spend our tax money to purchase land that is assed to be worth $4 million dollars at a purchase price of $10 million dollars? Really?

In the real world, that we, the citizens live in, this is nothing less than irresponsible and outrageous spending of hard earned tax money.

To add insult to injury, Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles), stated that the parcel of land “is much larger than what we need to build a high school.” Of course, they went on to explain that future plans for the high school (HS-9) and middle school (MS-7) would be opened ahead of schedule.” Even with HS-9 opening in 2020, the School Board has to get creative to find enough seats for middle and high school students until then.” Creative shouldn’t mean overspending.

Going on to mention that “certainly we’re always looking for opportunities to acquire land to build athletic fields, and this parcel may afford us that opportunity, or some other county use.” This sounds like an attempt to justify spending money for whatever they may want several years from now. Why should this excessive acquisition of land, at a monumentally inflated price, be allowed to take place? Plain and simple, it is fiscally irresponsible. As a taxpayer, I am outraged, and almost in disbelief, that our appointed officials can make such irresponsible decisions about how to spend our tax dollars. Truly there should be better negotiating processes and more fiscal accountability in purchasing land for county use. I am very proud that Loudoun County is one of the best school districts in the country but when you look at how much of our budget is spent on education I believe the taxpayers deserve a better system of checks and balances in how our school/ education tax dollars are spent.

Lynn C. Condon, Leesburg