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

3 thoughts on “Letter: Lynn C. Condon, Leesburg

  • 2017-01-03 at 12:55 pm

    Either the assessment was too low or our county staff is really poor at negotiating. (or both) Maybe the County should take a look at these types of parcels and offer to buy them at 2x the appraised value. if the owners don’t want to sell, the county would be justified in doubling the assessment. That will help pay for our bloated, $1 billion school system.

  • 2017-01-03 at 8:46 pm

    Great letter.
    You think this is bad? Check out what taxpayers coughed up for the LCSD substation parcel at One Loudoun few years back… Millions for just a few acres. We could have carved out a nice lot right on Loudoun Water’s adjacent, and oversized property. But oh no — that makes way too much sense. We have to pay off the fat cat developers with the money they like best; tax money.

    Check out what we paid for some small property adjustments for three fire stations last year.

    Paying taxes doesn’t bother me; Rather, it’s the utter waste, fraud, and abuse that drives me up the wall. It calls into question the basic competence of local government, and this is just another example. And guess who’s getting a tax hike this year? Come on… just one guess. Loudoun Homeowners will yet again be stuck with tax hikes, and be told they’re “greedy and selfish, and hate kids and puppies too” if we don’t go along with it.

    We need some real change in Loudoun — starting at “Education Court” and taking it right on up to Harrison Street. We deserve better.

  • 2017-01-04 at 10:48 am

    How about a law saying government entities can’t pay more than the assessed value for a property?

    Clearly, either the assessment was way off or the purchase price was. Both are 100% the responsibility of our local government.

    So, who was so wrong?

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