Letter: Zack Lipshultz, Sterling

Editor: On March 3, Loudoun Now covered those who backed public sector pay raises and more funding for affordable housing in the article “Public Employee Pay, Affordable Housing Supported in Budget Public Hearings” and I wanted to commend those who championed each of the aforementioned topics.

In a time when unions are far weaker and more underutilized in the U.S. than they’ve ever been, it’s heartening to see these workers’ solidarity towards their fellow workers and, as they put it, “the most vulnerable members of Loudoun County.”

Public sector workers are absolutely essential to our community, and they more than deserve to be paid the same amount as comparable positions elsewhere in Northern Virginia, especially as the cost of living continues to rise.

In addition, with the ballooning prices in the Northern Virginia housing market, providing more affordable housing is absolutely essential for the area to continue to have stability. 

The current funding structure is in no way sufficient for growth of affordable housing units, and as there continues to be a population boom, it’s more clear than ever that putting county money into the Housing Trust Fund and other projects is the right path forward. 

Zack Lipshultz, Sterling

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  • 2020-03-06 at 8:37 am
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    Zach,
    The best and most direct way to provide affordable housing is to actually build affordable housing including studio and one bedroom apartments. What tends to happen is that well intentioned messaging about supporting lower than average family income needs is to allow large projects building unaffordable housing for the lower than average income family which drives up property taxes and fills our schools by emphasizing the few ADU’s that are added. Housing availability does not necessitate ownership of that home either. With 15 year fixed interest rates at 2.79% as of yesterday and an inflation rate barely above 1% it is also a false claim that if our public employee base does not get at least a 6% raise it is downright cruel is also not justified. 🙂

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